Monday, June 30, 2014

Grilled Chicken-Vegetables In Skewers


Today, I am sharing a healthy appetizer, Grilled chicken and vegetables in skewers...Mostly, I used to make grills in my convection-grill oven,but it takes time to grill in my oven..So,I purchased a large electric grill machine in one of the stores in Dubai...Its a nice one and I love my grill machine..I am so excited..I started to make grill after few days of purchase...To my surprise, it grills fast and taste amazing too....Chicken breast is cut into large chunks which is marinated with sauce ( which is definitely my own) and lined with vegetables in between..It tastes so delicious...
We had it for dinner with kubboos ( Arabic pita bread),salads and left over Tahini sauce, that we have it with falafel for snack at same day :)...We had leftover chicken-vegetable grills,salads and kubboos next day for breakfast...I tore the top part of kubboos like pocket, added fillings of grilled chicken and vegetables,salads and drizzled with tahini sauce ( Hope it can be called Shawarma, as it tastes exactly as I bought in Lebanese restaurant before)..It tastes very delicious...If you don't have grill machine or grill pan, don't worry,just shallow fry in a large pan, with little olive oil/vegetable oil for few minutes till both sides are cooked and browned..Try this delicious grill and impress your household..Lets move to the recipe :) :)





                      Chicken-Veg skewers in grillling


     Ingredients

        For Marinating Chicken:
  • Boneless Chicken - 500 gm, cut into thick square chunks.
  • Ginger-garlic paste - 1 1/2 tsp
  • Paprika powder - 1 tsp
  • Black Pepper powder - 2 tsp
  • White pepper powder - 1 tsp
  • Vinegar/Lemon juice - 1 tsp
  • Thick Yogurt - 1 heaped tbsp
  • Oregano powder - 1 tsp
  • Thyme (zaatar) - 1 tsp + for sprinkling 
  • Salt - to taste
  • Olive oil - for drizzling + greasing grill machine/pan
      For Marinating Vegetables:
  • Mixed Capsicum ( Green, Orange and Red) - 1 cup, cut into thick square chunks.
  • Large Onion - 1 no., cut into thick square chunks.
  • Black pepper pdr - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Olive oil - 1/2 tsp
       Things needed:
  • Grill machine/pan
  • Wooden/Steel skewers - 5 to 6 no.s

     Method
  • If using wooden skewers, soak these in water for 10 to 15 mins..This is done to prevent burning of skewers at edges while grilling..Take the skewers from water and set aside to dry..
  • Wash the cubed chicken breast thoroughly and drain in colander..Marinate the chicken with above ingredients mentioned in 'For marinating chicken'..Refrigerate for 5 to 6 hrs..If you are in a hurry, freeze for 1 hr and refrigerate for 15 mins...
  • After that, marinate cubed vegetables as mentioned in 'For marinating vegetables' and keep aside for 10 mins...
  • Meanwhile, grease the grill machine with little olive oil and set your grill pan to 'warm mode' or heat the grill pan/machine blindly for 5 to 7 mins...
  • Take one skewer,  take 2 to 3 marinated chicken cubes and prick the marinated chicken cubes, one by one at the pointed edge of skewers and push gently...Don't push the chicken cubes in skewer all together, as the skewer may break...
  • Then alter it with 2 to 3 slices of vegetables one by one followed by chicken cubes as shown in picture above...
  • Place these in heated grill pan/machine..Drizzle olive oil on top and sides of chicken-veg skewers..
  • Grill one side for 13 to 15 mins and then turn other side and grill for about 12 to 13 mins till both sides are cooked and charred...
  • Immediately sprinkle thyme on grilled chicken-vegetable when warm (optional)..
  • Serve warm with kubboos ( Pita bread),salads and sauces of your choice...

     Note
  • Its very important to cut the chicken and vegetables into thick large cubes,while pricking in skewers...if you cut these in small pieces, they may break....
  • Its not necessary to marinate vegetables, I did it as I like my vegetables to get flavour...
  • Vegetarians can replace chicken with paneer ( cottage cheese) ...
  • Adding vegetables is completely your choice...You can have grilled chicken without veggies too...
  • Leftover grilled chicken and vegetables can be made into sandwich either in bread or kubboos next day for breakfast or snack....
  • You can grill in oven too, if you have 'grill' function mode in your oven...
  • You can shallow fry in little olive/vegetable oil, if you don't have grill pan/ machine or oven...