Chicken Skewers with Smoky Yogurt Sauce

April 2, 2014

The birds are chirping and the grass is growing.  Prime grilling season is upon us, folks.  Let’s get to it!

Pieces of juicy chicken marinated in a tangy, smoky sauce… Grilled to perfection and finished with more sauce and a sprinkle of fresh cilantro.

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Now that you’re (hopefully) drooling…

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The sauce is simple.  It’s a strange combination of flavors that end up working pretty well together.  You’ll need plain Greek yogurt, oranges, olive oil, garlic, smoked paprika, and ground coriander.  Zest, measure, squeeze, and mix!

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Zest those oranges into the yogurt.  Fragrant!

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Please use a bigger bowl than I did… I ended up sloshing things everywhere after the orange juice was added.  Also, invest in a garlic press.  It will make your life so much easier in the kitchen.

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Add 3 cubed chicken breasts to half of the sauce mixture in a resealable plastic bag.  Marinate for 15-30 minutes.

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BEFORE adding the chicken to the sauce, make sure you reserve some for serving with the finished chicken.  Thank you to the smoked paprika and orange zest for that beautiful color.

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Preheat grill (or grill pan) to medium high heat.  We’re using a gas grill now, but I long for the charcoal days again.

I grew up watching my Dad poke and prod the coals in his beloved Weber charcoal grill.  He has it down to a science and has taught me most of his secrets over the years.  Yes, gas is convenient, but nothing beats the flavor off of a charcoal grill.

Cook the chicken skewers for about 4-5 minutes on one side, flip, and continue cooking until chicken is cooked all the way through.

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Remove chicken from grill and place on a platter.  Drizzle more sauce over skewers and garnish with chopped, fresh cilantro.  I served my chicken with Grilled Lemony Zucchini and Cilantro Lime Basmati Rice.  Recipes for those coming soon!


Chicken Skewers with Smoky Yogurt Sauce

To print this recipe, click here for the PDF version
Slightly adapted from Michael Symon’s 5 in 5: 5 Fresh Ingredients + 5 minutes = 120 Fantastic Dinners
Yield: 4 skewers, 3-4 servings




1 (6 oz.) container Greek yogurt, plain

3 tbs. extra virgin olive oil

Grated zest and juice of 2 oranges

2 garlic cloves, pressed or finely minced

1 tbs. smoked paprika

1 tbs. coriander, ground

3 chicken breasts, 1-inch cubed

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

½ c. roughly chopped cilantro



In a medium bowl, whisk together the yogurt, olive oil, orange zest and juice, garlic, paprika, coriander, salt and pepper.  Set aside half of this dressing in a separate bowl to serve with the finished chicken. In a resalable plastic bag, toss chicken in reserved dressing until evenly coated.  Place in refrigerator and let marinate for 15-30 minutes.

Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium-high heat.

Thread chicken pieces evenly among 4 metal skewers.  If using wooden skewers, be sure to let them soak in salt water for at least 30 minutes to prevent burning.  Put the chicken skewers on the grill and cook for 4 minutes.  Flip the chicken and cook until meat is well caramelized, about 3 minutes.

Remove the chicken from the grill, put on a platter, and garnish with reserved sauce and cilantro.



One Response to “Chicken Skewers with Smoky Yogurt Sauce”

  1. Deb Says:

    Great post, pictures & well explained..Will have to try this in the near future..I love grilling with skewers!

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