By Christie Vanover | Published May 19, 2013 | Last Updated December 28, 2022
This is the best summer chicken recipe I’ve ever created. It’s bursting with fresh citrus flavor and is super juicy thanks to the thin pancetta.
Pancetta is Italian bacon. It has that bacon-like smokiness we all love and just the right pork belly mix of fat and meat. Because it’s sliced much thinner, it cooks up fast and crispy on the grill.
The crispy smokiness punched with the citrus and a hint of rosemary just screams summer. This will definitely become a weekly summer recipe in the Zestuous house.
For a quick, easy side dish, make a little extra marinade for eggplant, zucchini or asparagus. Toss the marinated veggies on the grill while you prepare the chicken. Super summery and delicious!
Lemon Pancetta Chicken
- 1 - 1 ½ lbs. chicken breasts
- 1 lemon
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 clove garlic minced
- ½ tsp. kosher salt
- ½ tsp. course ground black pepper
- ½ tsp. dried rosemary
- 3-4 ozs. sliced pancetta
- Cut the chicken into about 2-inch cubes. Place in a bowl. Zest and juice the lemon. Add the zest and juice to the chicken with the olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper and rosemary. Toss to coat.
- Tear each pancetta slice in half and wrap around a chicken cube.
- Skewer the wrapped chicken onto kabob sticks.
- Grill on medium heat for 14 minutes (7 minutes per side). Serve.
This estimate was created using an online nutrition calculator
Saw this on FB and saved it because who doesn’t love anything with pancetta…Finally tried it today and wish I hadn’t waited so long! It’s a keeper! Easy prep and such a fresh light flavor. Doubled the marinade and skewered baby bella mushrooms, yellow summer squash, sweet yellow pepper and vidalia onions to pair with the chicken. A side of rice made the meal. Thank you!
Wow Janet. Thank you so much for sharing. I’m really glad you liked it.
This recipe was delish. A new favorite. And I think it was even better left over! I shared it with my Facebook group, Tired of the Same Ol’ Same Ol’ Dinners. Thanks!
Shelly, Thanks for sharing with your group. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I like it leftover, too. It’s great the next day on salad.
Threw this together for guests tonight & they were blown away! (Me too!) Simple and super delicious – thanks for that!
Yay! I loved that you were a rockstar for your guests.
Just back from the grill.
I only can say: Great, great, great.
I had greek “Tsaziki” with the skewers.
Any idea for another sauce?
Regards from Germany
Danke George. I think Tzatziki is the perfect choice. You could also use a lemon butter sauce or maybe a mild honey mustard.
Looks delish!! 🙂 I think I shall be adding this to my menu this week!
Thanks so much. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says
Love this! And now, I’m suddenly in the mood to fire up the grill!
Thanks so much!