Friday, 3 October 2014

Paprika and garlic chicken kebabs (with kebab shop salad)

Think kebab and you'd be forgiven for thinking fatty, cheap meat and greasy... but kebabs don’t have to be that way. Oh no. 

My chicken kebabs here are low fat, full of flavour and full of health benefits!!!

a healthy alternative to the kebab shop 

It’s also a really simple dish to cook, and you can play around with the ingredients. I alternated my chicken pieces with onion and potato. Potato isn't usually something you see skewered on a stick I know, but it actually makes a good contribution to the kebab, a kind of healthy alternative to the chip. Onion is a staple for a kebab skewer in my eyes but I did then discover the Boy doesn't like large chunks of onion.

Play around with veggies too… perhaps add courgette or peppers? Maybe add hunks of chorizo for a meatier and spicier kebab?

This is also the perfect dish to make up earlier on the day as the longer you marinate the chicken the better it will taste.

preping the sauce 

I served my chicken kebabs with homemade wholemeal pitta and “kebab shop styles salad” (aka shredded iceberg lettuce, thinly sliced tomato, cucumber, white onion and a few pickles and gerkins).


2 tbsp of melted coconut oil
2 tsp of paprika
½ tsp of chilli flakes or powder
4 garlic cloves, crushed
Juice and zest of 1 lime
2 large chicken breasts, diced
2 small potatoes
3 small onions
(small veggies are best so that the ratio of chicken to veg is more even)

You’ll also need bamboo skewers

Serves 2-3

 First off you need to soak the bamboo skewers at least 30 min before you need them. 

I'm not sure why it works, but it stop the sticks from burning when cooking

Whisk all the juices, oils and spices together in a bowl until well combined

combine and stir 

Add the chunks of chicken and make sure all the pieces are evenly coated

be careful!!!! 

Cover the bowl with cling film and leave to rest in the fridge until you need. 

Try to do this for at least 30 minutes  if you’re in a rush but the longer the better really! 

When ready, assemble the kebabs. Alternate the chicken pieces and veggies. 

Lay them on a wire rack and cook for about 15 min. You can either grill them or bake in the oven. Your preference

Whilst the kebabs are cooking, you can make your salad – I simply finely shredded iceberg lettuce along with thinly sliced tomato, cucumber and leftover white onion with a mandolin. For added homage to the kebab shop, I mixed a clove of garlic to a large dollop of mayo for my own garlic sauce.

How simple is that!!!

Plus this is a very healthy meal! 

plate bursting with flavour 

Coconut oil has a wealth of benefits from helping with weight loss, a healthier heart, help fight infection... the list is long! 

Paprika is a great anti-ager, can help with skin problems and aids digestion and has cardiovascular benefits! Read more here.

Garlic can help combat sickness, reduce blood pressure and lower cholesterol! Read more here.

Love this? Then try my other chicken recipes...
sweet n sticky chicken drumsticks
chicken risotto
cornflake chicken

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