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Tandoori Chicken Kebabs

Tandoori chicken kebabs or skewers are so easy to make, especially with only two ingredients needed for the tandoori marinade.

Cooking doesn't get any more simple than this my friends!

Tandoori Chicken Kebabs

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Tandoori Chicken Skewers

The recipe for tandoori kebabs or skewers, whatever you prefer to call them, doesn't get much simpler than this!

This pretty much a cheats recipe since the marinade is ready-made but it certainly doesn't lack in flavour.

Well-spiced, tender and truly delicious. You can make smaller kebabs as a perfect starter to any Indian meal. We love a good fakeaway in this house! Far healthier and cheaper too.

How to Cook Tandoori Chicken Kebabs

You can cook either on a BBQ, pan-fry or under a hot grill, whichever suits you best. I used my Ninja Health Grill and Air Fryer - it really is the bee's knees of indoor health grills.

Ninja Foodi Health Grill and Air Fryer

Ingredients for Tandoori Kebab Skewers

  • Chicken fillets
  • Pataka's tandoori spice marinade
  • Greek natural yoghurt
  • Red and green bell peppers
  • Red onions
Patak's Tandoori Spice Marinade can be found in any good supermarket here in the UK for around £2.20 a jar or you'll find it over on Amazon - just be sure not to pay too much for it.

I've seen it over on Amazon (com) but it does seem expensive, so the best thing, I'd say, is to buy any good brand of Tandoori Marinade.

Patak's brand is of very thick consistency, which is a good thing because you need to mix it with a little yoghurt. Marinading chicken in Greek natural yoghurt makes the chicken really tender.

Tandoori Chicken Marinade

I always use FAGE Total Greek Yoghurt 5% fat. The zero % fat tends to split when used in cooking.

Yoghurt tenderise meat much more gently and effectively than regular marinades.

Acidic vinegar or citrus-based marinades will toughen proteins like chicken breast and turn them into a hard and rubbery and horrid consistency, yoghurt slowly tenderises and results in meat that can practically be pulled apart by hand.

What is a Tandoor?

A tandoor is also known as tannour is a cylindrical clay or metal oven used in cooking and baking.

A tandoor heats up to a really high temperature and would certainly produce better looking tandoori skewers than mine, but obviously, they are not an option for the home cook!

What is Tandoori Spice Mix?

The specific spices of the tandoori spice mix vary from one region to another but typically include garam masala, garlic, ginger, onion, cayenne pepper, and sometimes other spices. The spices are often ground together with a pestle and mortar.

Tandoori Chicken Kebab Recipe

You can use metal or wooden skewers but you must soak wooden skewers in water for at least 30 minutes if cooking on a BBQ or grill otherwise they will burn.

I find the metal skewers ones far easier to thread meat, poultry and vegetables than the wooden ones.

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Yield: 4 skewers
Author: Jan Bennett
Tandoori Chicken Kebabs

Tandoori Chicken Kebabs

Makes four 20cm (8 inch) skewers
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 10 Mininactive time: 1 HourTotal time: 1 H & 20 M

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons Greek yoghurt
  • 2 fat skinless chicken fillets - cut into big bite-sized pieces
  • 1/4 - 1/2 a jar of Patak's Tandoori spice marinade (or similar)
  • 2 red onions - cut into wedges
  • 1 red bell pepper - sliced into big bite-sized pieces
  • 1 green bell pepper - sliced into big bite-sized pieces

Instructions

  1. Cut the chicken into big bite-sized pieces and put it into a small bowl.
  2. Add the yoghurt and the tandoori spice marinade. Give it a good stir to coat the chicken well - fear not that it actually looks pink at this stage, all will be well in the end! 
  3. Leave to marinate for an hour. 
  4. Prepare the rest of the ingredients, cover with cling film and set them aside.
  5. Thread the chicken, peppers and onion onto the skewers.
  6. Grill for 8-10 minutes or BBQ (turning once halfway through).
  7. Be sure to check they are fully cooked before serving.

Notes:

You can use metal or wooden skewers but you must soak wooden skewers in water for at least 30 minutes if cooking on a BBQ or grill otherwise they will burn.

I find the metal skewers ones far easier to thread meat, poultry and vegetables than the wooden ones.  

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