Easy & Flavorful Mediterranean Chicken Kebab Recipe

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Crafting the perfect Mediterranean Chicken Kebab is an art; here’s how to elevate each bite with the perfect sides.

Sun-soaked beaches, fragrant spices, and the hum of a bustling bazaar are the images the word ‘Mediterranean’ evokes. But today, I’m taking you on a culinary journey to the heart of this region with our Mediterranean Chicken Kebab recipe. Growing up, the chicken kebab platter was the showstopper at our family gatherings. As I watched elders expertly marinate the meat, the aroma of Mediterranean spices for Chicken wafted through the air, creating memories I still cherish.

Now, as I curate my chicken kebab recipe, those same Mediterranean spices for Chicken take center stage, infusing every bite with a blend of tradition and nostalgia. Ready to embark on this flavorful ride?

Ingredients for Mediterranean Chicken Kebabs:

  • Boneless Chicken Breasts: Tender and juicy boneless chicken breasts serve as the star of this dish.
  • Yogurt: Creamy yogurt helps to tenderize the chicken and infuse it with flavor.
  • Lemon Juice: Freshly squeezed lemon juice adds a zesty and citrusy kick to the marinade.
  • OliveChickenigh-quality olive oil provides richness and helps the chicken cook to perfection.
  • Red Wine Vinegar: Red wine vinegar Chicken is tangy and has a slightly sweet note to balance the flavors.
  • Tomato Paste: Tomato paste enriches the marinade with a deep, umami undertone.
  • Paprika: Paprika imparts a vibrant chicken and a subtle smokiness to the chicken.
  • Aleppo Pepper: Aleppo pepper adds a gentle heat and fruity aroma.
  • Cumin: Ground cumin brings an earthy warmth to the marinade.
  • Cinnamon: A pinch of cinnamon offers a hint of warm, sweet spice.
  • Salt and Pepper: Season with salt and pepper to enhance all the flavors.

These flavorful ingredients create tender chicken Kebabs with savory, aromatic goodness.

The Perfect Marinade

The magic of flavorful Mediterranean Chicken Kebabs is in the marinade. It’s not just a flavor boost; it’s the essence of this chicken kebab recipe, transforming plain chicken into memorable.

  • Yogurt: Adds tanginess and is a natural meat softener. Its acid breaks down proteins, letting the chicken absorb the marinade and stay juicy after grilling.
  • Olive Oil: Essential in Mediterranean cuisine, olive oil ensures chicken doesn’t stick on the grill. It also deepens the kebabs’ flavor.
  • Vinegar (Red Wine Vinegar): Gives a touch of acidity, balancing the spices. Like yogurt, it tenderizes the chicken.
  • Together, they form a marinade that makes ordinary chicken extraordinary – a must-try Mediterranean Chicken Kebab Recipe for BBQ lovers.

Grilling to Perfection

Getting those perfect grilled Mediterranean chicken skewers Chickens more than a grill and ingredients. Here are some tips to enhance your chicken kebab platter:

  • Marination Time: Let the chicken marinate. Don’t rush. Ideally, three hours, but up to 12 hours is best for tenderness.
  • Choosing Skewers: Metal skewers are my choice – durable and heat-resistant. Thread 5-6 chicken pieces per skewer. Using wooden skewers? Soak them for 20 minutes to avoid burning.
  • Cutting the Chicken: I use boneless chicken breast cut uniformly for even cooking. Chicken thighs work, too. Just cut them evenly and marinate similarly.
  • The Grilling Process: Consider a chicken kebab rack to avoid burns. Or, put skewers directly on a cooled-down, oiled grill. Don’t flip skewers too soon. Let them cook evenly, achieving those lovely grill marks.

What to Serve with Chicken Kebabs

  • Rice: Serve your kebabs over aromatic vermicelli or Greek yellow rice for a comforting touch.
  • Flatbread: Taboon or pita Chicken can be a base for your kebabs, soaking up the flavorful juices and creating a kebab-infused sandwich delight.
  • Dips: Traditional Middle Eastern dips like Hummus and Toum enhance the kebab’s flavors, bringing creamy and garlic notes that meld with the grilled chicken.
  • Salad: Pair your kebabs with a crisp fattoush or Greek Salad, a  blend of tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, and feta to refresh the palate.
  • Grilled Veggies: Grilled corn on the cob, zucchini, or asparagus, seasoned and grilled, adds a summer flair to your dish.
  • Kebab Wrap: Transform your kebabs into wraps, blending grilled chicken with fresh veggies and sauce. Accompany with hummus or tzatziki for a fulfilling meal.
How to Make Easy & Flavorful Mediterranean Chicken Kebab Recipe

Preparation

1.
Begin by preparing your chicken. Cut the 4 boneless chicken breasts into cubes, trying to make them as evenly sized as possible.
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Begin the marinade. In a sizable bowl, blend the yogurt, lemon juice, olive oil, red wine vinegar, and tomato paste, stirring them until they merge seamlessly.
Introduce the spices to your mix: paprika, Aleppo pepper, cumin, and cinnamon. Season with salt and pepper as per your liking, and give it a good mix to ensure the spices are fully assimilated into the marinade.



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Once the marinade is ready, add the cubed chicken. Ensure all pieces are coated thoroughly with the marinade.
Allow the chicken to marinate for a minimum of 3 hours. For the best flavor, consider letting it marinate overnight.
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4.
After the chicken has marinated, thread about 5 pieces of chicken onto each skewer..
Preheat your grill to high heat.
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Place the skewered chicken on the hot grill. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes on each side or until the chicken is thoroughly cooked and has nicet grill marks.
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Once cooked, remove the chicken kebabs from the grill. Allow them to rest for a few minutes before serving.
Enjoy your homemade chicken kebabs!
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Ingredients:

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4 boneless chicken breasts
1 cup yogurt
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon Aleppo pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation

1
Begin by preparing your chicken. Cut the 4 boneless chicken breasts into cubes, trying to make them as evenly sized as possible.
2
Begin the marinade. In a sizable bowl, blend the yogurt, lemon juice, olive oil, red wine vinegar, and tomato paste, stirring them until they merge seamlessly. Introduce the spices to your mix: paprika, Aleppo pepper, cumin, and cinnamon. Season with salt and pepper as per your liking, and give it a good mix to ensure the spices are fully assimilated into the marinade.
3
Once the marinade is ready, add the cubed chicken. Ensure all pieces are coated thoroughly with the marinade. Allow the chicken to marinate for a minimum of 3 hours. For the best flavor, consider letting it marinate overnight.
4
After the chicken has marinated, thread about 5 pieces of chicken onto each skewer.. Preheat your grill to high heat.
5
Place the skewered chicken on the hot grill. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes on each side or until the chicken is thoroughly cooked and has nicet grill marks.
6
Once cooked, remove the chicken kebabs from the grill. Allow them to rest for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy your homemade chicken kebabs!

Recipe Tips & Suggestions

Storage and Reheating Instructions for Mediterranean Chicken Kebabs

Storing and reheating your Mediterranean BBQ chicken kebabs is easy and ensures you can enjoy your delicious meal even after the BBQ has ended. Storage:Allow the kebabs to cool completely before storing them. Storing warm food can cause condensation and make your chicken soggy.Once cooled, remove the chicken from the skewers and place it in airtight containers.Store the containers in the refrigerator. They should keep for about 3-4 days

Reheating:Reheating your kebabs is best done in the oven to maintain their texture and flavor. Preheat your oven to 350°F .Place the kebabs in a baking dish and cover it with foil to prevent the chicken from drying out.Heat the kebabs for about 10-15 minutes, or until they are heated through. Be careful not to overheat, as this can dry out the chicken.

Freezing If you have a large amount of leftover chicken kebabs, freezing is also an option.Allow the kebabs to cool completely before freezing.Once cooled, remove the chicken from the skewers and place in a freezer-safe container or Ziploc bag.Chicken kebabs can be frozen for up to 2-3 months. To reheat, thaw in the fridge overnight and then follow the reheating instructions above. Please note: Always ensure the chicken is heated thoroughly before consuming. Enjoy your chicken kebabs!

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