Wednesday, March 23, 2011
A few months ago, I attended a friends house warming party where they had Chicken kebabs on the spit!! For me, I thought this was the greatest idea ever for a party dish, its easy, convenient and delicious!!! hehe all you had to do was chop the salads, buy the sauces and pita breads, and light the spit, and the rest should take care of itself!! I couldn't stop thinking about the kebabs when I got home and telling my family how great it was if we could set one up at home for a weekend family gathering : )
I did alot of research about the costs to buy versus renting a spit roast machine! And also asked my friend where she got the meats for the kebabs from. Turns out she pre-order over 10 kilos of meat and around 50 bags of pita bread and turkish bread from a wholesaler specialising in kebabs.
Though my family was large, I doubt we would be able to finish the same amount of meat and bread as my friends party LOL and the costs of the spit roast was just not worth it for a small family gathering!! Suddenly it came to me that I could find a recipe for the chicken kebab marinade online and then bbq the meat on our old traditional coal bbq to create the same smokey flavours on the meat...GENIUS!!! LOL hehe
After many days of research, I gathered a few of the highest rated recipes and decided to pick the most commonly used ingredients of all the recipes to make my own marinade!!
Here it is:
1 kg of skinless boneless chicken thighs, chopped into 2 cm long strips to allow for faster cooking and the marinade to coat more surface area of the chicken (be as rustic as possible, its better if they don't look all the same size)
1/2 cup olive oil
4 tbsp of lemon juice
2 tsp of oregano
1 tsp of thyme
5 garlic cloves minced
1 cup of plain greek yogurt
2-3 tbsp of paprika
1-2 tsp of sumac
salt and pepper to season
Combine all the ingredients above to make the marinade. Marinade the chicken for minimun of 4-6 hours.
Bbq the meats until cooked and slightly charring. Serve with pita bread or turkish bread, lettuce chopped, tomatoes sliced, red and brown onion finely sliced, garlic sauce, tzatziki, chilli sauce...and any other toppings you desire!!
1 and 1/2 cups of greek yogurt
4 cloves of garlic minced
3-4 tbsp of lemon juice
2 tbsp of olive oil
season with salt & pepper if needed
Blend or whisk ingredients together for a few minutes until smooth.
Same as above, but use 2 medium cucumbers, finely shredded and remove excess juice from the cucumber with absorbant paper towel. Mix well with the spoon until combine.
I didnt have time to make the above sauces, so I bought them premade from a kebab store hehe I would definitely make the sauces next time and see how that turns outs : )
I guess that means that the recipe is a success then!!! The pictures didn't turn out as good as I hope them to be, but thats ok, as long as the food tasted good.
It was a very fun evening and everyone helped with prepping and cooking... and cleaning afterwards!!
Hope you enjoy reading my blog so far and a special thanks to everyone who commented!
Fat Pom Pom