These tender, juicy chicken kebabs are marinated overnight in yogurt and a Middle Eastern-inspired spice blend. Serve them up in a pita with lettuce, tomato, feta and tahini sauce, and you’re in business.
These tender, juicy chicken kebabs are marinated overnight in yogurt and a Middle Eastern-inspired spice blend. Serve them up in a pita with lettuce, tomato, feta and tahini sauce.
- 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut in 1-1 ½ inch cubes
- 1 cup plain, whole milk yogurt (not Greek)
- 1 ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon smoked, sweet paprika
- ½ teaspoon garam masala or baharat spice blend, if you can find it
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt, plus more as needed
- ½ teaspoon fresh cracked pepper, plus more as needed
- Olive oil, as needed
- 1 cup green leaf lettuce, thinly sliced
- 8–10 cherry tomatoes, sliced
- Lemon juice, to taste
- Tahini sauce (see recipe), for serving
- Feta cheese, for crumbling
- Pita bread, for serving (gluten free, if needed)
- Marinate chicken: Combine yogurt, spices, garlic and lemon juice. Add chicken and marinade at least 2 hours or up to overnight.
- Prep for grilling: Remove excess marinade and skewer chicken. If using wooden skewers, soak in water for 30 minutes before using to prevent burning. Allow chicken to come to room temperature for 30 minutes to an hour before grilling. Heat grill pan or outdoor grill over medium to medium-high heat. Season chicken with additional salt and pepper.
- Grill: Grill for a total of about 10-12 minutes or until chicken is charred and cooked through.
- Dress vegetables: Lightly drizzle lettuce with oil, squeeze over lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Season tomato slices with salt and pepper.
- Serve: Place chicken, lettuce and tomato in pita bread and top with tahini sauce and feta. I like to cut up extra lettuce and tomato on the side and use any leftover tahini sauce as salad dressing. Enjoy.
- Time does not reflect inactive time. The marinating process takes another 2-24 hours.
- Category: Main
- Method: Grill
- Cuisine: Middle Eastern
- Serving Size: 5 oz chicken + ⅓ accompaniments
- Calories: 474
- Sugar: 15g
- Sodium: 1189mg
- Fat: 18g
- Saturated Fat: 7g
- Carbohydrates: 32g
- Protein: 46g
Keywords: chicken, kebabs, tahini