Persian Style Chicken Kabobs
Moby Dick's House of Kabob is one of my favorite places ever. Anyone that knows me is aware of this...I usually go there once a week. I've always thought of attempting kabobs at home, but never got around to it. Today I decided to wing it! I knew that the key ingredient to keep the chicken moist is to marinate it in yogurt, so this is what I came up with. I will say the one adjustment I would make is in the spices - I would probably not use cinnamon the next go around, but to each their own! I served this with lime zest basmati rice (yep, out of a box - but I did add some fresh lime juice), homemade tzatziki sauce, and a side of tomato and cucumber salad. You can also get creative with the vegetables you add to the skewers. Kabobs: 1/3 cup plain yogurt juice of 1/2 lemon salt and pepper 1/2 tsp turmeric - approx. 1/2 tsp paprika - approx. 1/2 tsp cinnamon - approx. 1/2 tsp dry mustard - approx. 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (cut into 1 inch chunks ) 1 zucchini squash, sliced equally into bite sized pieces 1/2 onion (I used yellow), cut into bite sized pieces 1 orange bell pepper, cut into bite sized pieces bamboo skewers (soak for 20-30 min. beforehand so they will not burn, or use metal) Mix together the first 7 ingredients in a bowl. Toss them in a ziploc bag with the chicken. Make sure all pieces are covered with the marinade and refrigerate for a minimum of 4 hours. I've read you can do this up to 24 hours. Skewer up the chicken and vegetables, leaving room in between to cook. Grease grill pan with olive oil and grill each side of the skewer for approximately 5 minutes, depending on the thickness of your chicken. I finished mine off in the oven at 375 degrees for approximately 10 minutes. It kept the chicken moist. Tomato Cucumber Salad: 1-2 Roma tomatoes, diced 1 tsp balsamic vinegar dash of oregano dash of salt and pepper handful of chopped, seedless cucumber Mix together and serve on the side. This can be refrigerated prior to cooking. To serve, I laid down the rice (use your favorite), the skewer, and topped with tzatziki sauce and the tomato cucumber salad.