Cook at home: Chicken kebab

Another great meal for week’s cheat meal. However, if made at home, I wouldn’t even call it a cheat meal… As well, it’s really fast to cook – it can be made in half an hour easily.

What is kebab?

Well, according to wikipedia, kebabs are various cooked meat dishes, with their origins in Middle Eastern cuisine. Many variants are popular around the world.

In most countries, a kebab may be the classic shish kebab or shashlik – small cubes of meat cooked on a skewer. To be honest, shashlik is really popular food in Lithuania and I never knew it’s just kebab. Well, every day is the school day I guess. If anyone would ask what kebab is to me – grilled/cooked meat, usually chicken or donner, served with fries or in a bun/naan. Therefore I will share a simple recipe to make exactly that 😛

Turkish chicken kebab

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole-milk Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, or more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Aleppo red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, halved
  • 4 eaches long metal skewers

Method

  1. Whisk yogurt, lemon juice, olive oil, ketchup, garlic, red pepper flakes, salt, cumin, black pepper, paprika, and cinnamon together in a bowl.
  2. Place chicken thigh halves into the yogurt marinade and coat them thoroughly on all sides. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate 2 to 8 hours.
  3. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate.
  4. Using 2 skewers for each kebab, thread half of the chicken thighs onto each pair of skewers making a fairly thick “log” shape.
  5. Place kebabs on grill. Do not try to turn them until they begin to unstick from the grill, 3 or 4 minutes. Turn kebabs and grill the other side 3 or 4 minutes; turn. Continue cooking and turning until chicken is no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, about 6 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

Can you cook chicken kebabs in the oven instead?

Yes. Of course, don’t use metal skewers, but instead use bamboo skewers – soak them in water for about 30 minutes before!

Cook it about 20-30 minutes at 180°C(~356°F). Always check that meat is cooked thoroughly before serving!

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