Easy Moroccan Chicken Skewers

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Our trip to Morocco and these Moroccan Chicken Skewers have been on my mind recently and I’m ready to re-live that insanely incredible vacation through some of the flavor memories I brought home like this Moroccan Tomato Salad and this Herbed Couscous

A white tray on a concrete table with 5 moroccan chicken skewers garnished with mint, pita bread, tomato wedges, and small bowl of whipped greek yogurt

Why I Love This Recipe

We all know it’s back to school season and our time is precious. I’m currently inundated with emails asking for quick and easy weeknight meals – so my mind is running a million miles a minute in that direction!  A few things I think of when thinking of easy weeknight meals:

1- is there a way to do some prep in the morning that makes dinner even easier?

2- what’s the fastest and most delicious way to cook something?

3- is this a recipe that kids can get behind?

4- are the ingredients in the recipe easy to use for another meal later that same week to save on groceries?

These Moroccan Chicken Skewers fit all of the above criteria and are marinated in a Greek Yogurt mixture filled to the brim with turmeric, crushed red peppers, tomato paste, tons of garlic and lemon among other things, so the grilled chicken is incredibly moist and retains that great color from the turmeric plus tons of flavor.

Ingredients & Substitutions

  • Crushed Red Pepper
  • Ground Turmeric
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • Red Wine Vinegar
  • Tomato Paste
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Garlic
  • Lemons
  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs and/or Breasts
  • Warm Pita Bread
  • Extra Greek Yogurt 
  • Chopped Tomatoes
  • Fresh Mint
A white tray on a concrete table with 5 moroccan chicken skewers garnished with mint, pita bread, tomato wedges, and small bowl of whipped greek yogurt

How to Make Moroccan Chicken Skewers

Combine the crushed red pepper and ground turmeric in large bowl and stir in 2 tablespoons of hot water and let stand for 5 minutes. Add the greek yogurt, olive oil, red wine vinegar, tomato paste, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon black pepper to spice mixture in bowl; whisk to combine. Stir in garlic and lemon juice, then chicken. Cover and chill for AT LEAST 1 hour. I do for 4 minimum and yes you could do overnight if you prefer

Prepare the grill over medium-high heat. Thread chicken pieces on skewers, dividing equally. 

Discard marinade in bowl. Sprinkle each skewer with salt and pepper.

Grill chicken until golden brown and cooked through, turning skewers occasionally, 10 to 12 minutes total. Transfer skewers to platter. Serve with serving suggestions and extra lemon wedges

Tips & Tricks

If you’ve never used turmeric before - these Moroccan Chicken Skewers are a great way to incorporate it into your repertoire. Here’s the run down for those of you not familiar with it – it’s from the ginger family, it’s bright yellow/orange, and has a subtle flavor that lends itself to condiments, curries, marinades, dressings, and it’s especially fantastic on CHICKEN!! It really shines in greek yogurt so that’s where you’ll see it most often for me here on WGC.

FAQs

What goes well on chicken skewers?

If you put a few cups of greek yogurt in some cheesecloth and let the moisture drain off, you’re left with a thick greek yogurt that is excellent for dipping these skewers in! 

Is chicken thigh or chicken breast better for skewers?

While either work well, I normally use chicken thighs when making skewers. Chicken thighs are higher in fat, so the meat will be more tender and juicy after grilling.

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Moroccan Chicken Skewers from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Moroccan Chicken Skewers

Author: Gaby Dalkin
5 from 18 votes
A fantastic weeknight meal! These Moroccan Chicken Skewers are incredibly moist and super flavorful.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Marinating Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Moroccan
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

For the chicken:

  • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 garlic cloves roughly chopped
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 lemon cut into wedges/sliced for serving
  • 2 ¼ pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs and/or breasts cut into 1 ¼-inch cubes

Serve with:

  • Warm pita bread
  • Extra greek yogurt 
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Fresh mint leaves

Instructions
 

  • Combine the crushed red pepper and ground turmeric in large bowl and stir in 2 tablespoons of hot water and let stand for 5 minutes. Add the greek yogurt, olive oil, red wine vinegar, tomato paste, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon black pepper to spice mixture in bowl; whisk to combine. Stir in garlic and lemon juice, then chicken. Cover and chill for AT LEAST 1 hour. I do for 4 minimum and yes you could do overnight if you prefer
  • Prepare the grill over medium-high heat. Thread chicken pieces on skewers, dividing equally. 
  • Discard marinade in bowl. Sprinkle each skewer with salt and pepper.
  • Grill chicken until golden brown and cooked through, turning skewers occasionally, 10 to 12 minutes total. Transfer skewers to platter. Serve with serving suggestions and extra lemon wedges

Notes

Hot tip - if you put a few cups of greek yogurt in some cheesecloth and let the moisture drain off, you’re left with a thick greek yogurt that is excellent for dipping these skewers in! 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 462kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 56g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 0.05g | Cholesterol: 245mg | Sodium: 1459mg | Potassium: 883mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 436IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 111mg | Iron: 3mg
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53 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Forgot to mention in my comment that in addition to substituting salmon for chicken, I put the salmon on skewers with red pepper, onion, and mushrooms and put the marinade on the veggies. I served the skewers over short grain brown rice instead of bread.

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