Monday, July 20, 2009

Grilled Chicken Kebabs

I picked up copy of "Summer Entertaining" magazine, by the people at Cooks Illustrated. It is full of delicious looking summer recipes. Lots of which are Mediterranean in origin. I tried this one first & it was a big hit. DH declared that I must make this on vacation this summer.

Begin by cutting 6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves into 1" cubes. Set aside in a resealable plastic bag, or a plastic container. Next, make the marinade. Put 3/4 cup of plain yogurt in a medium mixing bowl.

Add 6 tablespoons of olive oil, 4 teaspoons of minced garlic,

1 tablespoon each of fresh thyme & oregano,

1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, some freshly ground black pepper & and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Stir to combine & pour over the chicken. Chill for 3-6 hours.

When ready to cook, preheat a grill on high heat for 15 minutes. Quarter two large red onions

& slice into 1" pieces. Then, seed 3 red bell peppers & slice into 1" pieces.

Thread the skewers...starting with 2 pieces of pepper, followed by 1 piece of onion & 2 pieces of chicken. Repeat twice for each skewer. Lower the heat on the grill to medium high & cook for 10-12 minutes, uncovered. Turn the skewers several times while cooking.

Transfer the kebabs to a platter & serve.

Grilled Chicken Kebabs

Adapted from Cooks Illustrated Magazine: Summer Entertaining
Serves 6

3/4 cup plain greek yogurt
6 tablespoons olive oil
4 teaspoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme
1 tablespoon minced fresh oregano
1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
pinch cayenne pepper
6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into 1" cubes
3 red bell peppers, stemmed, seeded & cut into 1" pieces
2 large red onions, quartered & sliced into 1" pieces

Place in cubed chicken in a large resealable bag, or storage container.
Whisk the yogurt, oil, garlic, thyme, oregano, salt, pepper & cayenne in a mixing bowl. Pour over the chicken, stir & chill for 3-4 hours.
Remove the chicken from the marinade. Thread each skewer with 2 pieces pepper, 1 piece onion, and 2 pieces chicken. Repeat twice.
Prepare a grill: Preheat on high for 15 minutes. Clean & oil the grates. Lower the heat to medium-heat & grill the kebabs, uncovered for 10-12 minutes. Rotate them several times while cooking. Remove when the chicken is cooked through & the center is no longer pink.
Transfer to a platter & serve.
Click here for the printable recipe.


NikiTheo said...

OMG, these look delicious!!! I want dinner for breakfast, right now!!!!

Anthony said...

This looks really delicious, I'm a crazy fan of kebab and will surely try your recipe. Thank you so much for sharing this post!

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