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15 Jan, 2009

Great recipe for Spiced Chicken Kabobs

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Recipes and Food

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I’m trying to Eat Clean. Last night I was a little thrown off by a sudden bowl of oil-popped popcorn, and I refuse to give up my morning cup of coffee (but then again, so does Tosca), but I think I’ve been doing well so far! I’m a woman on a mission.  

As I mentioned in my original post, the two easiest meals for me to “healthify” are breakfast and lunch. But what about dinner?

Answer: lean protein. I bought a big package of chicken breasts and decided to use them in a few new recipes. I tried the chicken kebabs (recipe to follow) last night and couldn’t believe my eyes. EVERYONE ATE IT.

Let me say that again:

Everyone.

Ate.

It.

Reason enough, I say, to make it again.

I have to confess, I did have my doubts. After all, it is MEAT. And cumin? Isn’t that a little crazy? And what if they balked at the green bits? I shrugged it off and made it anyway. I’m glad I did.

So without further delay, here is the recipe:

Spiced Chicken Kabobs

1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts (4, possibly 5, depending on how big they are)
1 1/3 cups plain yogurt (I used low fat, turned out fine)
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley (chop it small)
1 tbsp each lemon juice and sesame oil (Gadzooks. Do I ever LOVE THE SMELL OF SESAME OIL!)
1/4 tsp salt (I use sea salt) and freshly ground pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp ground cumin

  • Cut chicken into 1-inch chunks, set aside (Note: the chicken is much easier to cut if it’s been in the freezer for an hour before slicing.)
  • In large bowl, whisk together yogurt, parsley, lemon juice, sesame oil, s & p, and one of the cloves of garlic. Scrape half into small bowl for dipping later.
  • Stir chicken, cumin, and remaining garlic into mixture in large bowl, let marinade 20 minutes (I let it sit in the fridge for about an hour)
  • Thread chicken onto soaked wooden skewers. Discard marinade. Place on foil-lined rimmed baking sheet; broil; turning once, until no longer pink inside, about 10-12 minutes total. Alternately (and this is what I did), skip the skewers and just put the chicken chunks on the foil-lined sheet and broil as directed. Less fuss!
  • Serve with dip.

Ordinarily this is the kind of thing we would have BBQ’d, but it’s currently buried under several feet of snow. Broiling is so quick and easy! The chicken came out incredibly juicy and tender.

I served whole grain couscous on the side, along with cucumber slices and a green salad. Happily for me, there were enough leftovers for my lunch today. Yay!

Let me know if you tried this one out. I’d love to hear your results. Next time I might serve it with brown rice instead of the couscous.


7 Responses to "Great recipe for Spiced Chicken Kabobs"

1 | Vanessa

January 15th, 2009 at 9:21 am

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This sounds delish! Almost puts me in mind of shawarma chicken… yum! Will have to try it!

2 | scatteredmom

January 15th, 2009 at 11:43 am

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I’ll have to try that!

If you make my butter chicken recipe (http://holidaycookienotes.blogspot.com/2008/11/butter-chicken.html)

the chicken (after being marinated in yogurt, spices, and then baked) is wonderful just as is without the sauce. I’m thinking it would be tasty in wraps or something. You may want to tone down the spices a bit for the girls though. It isn’t hot-hot, but a bit spicy. You guys may like it.

3 | andrea

January 15th, 2009 at 11:48 am

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omg, scatteredmom, that looks sooo good! (Great little pic too!)

4 | Chantal

January 15th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

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Hmm those do sound good. I think I may have found my dinner for tomorrow night! And I am all over Scatteredmom’s butter chicken. May try that this weekend!

5 | carrie

January 15th, 2009 at 11:28 pm

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Ok, we ate a good dinner, and it’s 9 pm, but after reading that recipe, I am now HUNGRY! Sounds great!

6 | vanessa

January 16th, 2009 at 8:35 am

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sounds great – i always make too much cous cous –
top tip !
mix remaining cous cous with cinnamon and sugar and put in fridge for an alternative clean breakfast & picture yourself strolling through the Yves Saint Laurent gardens in Marrakesh as the sounds of the morning drift in through the windows .

7 | vanessa

January 16th, 2009 at 8:35 am

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sounds great – i always make too much cous cous –
top tip !
mix remaining cous cous with cinnamon and sugar and put in fridge for an alternative clean breakfast & picture yourself strolling through the Yves Saint Laurent gardens in Marrakesh as the sounds of the morning drift in through the windows .

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