Middle Eastern Chicken KebabsOne of our favorite ways to eat chicken thighs is to turn them into kebabs. I just love eating bites of chicken in naan or pita bread. I came across this recipe a few weeks ago and made it as a quick weeknight meal. Dr. Sweetpea devoured the chicken and told me to save the recipe while he was eating dinner. This is definitely a keeper recipe in our household.
Middle Eastern Chicken Kebabs(Source: Once Upon a Chef)
1 cup plain whole milk Greek yogurt2 tablespoons olive oil2 teaspoons paprika1/2 teaspoon cumin1/8 teaspoon cinnamon (I omitted)1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes Zest from one lemon2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, from one lemon1 3/4 teaspoons salt1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper5 garlic cloves, minced2 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, trimmed of any excess fat and cut into large bite-sized pieces1 large red onion, cut into wedges (I omitted)Vegetable oil, for greasing the grill
In a medium bowl, combine the yogurt, olive oil, paprika, cumin, cinnamon, red pepper flakes, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, pepper and garlic. Thread the chicken onto metal skewers, folding if the pieces are long and thin, alternating occasionally with the red onions. Be sure not to cram the skewers. (Note: You'll need between 6-8 skewers.) Place the kebabs on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Spoon or brush the marinade all over the meat, coating well. Cover and refrigerate at least eight hours or overnight. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. To grease the grill, lightly dip a wad of paper towels in vegetable oil and, using tongs, carefully rub over the grates several times until glossy and coated. Grill the chicken kebabs until golden brown and cooked through, turning skewers occasionally, 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer the skewers to a platter and serve.
*Note: since the weather was crummy when I tried to grill the chicken, I baked the kebabs in the oven for 30 minutes at 430 degrees.