I'd like to think that all the chicken coming off American grills this summer will be as tasty, juicy, and tender as these Turkish chicken kebabs. By using a flavorful, yogurt-based marinade, like the one seen herein, even inexperienced grillers can produce impressive results. I'm not sure how 'Turkish' this is--it's loosely based on a lamb marinade I've used for a long time.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
12 mins
additional:
2 hrs
total:
2 hrs 27 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 large portions
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Whisk yogurt, lemon juice, olive oil, ketchup, garlic, red pepper flakes, salt, cumin, black pepper, paprika, and cinnamon together in a bowl.

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  • Place chicken thigh halves into the yogurt marinade and coat them thoroughly on all sides. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate 2 to 8 hours.

  • Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate.

  • Using 2 skewers for each kebab, thread half of the chicken thighs onto each pair of skewers making a fairly thick "log" shape.

  • Place kebabs on grill. Do not try to turn them until they begin to unstick from the grill, 3 or 4 minutes. Turn kebabs and grill the other side 3 or 4 minutes; turn. Continue cooking and turning until chicken is no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, about 6 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

Nutrition Facts

539 calories; protein 51.8g 104% DV; carbohydrates 8.4g 3% DV; fat 32.5g 50% DV; cholesterol 186.3mg 62% DV; sodium 1721.6mg 69% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
01/09/2016
This was truly delicious and savory. I skipped the cinnamon, however, I think that changes the taste a bit. I also made it with chicken breast which one would think would be dry, but still turned out juicy. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/25/2020
I like garlic like the next guy but the amount this recipe asks for is way too excessive. I'd say go with two cloves and the result will be much more enjoyable and palatable. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/09/2016
This was truly delicious and savory. I skipped the cinnamon, however, I think that changes the taste a bit. I also made it with chicken breast which one would think would be dry, but still turned out juicy. Read More
(17)
Rating: 5 stars
10/22/2016
Outstanding recipe! I wouldn't change a thing. Great with a good tzatziki sauce. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/21/2017
Generally, Turkish recipes that involve yogurt as an ingredient utilize the yogurt as a dip or uncooked sauce. This recipe could be served with the marinade being a dip instead which would eliminate any charring of the surface of the chicken. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/02/2015
I made this exactly as the recipe is written and it is fabulous. It has become a weekly summer staple in our house. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/05/2016
This was so freaking good. Words can not do it justice. I didn't have any Aleppo pepper so I used a mix of ancho chile and cayenne. Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
09/04/2018
Delish! I only had nonfat Greek yogurt so used that and fortunately had Aleppo crushed pepper (found at World Market) which I think gave it a really great different flavor. I also used boneless chicken tenders. Next time I'll marinate some onions and tomatoes for the skewers too. Made with a cacik recipe found on-line mini naans (I was out of pita) turkish rice and a cucumber/tomato/feta salad. Great meal! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2016
My picky 8 and 10 yr olds LOVED THIS CHICKEN!! I only had Chobani Black Cherry Fruit on the Bottom Yogurt so I just scraped most of the top off and used 2 containers - it was delicious! I used bone-in thighs and left them whole on the grill. Grilled on low-medium about 25 minutes quarter-turn and flipping every 5 minutes or so. Then I made an extra 1/2 batch of marinade (sub mayo for yogurt) to use as a delicious dipping sauce!!!! FAV!!!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/14/2018
This recipe was so easy and tastes delicious. The chicken was so juicy and succulent. A simple and easy meal that was satisfying to all. I will certainly make this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2018
The guy's voice in the video makes me want to take hot coals from the grill and jam them into my ears. Other than that great recipe (chicken breasts worked just fine and everything else was just as listed). Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/25/2020
I like garlic like the next guy but the amount this recipe asks for is way too excessive. I'd say go with two cloves and the result will be much more enjoyable and palatable. Read More