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Tandoori Chicken Kebabs

July 17, 2019

These Tandoori Chicken Kebabs are packed full of flavour but lightened-up with greek yogurt and a zesty spice blend. They’re super easy to make with the only challenge being the wait while they marinate! Perfect for a weeknight dinner or weekend BBQ recipe.

Over the years I have gotten to meet a lot of fellow bloggers. Whether through events or just virtual interaction, I have found a great crew of bloggers! I believe in community over competition and supporting each other’s endeavours, even when they may have similarities. There is space for alllll of us in the blogging world! 

While there is quite a bit of overlap between our projects and brands, there’s also a lot that sets us apart. Some focus on blogging, some focus more on YouTube. Some are food bloggers, some are sustainability blogs, some are healthy living blogs. Although we are different we are all supportive of each other. At the end of the day, we’re all trying to provide value for our readers and bring new perspectives to the table. And I love that.

So whether you eat meat or are vegetarian, can tolerate dairy or can’t, I’m glad you’re along for the ride and can be inspired by recipes like these tandoori chicken kebabs. If I’m encouraging you to grocery shop and get creative in the kitchen then I’ve achieved my goal with this little corner of the internet. 

These Tandoori Chicken Kebabs are packed full of flavour but lightened-up with greek yogurt and a zesty spice blend. They’re super easy to make with the only challenge being the wait while they marinate! Perfect for a weeknight dinner or weekend BBQ recipe.What is tandoori chicken?

Tandoori chicken is a traditional Indian dish that is now served around the world. By the looks of it, you may think it’s a super spicy chicken dish but the reality is, it’s chicken marinated in a combination of Greek yogurt and spices so the flavors are super well balanced and more flavorful than spicy. If you prefer spicier foods, you can definitely include more cayenne pepper or if you’d like it even milder, decrease the amount of cayenne.

Here’s What You Need

  • chicken breasts
  • yellow onion
  • plain Greek yogurt
  • garlic cloves
  • lemon
  • fresh ginger
  • spices – garam masala, ground coriander, paprika, turmeric, ground cumin, cayenne pepper, and sea salt.

These Tandoori Chicken Kebabs are packed full of flavour but lightened-up with greek yogurt and a zesty spice blend. They’re super easy to make with the only challenge being the wait while they marinate! Perfect for a weeknight dinner or weekend BBQ recipe.

What to Serve with Tandoori Chicken

This recipe is actually very versatile! You really can’t go wrong with sides but I love serving it with coconut rice, plain rice, or cauliflower rice and a vegetable – broccoli, cauliflower or green beans are my favorites with this dish!

Suggested sides:

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Tandoori Chicken Kebabs

These Tandoori Chicken Kebabs are packed full of flavour but lightened-up with greek yogurt and a zesty spice blend. They’re super easy to make with the only challenge being the wait while they marinate! Perfect for a weeknight dinner or weekend BBQ recipe.

  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 3 hours
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 5 kebabs 1x
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Ingredients

  • 2 large, organic boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces.
  • 1 large yellow onion, cut into chunks
  • 1 cup plain 0% Greek yogurt
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • juice, 1 lemon
  • 2 tsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 3/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 5 wood or metal skewers

Instructions

  1. If using wooden skewers soak in water for at least 20 minutes. Skip this step if using metal skewers.
  2. In a large bowl combine greek yogurt, garlic, lemon juice, ginger and all spices.
  3. Thread the chicken onto the skewers, alternating with chunks of onion. Each kebab will fit 5-6 pieces of chicken + onion. Do not overcrowd.
  4. Place kebabs in a large ziplock bag or large tray and coat well with marinade.
  5. Let marinate in fridge for at least 3 hours (longer is even better).
  6. When ready to cook, heat your grill to medium-high heat and spray with non-stick spray.*
  7. Place kebabs directly on grill and cook for 10-12 minutes (time will vary between BBQs), turning occasionally to cook all sides.
  8. Let sit for 5 minutes before serving.

Note: You can use a stove-top grill-pan in place of a BBQ

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  • Reply
    Tara
    July 17, 2015 at 7:53 am

    Ooh, these look tasty! I actually just found a little bit of garam masala that I mixed up for a recipe awhile ago that I’ve been meaning to use up.

    I tend to eat mostly vegetarian, but it’s not really something I try or don’t try to do. I just kinda eat!

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      July 17, 2015 at 9:23 am

      Yup I feel the same way! Awesome. I always keep garam masala on hand. You never know when you’ll need it 😉

  • Reply
    Les @ The Balanced Berry
    July 17, 2015 at 11:07 am

    I completely agree with your thoughts on connecting with other bloggers. Though I’ve only been at it a short time, I have loved connecting with so many like minded people, and being a part of such an awesome community! I tend to be really competitive with myself (ie perfectionist) but not with so much with others because we are all unique and have different strengths.

    All my rambles aside these kabobs look fantastic. I loveeee yogurt marinated chicken!

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      July 19, 2015 at 8:28 pm

      ugh I’m such a perfectionist too! It’s amazing how uncompetitive I can be with others but will totally beat myself up. Glad I’m not alone!

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    Pip {Cherries & Chisme}
    July 17, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    Oh yummm. I miss greek yoghurt so much, it’s pretty much impossible to find here.

    I’d say I’m competitive in sports (especially when I was younger) but more self-critical in everything else! And I 100% agree with differences, in health, life, whatever. I’m definitely a meat fan but I have been trying (!) to cut down lately purely for environmental reasons but it is h-a-r-d.

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      July 19, 2015 at 8:27 pm

      It would be hard for me too! I never really played sports so maybe I just haven’t explored that side of myself 😉 I’m super self-critical too though!

  • Reply
    Nikole
    July 17, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    I just love you! I was casually catching up on your new post when BAM I got another mention. I feel so lucky to have such inspirational people in my life. I love what you said about there being no competition and how everyone interoperates things in their own way. Thats one of the reasons why I love health and fitness so much.. there is no black or white, only grey. Everyone has their own recipe, workout routine, etc that works for them and that they believe in. The way I eat changes on a monthly basis depending on my mood, the weather and whats in my fridge haha I may not be huge meat eater but I sure will eat a plate of extra crispy bacon any day of the week!

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    Ann
    July 18, 2015 at 3:13 am

    Great post, Davida! It’s very important to stay open minded towards different opinions. I would never claim MY opinion the only true one when it comes to health, food, fitness etc. There’s no one size fits all approach as it says everywhere…I can’t believe people that are so stubborn and narrow minded. That just does not for our modem world in my opinion. Well, if someone is better than me in the exact same thing that I do, I try to do my best to become at least as good as that person. I think that’s one way how you grow after all. But I wouldn’t put the other person down or be negative about him/her. That’s dumb.
    The spice blend sounds super amazing btw 😉

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    Anja
    July 19, 2015 at 5:23 am

    Just made these yesterday for dinner for my friends and we all reeaaally loved it! I let them marinate for five hours and it was seriously delicious 🙂 thank you for all your yummy recipes, your blog is really one of my favorites 🙂

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      July 19, 2015 at 8:25 pm

      Aw thank you Anja! You are too sweet 🙂 So happy you enjoyed the recipe and hope to be a part of many more of your meals! Thanks so much.

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    Cameo Borges
    August 8, 2018 at 8:54 pm

    How can I adapt this to bake the chicken? We aren’t using our BBQ due to incredibly poor air quality (CA wildfires) and hot temperatures. But it sounds delicious!

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