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Turkish Chicken Kebabs

Chef John

"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."
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2 h 27 m servings 539 cals
Original recipe yields 4 servings (4 large portions)

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  1. Whisk yogurt, lemon juice, olive oil, ketchup, garlic, red pepper flakes, salt, cumin, black pepper, paprika, and cinnamon together in a bowl.
  2. 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.
  3. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate.
  4. Using 2 skewers for each kebab, thread half of the chicken thighs onto each pair of skewers making a fairly thick "log" shape.
  5. 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

Per Serving: 539 calories; 32.5 g fat; 8.4 g carbohydrates; 51.8 g protein; 186 mg cholesterol; 1722 mg sodium. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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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 turne...

I made this exactly as the recipe is written and it is fabulous. It has become a weekly summer staple in our house.

Outstanding recipe! I wouldn't change a thing. Great with a good tzatziki sauce.

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.

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 us...

Made this last night.... Wow!!! Amazing flavor! I'm definitely not the grillmaster in our house - I leave the grilling to the hubs - and had problems getting the meat cooked evenly on the skewer...

Gorgeous - didn't change a thing. Marinated it for about 2hrs and then cooked most of it on the BBQ and although not recommendded by Chef John I left the remainder in the fridge and grilled/broi...

These were so delicious! My one year old mostly non-meat eater even ate them. Due to a picky hubs and teen son, I had to use chicken breast. Although I was concerned about dry meat, they turne...

Pretty good