Thursday, 4 September 2014

Greek Herby Chicken Kebabs

These little chicken kebabs are so simple and super easy to make, but pack a real flavour hit. With a nod to Greek cuisine, they have a wonderful herby taste, and you can really play around with how you serve them, I left them very basic with just the marinated chicken threaded with red onion, but you could add loads of other vegetables to the skewers to bulk them out, or you could use lamb instead of chicken which would also be super yummy as a flavour combination.

This is a great one for the kids, as we all know kids love anything on a stick. If the kids are wary of the herbs, leave them off and just do the chicken with maybe the garlic and lemon (if you really grate the garlic well it blends in with the chicken and they won't even know it's there!). If they're not big on onion (and let's face it - how many kids are?) you can use whichever vegetables they will eat, or just make the kebabs pure chicken, and serve them their veges on the side.

I would recommend serving with some sort of tasty dipping sauce (a lot of people like a Tzatziki style yoghurt dip with their Greek feast, but if you are dairy free maybe a herb pesto or a creamy tahini number would do the trick). Serve with a big Greek salad (lettuce, onions, olives, feta if you eat it, maybe some fresh mint and basil and loads of tomatoes), and you have a simple weeknight meal on the table in no time. Free of gluten, grains, dairy, nuts, soy, and sugar.

I found the perfect place to sit and eat our Greek dinner... Dreams are free right?! Anyone want to join me?!

Greek Herby Chicken Kebabs

4-6 chicken thighs (depending on size), excess fat removed and meat cut into chunks
2 tsp dried (or fresh) mint
1 tsp dried (or fresh) oregano
3 cloves garlic, grated
1 tbsp oil
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
1 red onion, cut into chunks

Optional: Add any other vegetables you like to the kebab skewers. Some great options would be mushroom, zucchini, or eggplant

1. In a bowl, combine chicken, mint, oregano, garlic, and oil. Marinate for at least 30 minutes, overnight would be awesome. If you are pushed for time, you don't have to marinate (you can just sit the prepared skewers on a plate while you wait for the oven to heat - at least that gives them a few minutes).
2. Preheat oven to 200C. 
3. Just before threading onto the skewers, mix the lemon juice in with the chicken. 
4. Thread onto skewers, alternating with the onion (and any other vegetables you like). 
5. Bake for round 15 minutes until chicken is cooked through (the cooking time will depend on how big you have cut your chicken, so just keep an eye on it.