When I was pregnant with Kenya I had two major cravings (in addition to the pint of ice cream I ate every night): 1) vegetable stir fry for breakfast (yes breakfast, go figure) and 2) chicken kabobs, which I would cajole my husband to go pick up for me several nights a week from a local Middle Eastern restaurant. I ate so many of those kabobs during those months it’s amazing I didn’t give birth to a Lebanese baby.
A few weeks ago my hubby and I went to a party where to my sheer delight I found nothing on the buffet table but Middle Eastern delights like hummus, tabouleh, rice pilaf and yes, my beloved chicken kabobs! Reunions are so wonderful. Again I overindulged on the kabobs, but since they’re pretty darn healthy I decided to live it up!
Marinated in an assortment of savory spices and rich Greek yogurt, this persian chicken kabobs recipe is simple enough to prepare in the morning and refrigerate so you can take it out to grill or broil a mere minutes before dinner time. Serve them up with pita, some sliced tomatoes, and cucumbers and you’ve got one insanely delicious meal whether you’re pregnant or just super hungry!
Persian Chicken Kabobs
- 1/2 teaspoon saffron
- 1 cup plain greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon ground paprika
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 pound boneless and skinless chicken breasts, thighs or a combination
- 1 small red onion, stemmed, quartered and layers pulled apart
- 1 tomato, chopped
- 1 persian cucumber, chopped
- Place the saffron in a small bowl and cover with 1 tablespoon of hot water. Allow to soak for 5 minutes then strain and reserve the liquid.
- In a bowl, stir together the saffron liquid, yogurt, lemon juice, garlic, paprika and salt.
- Cut the chicken into 1-inch cubes and place in the bowl with the sauce. Stir to coat well. Marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour up to overnight.
- Preheat the oven to broil or turn on the grill.
- Alternate threading the chicken and onion slices onto skewers. Grill or broil for 5 minutes. Flip over and cook for 5 more minutes.
- In a small bowl, combine the tomatoes and cucumbers and serve alongside the chicken kabobs. You can also sprinkle the veggie salad with a bit of lemon juice and salt for added flavor.