Friday, March 24, 2017

Can You Spring for Another Chicken Dish?

One chicken dish served two ways
Moroccan Grilled Chicken Kebabs
Cook's notes: A tasty grilled skewered chicken marinated in a Moroccan style spice blend. Serve the chicken over saffron rice with fresh pineapple pieces.  Recipe serves 2-4  and was adapted from closetcooking.com
Note the recipe did call for pita bread to be more authentic but I had to substitute flour tortillas which was all I had available. The substitution worked fine.  
Cooking tip: I grilled skewered meat on lightly greased foil piece rather than directly on grill.
Ingredients:
  • 1 lb. boneless chicken breast, cut into large chunks
  • 2 TB. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 TB. olive oil or Lemon Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp. each paprika, cumin and oregano
  • 1/8 tsp. each cinnamon, ginger, turmeric and cayenne pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • red onion chunks
  • tomato chunks
  • large slices of sliced zucchini
Directions:
  • Mix all ingredients except chicken in a bowl. Add chicken and coat evenly. Cover lightly and refrigerate to marinate at least 20 minutes or several hours.   
  • Skewer the chicken with zucchini pieces, tomato, red onion and zucchini
  • Grill over medium heat about 10 minutes a side. Turn once.
Grilled Chicken Souvlaki Gyro with Tzatziki Sauce
Cook's notes: Follow the same steps above to grill the marinated chicken with onion, tomato and zucchini. Place cooked skewered meat in pita bread and serve with Tzatziki Sauce. 
Cooking tips: Make sauce early in the day before serving for flavors to meld. Cucumbers are watery, After dicing them place on a paper towel and sprinkle with sea salt to draw out the moisture.  
Tzatziki Sauce Ingredients:
  • 1/3 cup diced cucumber
  • 1 container (5.3 oz.) Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp, olive oil or Lemon Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp. each dill weed and parsley flakes
  • a few grinds of sea salt
  • dash freshly ground pepper
Tzatziki Sauce Directions:
  • Whisk to blend smooth.
Pair both meals with Mango or Lemon Sorbet

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