Tandoori Spiced Chicken Kebabs

eat.art’s Indian Tandoori spice is so fragrant and perfect for grilled chicken or lamb kebabs. I opted for chicken this time. The trick is to marinate strips of chicken breast fillets in tandoori spice, lemon juice and zest, crushed garlic and a little olive oil. By doing this, the flavour permeates the chicken and the lemon juice acts as a tenderizer. 15 minutes of marinating is more than enough time.

I served these kebabs with raita (yoghurt combined with grated cucumber, garlic, mint and coriander), garlic butter grilled naan bread and a basic tarka dhal (get the recipe on Jamie Oliver’s website). It was incredibly delicious and moreish, the perfect summery Indian meal. I cannot wait to use this tandoori spice again for lamb kebabs!

Tandoori Spiced Chicken Kebabs

Ingredients
4 large chicken breast fillets, sliced into thin strips
30 ml (2 Tbsp) eat.art Indian Tandoori spice
1 large garlic clove, crushed
zest and juice of ½ a lemon
a drizzle of olive oil
freshly ground salt and pepper

5-6 wooden skewers, soaked in water for 10 minutes to prevent burning

To serve
2- 4 naan breads, heated in the oven or grilled*
raita (or cheat and use ready made tzatziki)
fresh coriander, chopped
dhal – optional

Method
Combine the chicken strips, tandoori spice, garlic, lemon juice, zest and a little olive oil. Season.
Allow to marinate for 15 minutes.
Skewer 3- 4 strips of chicken onto each kebab stick.
Heat a griddle pan until smoking hot. Grill the kebabs for 4 – 5 minutes per side until charred and cooked through. Tip: If meat is sticking to the griddle pan, it means it is not ready to turn yet.
Serve hot with warm naan bread, raita and optional dhal. Garnish with coriander and serve with optional extra lemon.

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*To take your naan bread to the next level, spread one side with softened butter and crushed garlic, grill both sides on a griddle pan until charred, buttery and delicious!

By Carey Erasmus

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Carey is a freelance development chef and food stylist with a ND: Food Science and Nutrition. With over 12 years of experience in the food industry she has established an impressive portfolio and creates recipe or foodie content for various clients. She also has a popular food blog called Bits of Carey where she shares fuss free recipes and collaborates with like-minded brands and campaigns.  www.bitsofcarey.co.za

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