Turkish Chicken Kebabs

My husband and I have always loved Turkish food (we love all types of ethnic foods!), and there was a time in our lives when ordering Turkish from a local restaurant was our regular Friday night meal. But that’s going back a ways…..we haven’t ordered takeout in the longest time because most restaurant food doesn’t taste good to us anymore and we can’t be certain of the ingredients they’re using.  But that doesn’t mean we’ve stopped eating all of our favorite ethnic foods, we simply make homemade versions instead!

This is one of those really simple, easy to throw together meals, provided you remember the marinate the chicken in advance. You can make it as spicy as you like, but I err on the side of mild, because I’m such a wimp when it comes to spicy food!

Turkish Chicken Kebabs

1 pound chicken breast meat

Marinade:
¼ cup plain yogurt
1.5 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
½ teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon paprika
¼ teaspoon chili powder
Pinch of cayenne (for a bit of spice)
Heaped ¼ teaspoon sea salt
1-2 cloves garlic, minced

Sides:
Rice or pita bread (exclude if GAPS or grain-free)
Shredded lettuce
Tomato
Cucumber
Olives
Red onion
Hummus
Feta
Yogurt sauce

1. Cut the chicken into even size pieces
2. Mix marinade ingredients in a bowl. Add the chicken pieces and mix to coat evenly. Refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours.
3. Thread chicken pieces onto skewers OR simply lay the chicken pieces out on a grill rack (this is what I prefer to do). Grill about 5-8 minutes each side, depending on the thickness of your chicken, until the chicken is cooked through. You could also cook the chicken under the broiler in your oven.
4. Serve with sides of your choice.

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10 Responses to Turkish Chicken Kebabs

  1. Yum, yum, yum!!! I can’t wait to make this, I’m pinning it now too :)

  2. This looks delicious! Any idea how it would turn out cooked in a pan? I don’t have a grill.

    • Debbie says:

      Oops, I used the word “grill” when I actually mean broil! So I didn’t cook this on the grill (which I call the BBQ), I broiled it in my oven. Where I come from (New Zealand) we don’t use the word “broil”, we use “grill” when referring to both the oven and the BBQ. I hope this makes sense! I’m going to update this recipe to make it clear, thanks :)

  3. mossy stone says:

    These sound good- I love cumin!

  4. Michaela says:

    I just printed this to add to the menu next week! Looks delicious!

  5. Miz Helen says:

    This is an awesome dish that we will just love Debbie. I really like the combination of the flavors in the recipe. Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Happy St. Patrick’s Day and Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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