These Yogurt Marinated Chicken Kebabs can be cooked on a grill as well as in the oven which makes them perfect for the BBQ season as well as other occasions.
Marinating chicken in yogurt helps to tenderize the meat and prevents it from drying out when it’s cooked. All the spices give the chicken a wonderful flavor.
Do you still use a plastic bag for marinating chicken? I prefer using a glass bowl instead. The acid in the marinade can cause the plastic to leach harmful chemicals into the food which I really want to avoid. In addition, using a bowl is much more environmentally friendly because I don’t need to toss the plastic bag in the garbage – just wash the bowl and the clean up is done.
Another useful grilling tip: if you use wooden skewers, soak them for a few hours before grilling. There are two reasons for doing this: first, it might prevent them catching fire, and second, it will prevent the food from sticking to the wood so that it can slide off easily after grilling.
How to serve these yogurt marinated chicken kebabs:
- These chicken kebabs are perfect for a summer barbecue dinner served with grilled vegetables such as eggplant, tomatoes, bell pepper, etc;
- The yogurt marinated chicken kebabs also taste great on top of a mixed greens salad sprinkled with balsamic vinegar and olive oil (add some crumbled feta and olives for a Mediterranean touch);
- The chicken kebabs are a perfect addition to a chicken and veggie wrap or sandwich.
- 3 pounds skinless boneless chicken, cut into 1-inch cubes
- salt and pepper
- 1 cup plain 3% yogurt
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice (about 1/2 lemon)
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 Tbsp mustard seeds
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- Metal or wooden skewers
- In a large bowl, mix all marinade ingredients.
- Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Add the chicken pieces to the marinade making sure that the chicken is all covered in the marinade. (You can also do it in a plastic bag. I prefer using glass bowls because the acid in the marinade might cause the plastic to leach harmful chemicals into the food. In addition, I think it's much more environmentally friendly).
- Cover the bowl and place it in the fridge. Let the chicken marinate for 3 to 6 hours.
- Once ready to cook, thread chicken onto skewers and cook on the grill or in the oven until cooked through. (If you cook it in the oven, preheat the oven to 400F and cook for about 25 minutes until no longer pink inside.)