Grilled Chicken Kabobs

  • Active Time 35m
  • Total Time 12h 45m
  • Rating ****

Serves 4

The yogurt in this classic marinade tenderizes the chicken, yielding succulent results. If you like, grill vegetables on separate skewers so their cooking can be easily monitored. Serve the kabobs with pita bread or pilaf and spoon some yogurt-cucumber sauce over the grilled vegetables.


  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 1/2 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • Olive oil for brushing
  • Salt

Companion recipe: Yogurt Cucumber Sauce


In a food processor fitted with the metal blade or in a blender, combine the onion, garlic, lemon juice, paprika, cayenne, the 1/2 teaspoon black pepper and the thyme. Use rapid on-off pulses to combine well. Add the yogurt and pulse to mix.

Rinse the chicken and pat dry. Cut into 1-inch cubes and place in a nonaluminum container. Pour the yogurt mixture over the chicken and turn to coat. Cover and let marinate in the refrigerator for 8 hours.

Prepare a fire in a charcoal grill or preheat a broiler.

Remove the chicken pieces from the marinade, reserving the marinade, and thread them onto metal skewers. Brush the chicken with olive oil, and then sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Place the skewers on an oiled grill rack or a broiler pan and grill or broil, turning and basting once with the reserved marinade, until no longer pink in the center when cut into with a knife: 4-5 minutes per side for breast meat and 5-6 minutes per side for thigh meat.

Transfer the skewers to warmed individual plates or a platter. Serve hot.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Owen. All rights reserved.

RecID 2183

nutrition information per serving

265 calories; 5g total fat; 102mg cholesterol; 156mg sodium; 11g carbohydrates; 1g fiber; 44g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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