Chicken Shish Kebab is often associated with disorderly late nights in the cold, soggy French fries, and a can of drink on the sidewalk. Unfortunately, this image of a kebab means that many consider it an unhealthy food, while it actually is grilled chicken cubes!
It is up to us whether we accompany the dish with deep-fried onion rings, tablespoons full of sauce, or a flatbread and salad and a little bit of sauce.
The keyword is moderation!
This chicken shish kebab recipe is very easy to prepare and follow; the chicken can be marinated and then frozen in portions or it can be cooked and used in wraps, sandwiches, salads… you name it! It is extremely tasty and versatile.
How to prepare authentic chicken shish kebab in the oven?
By using some skewers and the side of an oven tray to elevate the meat, this chicken kebab will taste fantastic and will stay moist.
What is the difference between kebab vs kabob?
As far as my research has taken me while looking to create the perfect weight-loss recipe with an authentic taste, there is none; kebab and kebob are the same, but they may be spelled or pronounced differently in different places, such as Iran, Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan.
Kabob Marinade recipes: what makes this recipe the different?
This recipe uses mustard oil and a light mix of eastern spices, all lightened up with a small amount of curd and juice.
Can I use chicken thighs instead of the breast?
Yes, you can! On this occasion, I went for chicken breast, as it is easier to dice and stick on a skewer.
Can I cook these in a pan or the oven without a skewer?
Yes, of course! If cooking in a pan, lightly grease the bottom of the frying pan with some cooking spray and cook on medium heat until thoroughly cooked; if cooking this in the oven without skewers, you can either use a lightly greased grilling rack or a tray with a sheet of foil, lightly greased as well. The grilling rack will give the elevation the skewer would have given, while the foil would crisp up the bottom of the meat a bit more, as it heats up well in the oven.
What is mustard oil and what are its benefits?
Mustard oil is extracted from black, brown, and white mustard seeds and typically has a dark amber color; like all oils, it is very high in calories and fat, however, it also has some benefits, like most foods, when consumed in moderation.
Mustard Oil is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, which are good for heart and hair growth.
This oil is especially used for external treatments, such as ayurvedic massages. It is important that this oil is used in extreme moderation and that is labeled for oral consumption, as it can have several side effects.
Should you not have or feel uncomfortable using mustard oil, then you can use sunflower, vegetable, rice bran, or peanut oil; please note the use of this oil as food is not licensed in some countries in the world, such as the EU, USA, and Canada.
What are the benefits of chicken breast?
One hundred grams of skinless and boneless chicken breast has 31g of proteins and has no sugars nor starch, meaning they are carbohydrate-free and have very low amounts of fat as well. Chicken breast is a great source of phosphorus, vitamin B6, selenium, and niacin. This poultry meat is also known for assisting with building and maintaining muscles, as well as strengthening bones and reducing appetite.
What can I serve this chicken shish kebab with?
Anything you fancy, really! I love to serve it in a wrap made with homemade Lebanese Mountain Bread, salad, and a nice selection of Mediterranean trimmings, but this chicken can be chopped and tossed in salads, in sauces, on top of crackers with some yogurt sauce. It is extremely versatile and when cooked properly it can be eaten hot or cold.
How long do I need to marinate the chicken?
Ideally, as long as possible, but I would say at least half an hour; if you know you will want it in advance for dinner, you can prepare it as early as the night before or in the morning, and leave it to marinate in a sealed container in the fridge.
You will love this recipe as it is quick to prepare, easy to cook, and family and weight-loss friendly!
~~Looking for other chicken inspiration? Check out this Chicken Tikka Baguettes with Green Chutney Dressed Crunchy Salad!
- 500 g Diced Chicken Breast Skinless and Boneless
- For the marinade:
- 1 Tbsp Mustard Oil or Sunflower, Vegetable, Rice Bran or Peanut
- 5 Tbsp Full-Fat Natural Set Yogurt
- 2 tsp Kashmiri Chili Powder
- ½ tsp Turmeric Powder
- 1 tsp Coriander Powder
- 1 tsp Garam Masala
- ½ Tsp Cracked Black Pepper
- 2 tsp Lime Juice or Lemon Juice
- 3 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
- 10 g Finely Chopped Fresh Coriander
- In a small bowl, add the yogurt with all the other ingredients for the marinade and mix until uniform.
- In a large mixing bowl, add the chicken and the marinade on top, and mix until every piece of chicken is fully coated. Cover the bowl with a lid or cling film and leave to marinate for at least half an hour in the fridge.
- Once you are ready to start preparing and the meat is sufficiently marinated, preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius, Gas 4 or 350 Fahrenheit.
- Choose a baking tray that had lifted edges where you will be able to rest the skewers; divide the meat on the skewers so that each piece is next to each other, without leaving a gap, but without them being too close together that the meat will struggle to cook.
- Place the skewers on the baking tray so that the meat is almost floating (as in the picture in the description above), then put to cook on the middle tray in the oven for approximately 25 minutes, or until cooked.
- Once ready, allow to sit for a couple of minutes before serving and enjoying.