Delicious Zia’s Chicken Spiedini Recipe In 5 Easy Steps

Last Updated on October 30, 2022

Today, we will be making the classic Zia’s chicken spiedini recipe. But, we’ve added some additional aromatics to make this dish even more flavorful!

Zia’s chicken spiedini recipe doesn’t take a long time to make and is relatively effortless. The longest time is spent waiting for the chicken to marinate – which you can even do in advance!

So, give this recipe a try and pair it with one of our delicious accompaniments on our site.

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About Our Take On Zia’s Chicken Spiedini Recipe

Zia’s is a famous Northern Italian restaurant located in Saint Louis Missouri. They have been in business since 1985! Which should say something about their delicious food!

After their restaurant tragically burnt down, they didn’t put down their chef hats there. Instead, they rebuilt and evolved into an even bigger franchise than before.

One thing that made Zia’s special since they began their restaurant was their incredibly delicious sauces. One of the sauces that did best and is still for sale is their white wine lemon and butter sauce.

This is the sauce that they use to make their famous chicken spiedini recipe.

So, what exactly is chicken spiedini? This is a traditional Italian dish made from breaded and skewered chicken. It is topped with a delicious flavorful garlic butter sauce and some cheese.

How do you cook Spiedini in the oven

There are hundreds of recipes out there that even use different kinds of meat.

But today, with some tweaks to Zia’s original recipe, we’ll be making it as authentic as we can. But with even more flavor and texture!

What You Need To Make Zia’s Chicken Spiedini Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds of chicken tenders
  • 1 1/2 cups Zia’s Sweet Italian Salad Dressing
  • 3 cups Zia’s White Wine Lemon Butter Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups butter mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 cups Prosciutto ham
  • 1 1/2 cups Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon mixed Italian herbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups cheese of your choice, grated

Equipment

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Mixing bowls
  • Ziplock bags
  • Saucepan
  • Mixing spoon
  • Skewers
  • Frying pan or griddle pan
  • Tongs

Zia’s Sweet Italian Oil & Vinegar Salad Dressing, 16 Ounce Bottle

Step by step instructions

Step 1: Marinate the chicken tenders

To start, place the chicken tenders and Sweet Italian Salad Dressing inside a zip-lock bag. Make sure to remove as much air as you can before sealing it up.

Allow the chicken to marinate inside the fridge for at least 30 minutes, but preferably up to 4 hours.

Step 2:  Make the wine sauce

Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Once melted, add the minced garlic and sliced mushrooms. Cook them until they are finished. Then, add the Prosciutto and give it a stir.

Finally, pour in the white wine butter sauce and mix the ingredients well. Bring the sauce to a simmer and leave it for 5 minutes.

Once finished, remove it from the heat and set it aside.

Step 3: Make the breading and coat the chicken

Next, make your seasoned breading mixture. Combine the Italian breadcrumbs, Italian herb mix, and fine salt. Mix the ingredients well to ensure they are combined.

Then, remove the marinated chicken tenders from the ziplock bags. Place each tender into the seasoned breadcrumbs and ensure they are coated well.

Add the chicken pieces onto a skewer and set each portion aside. You should get about 6-8 skewers in total.

Step 4: Cook the chicken skewers

Heat your olive oil in a frying pan or on a griddle over medium heat. Place a couple of skewers in the pan and cook them for roughly 3 minutes per side (12 minutes total).

Of course, only remove the chicken once it has been fully cooked.

Step 5: Serve the chicken spiedini

Finally, place the grilled chicken skewers on a serving plate. Top them with your grated cheese and delicious garlic butter sauce. Serve this dish while your chicken is still hot.

Expert Tips And Tricks

  • For a marinade to start tenderizing and flavoring meat, it should be left for at least 30 minutes. But, you can ultimately leave this recipe to marinate for up to 12 hours. This means that you can make it the night before and finish it off the next day.
  • You can use any type of cheese that you like. Zia’s themselves use Provel cheese, but that may be hard to find for some people. Have a look at this list of substitutes for this cheese.
  • If you are using wooden skewers for this recipe, make sure to soak them in warm water for 20 minutes before adding the chicken. This will ensure that they don’t burn over the heat of the pan.
  • Don’t overload the pan when cooking your chicken skewers. If you do, they won’t cook evenly. Work in batches of 2 to 4 depending on the size of your pan.
  • If you’d like you can make this recipe inside an oven. Preheat your oven to 360ºF (180ºC) and bake the chicken for about 20 minutes.
What does chicken spiedini taste like

Preparations Times And Servings

Preparation TimesCooking TimesServings
30 minutes – 4 hours24 minutes8-10

Wrapping Things Up

If you try this Zia’s chicken spiedini recipe at home, let us know what you think! And, if you have any other questions or tricks you’d like to share, let us know in the comments below!

FAQs

How many calories are in a chicken spiedini?

Naturally, the exact amount of calories in a recipe depends on the type of ingredient you use. For example, substituting oil with butter will affect the calorie count. The portion sizes also affect the exact amount of calories. On average, one serving of chicken spiedini will contain 385 calories. If you know a little about calories, this is quite average for a healthy meal.

How do you reheat spiedini chicken?

The quickest and easiest way to reheat chicken spiedini is to microwave it until it's steaming. Otherwise, you can place the spiedini in a baking dish and reheat it inside an oven for 10-15 minutes at 320ºF (160ºC).

What does chicken spiedini taste like?

The exact recipes for chicken spiedini vary a lot! Generally, the chicken is skewered and breaded. It is served with a creamy garlic butter sauce. Our recipe is no different, but it features Zia's signature sauce. it's rich, creamy,
and packed with umami flavors from the ham and mushrooms. The chicken is super tender yet crisp and very juicy!

How do you cook Spiedini in the oven?

If you would like to make spiedini inside the oven instead of in a pan, you can preheat the oven to 360ºF (180ºC). Then, place the chicken inside an oven-safe fish and bake it for 20 minutes. Always check if your chicken has finished baking before removing it.

Delicious Zia's Chicken Spiedini Recipe In 5 Easy Steps

What does chicken spiedini taste like

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Today, we will be making the classic Zia's chicken spiedini recipe. But, we've added some additional aromatics to make this dish even more flavorful! Zia's chicken spiedini recipe doesn't take a long time to make and is relatively effortless. The longest time is spent waiting for the chicken to marinate - which you can even do in advance!
Prep Time 4 hrs
Cook Time 24 mins
Total Time 4 hrs 24 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 10

Equipment

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Mixing bowls
  • Ziplock bags
  • Saucepan
  • Mixing Spoon
  • Skewers
  • Frying pan or griddle pan
  • Tongs

Ingredients
  

  • 3 pounds of chicken tenders
  • 1 1/2 cups Zia's Sweet Italian Salad Dressing
  • 3 cups Zia's White Wine Lemon Butter Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups butter mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 cups Prosciutto ham
  • 1 1/2 cups Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon mixed Italian herbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups cheese of your choice, grated

Instructions
 

  • Marinate the chicken tenders
    To start, place the chicken tenders and Sweet Italian Salad Dressing inside a zip-lock bag. Make sure to remove as much air as you can before sealing it up.
    Allow the chicken to marinate inside the fridge for at least 30 minutes, but preferably up to 4 hours.
    3 pounds of chicken tenders, 1 1/2 cups Zia's Sweet Italian Salad Dressing
  • Make the wine sauce
    Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Once melted, add the minced garlic and sliced mushrooms. Cook them until they are finished. Then, add the Prosciutto and give it a stir.
    Finally, pour in the white wine butter sauce and mix the ingredients well. Bring the sauce to a simmer and leave it for 5 minutes.
    Once finished, remove it from the heat and set it aside.
    2 tablespoons butter, 2 garlic cloves, minced, 2 cups butter mushrooms, sliced, 2 cups Prosciutto ham, 3 cups Zia's White Wine Lemon Butter Sauce
  • Make the breading and coat the chicken
    Next, make your seasoned breading mixture. Combine the Italian breadcrumbs, Italian herb mix, and fine salt. Mix the ingredients well to ensure they are combined.
    Then, remove the marinated chicken tenders from the ziplock bags. Place each tender into the seasoned breadcrumbs and ensure they are coated well.
    Add the chicken pieces onto a skewer and set each portion aside. You should get about 6-8 skewers in total.
    1 1/2 cups Italian breadcrumbs, 1 teaspoon mixed Italian herbs, 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • Cook the chicken skewers
    Heat your olive oil in a frying pan or on a griddle over medium heat. Place a couple of skewers in the pan and cook them for roughly 3 minutes per side (12 minutes total).
    Of course, only remove the chicken once it has been fully cooked.
    1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Serve the chicken spiedini
    Finally, place the grilled chicken skewers on a serving plate. Top them with your grated cheese and delicious garlic butter sauce. Serve this dish while your chicken is still hot.
    2 cups cheese of your choice, grated

Notes

If you are using wooden skewers for this recipe, make sure to soak them in warm water for 20 minutes before adding the chicken. This will ensure that they don't burn over the heat of the pan.
Don't overload the pan when cooking your chicken skewers. If you do, they won't cook evenly. Work in batches of 2 to 4 depending on the size of your pan.
If you'd like you can make this recipe inside an oven. Preheat your oven to 360ºF (180ºC) and bake the chicken for about 20 minutes.
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