Easy Turkish Chicken Shish
Due to popular demand I'm adding this healthy, low fat delicious fakeaway recipe to my blog. Complete with a homemade spice mix, this super-easy, quick Turkish Chicken Shish recipe is suitable for the whole family. Great for a lazy dinner, this family meal can be prepped in no time at all. Simply marinate cubes of chicken in yogurt and a few spices, let them work their magic, and grill for a few minutes until tender and juicy - in the kitchen, or on the BBQ.
The chicken shish cubes, bell peppers, potato wedges and salad are all perfect for baby-led weaning. So a family meal and baby-led weaning meal recipe rolled into one!
Makes 6 large kebabs or 7 smaller / Serves a family of 4
Total preparation time - 10 mins/ 1 hour for marinating
Cooking time - 20-25 mins
- 2 chicken breasts - cut into large cubes, fat-trimmed
- 2 bell peppers - red and yellow - washed, chopped into large pieces
- 1 red onion - peeled, halved, cut into quarters
Spice Mix Marinade:
- 1 tsp ground turmeric
- 1 tbsp ground coriander
- 1 tbsp ground cumin
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
- Salt to taste
- 1 whole lemon - juiced, no seeds
- 2 tbsp Greek yogurt (normal, reduced-fat or fat-free)
Equipment: Wooden kebab skewers - soaked in water for 30 mins
Place all the marinade items into a bowl and stir well to make a creamy paste. Then pop the chicken cubes into the marinade and stir - I prefer to use my hands to mix it all together, the chicken gets better coverage. Make sure all the chicken pieces are well covered and set aside to marinate for at least 1 hour, or as long as possible.
10 mins before you are ready to begin cooking, pre-heat the grill to medium heat, and begin assembling the shish kebabs. Take a pre-soaked wooden skewer, thread a piece of chicken, followed by a pepper, another piece of chicken, and a few slices of the onion. Keep going until the chicken, peppers and onion have been used up.
Place all kebabs on a grilling rack and brush with a little oil, or spray with low-calorie cooking spray and pop under the grill. Grill (or BBQ) for 20-25 mins until tender and juicy. You'll need to keep an eye on them, turning them over regularly. Once the chicken is well-cooked, plate up and serve alongside a fresh side salad, and either soft fluffy rice - read my post Cooking basmati rice for babies, toddlers and the family for perfect soft rice every time, or potato wedges.
Finger Food - The Baby-led Weaning Part (12+ Months)
There are a few things you can do here to make this Turkish Chicken Shish kebab suitable for your baby. When combining the marinade ingredients, spoon out a little before you add salt and chilli powder and marinate a couple of chicken pieces separately.
When cooked, serve the chicken shish cubes as a finger food with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt or for more flavour, my delicious Pear, Mint and Coriander Chutney.
You can find more delicious weaning and family recipes in my cookbooks below.