One of my very best friends in all of the world is coming to visit me next weekend and since she lives in Vermont, she'll be bringing me all sorts of glorious things like cheese from Cabot and chocolates from Lake Champlain Chocolate Company, and coffee from Green Mountain Coffee Roasters. All of those things are special to the area in which she lives and I wanted to do the same for her by showering her with specialties from the Southern Tier.

Now, if you ask me, all of the time is spiedie time, and around these parts, we do celebrate deliciously grilled marinated hunks of meat all year long, but even more so during the summer months. I mean, Spiedie Fest anyone?

Speaking of Spiedie Fest, in 2013 I was poised to participate in the Spiedie Fest Cooking Competition, but ended up in the hospital due to a medical emergency which meant I wasn't able to participate. I was absolutely devastated because I'd worked so hard to create what I was sure would be the perfect spiedie marinade recipe.

There's nothing quite like a good bottle of spiedie sauce, but I really do like to try to recreate recipes. So, if you happen to be looking for a homemade spiedie marinade, I'd love to invite you to try mine and then to honestly let me know what you think. I'm always up for improving my recipes!

You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup of olive oil
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon of dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon of dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon paprika, or 2 tablespoons if you like a kick
  • 3 teaspoons of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 tablespoons of mayo (sounds ick, but trust me on this!)
  • 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 3-4 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into cubes


  • Cut the chicken breasts into decently sized cubes and give them a stab or two with a fork, or a sharp knife so that the marinade can really seep inside. Don't worry if you have some chunks of chicken that aren't the same size, but do try to keep them as close to the same size as you can because it'll  help them cook more evenly.
  • Mix all of the other ingredients together to make the marinade.
  • Add marinade and chicken together in a big covered container or zip lock bag and refrigerate at least overnight if not longer- I usually let mine marinate for about three days, giving the container a good shake every day or so to make sure everything is getting even marinade coverage.
  • When you're ready to make your spiedies, thread a couple of cubes of chicken onto skewers (if you're using wood skewers make sure to soak them in water before cooking or you could end up with a nasty charred mess) and grill for a couple of minutes, turning occasionally.  You won’t need to cook the chicken as long as you normally would because the vinegar will partially cook the chicken.
  • Serve on fresh Italian bread