Grilled Tandoori Chicken Skewers

by Kirsten on June 9, 2012 · 7 comments

in Chicken, Main Dishes, Starters, Starters & Sides, Uncategorized

Time is flying these days and the weather is demanding  summer grilling.

Indian style chicken skewers are perfect for the task. They are easy to prepare ahead and grilled in just a few minutes. No need for a tandoori oven, your barbeque is just fine.

Marinate the chicken in yogurt that is flavored with ginger, garlic, cumin and coriander. Then thread the chicken on wooden skewers and you are almost ready to serve these grilled tandoori chicken skewers as an appetizer to your guests or as a quick dinner for your family alongside some spicy peanut sauce.

A family favorite at my house. Happy Grilling!

Grilled Tandoori Chicken Skewers
5.0 from 3 reviews
Recipe type: Main Dish or Appetizer
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Serves: Makes about 25 bigger skweres (picture) or 50 appetizer sized skewers
  • 4 organic chicken breasts, cut into smaller strips
  • 3 Tablespoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1½ Tablespoon water
  • 1½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • 2 large garlic gloves, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
  • 1¼ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne
  • vegetable oil for the grill
  • skewers, soaked in water
  1. Preheat your grill to high.
  2. Mix lemon juice, water, salt and turmeric. Add the chicken strips and coat. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  3. In a separate bowl mix yogurt, garlic, ginger, coriander, cumin and cayenne. Add to the lemon chicken mix and stir well. Let sit for another 10 minutes.
  4. Thread the chicken onto the skewers and oil the grill.
  5. Cook the chicken skewers from both sides for about 8 minutes or until chicken is done. Don't overcook!
I served my grilled chicken skewers alongside some spicy peanut sauce and veggie couscous salad.


Adapted from Food & Wine.

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Kirsten June 17, 2012 at 8:49 am

Oh wie lecker! Da sind alle meine Lieblingsgewürze enthalten. Leider dürfen wir auf unserem Balkon nicht “richtig” grillen. Vor allem mein Freund leidet darunter, er kommt nämlich aus Thüringen und da ist Grillen ja quasi Religion ;o) Aber vielleicht kann ich mit diesem Rezept unseren kleinen Elektro-Tischgrill einweihen 🙂

Liebe Grüße,

Randa June 14, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Found this via pinterest and made it tonight… SO YUMMY!!! I used chicken thighs (since can find organic for a better price than breasts), and ended up marinating them for an hour by the time my husband got home and we fired up the grill. They were so tender, juicy, and flavorful. Winner winner chicken dinner… will definitely make again!!

Leslie June 12, 2012 at 10:42 pm

Welcome back! You were missed. This recipe looks yummy — can’t wait to try it. Have a lovely summer in the Rockies.

Lea Ann June 10, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Love this recipe Kirsten! I’ll be making it this week. So glad to see you’re back blogging, I was about to send out search and rescue! 🙂 Where did you get those skewers? I never can find any nice ones.

Meg June 10, 2012 at 1:37 pm

This looks fabulous. So jealous of the fact that you can grill (although I think I can swing this on a grill pan). Huge fan of Indian spices right now, and the combo with the peanut sauce makes it more tantalizing. Thanks!

cookingrookie June 10, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Wow, this chicken looks great! I love the marinade – got to try this 🙂

Susan June 10, 2012 at 7:12 am

I’m just happy to “see” you again. I think I could do this with firm tofu…at least the seasoning, which sounds wonderful. We still haven’t had much sunshine, but I’m hoping it will be here soon. XOXO

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