These Greek chicken kebabs are unique in terms of the spices used and is loaded with incredibly delicious Mediterranean flavors.
After churning out all possible chicken kebabs using Indian spices, it’s time to try something new! But who knew that this new stuff would slay everyone else and go straight to the top of our list of favorites! This is really insane! These Greek chicken kebabs are so incredible that I am truly at loss of words to explain their deliciousness with the right amount of admiration it deserves!
There are couple of unique spices used in the marination and I strongly suggest you to get your hands on them to create this amazing Greek chicken kebabs at home with all the right flavors. For example the allspice which is so unique that it cannot be substituted with anything else. You can try the specialty section of your supermarket to get this stuff in case it is not easily available in your region.
My short visit to Greece couple of years back had opened the door to a new world of cuisine to me with endless things to explore. The Mediterranean cuisine offers an array of flavorful dishes which, if you even try them once, you will cherish them for a very long time. Now under the big umbrella of Mediterranean cuisine, Greek food has its own significant place. Starting from famous Greek salad, their varied offerings on veg, seafood and meat delicacies like souvlaki, moussaka, kebabs would give you an unforgettable experience.
My today’s recipe of Greek chicken kebabs is a wonderful example from such an extra-ordinary cuisine. It simply proves how flavorful Greek food is. Also trust me when I say this that it is not difficult at all to make and create the similar magical flavor at home. My Greek chicken kebabs came out exactly as I expected making me insanely happy and we truly freaked out on them!
Christmas is just round the corner and I am gearing up with Christmas baking. Have made my to-do lists for cakes and cookies which I would like to make this year. Amidst the spread of so much sweetness, I love to savor something spicy to cut down the overload of sweetness and what could be better than these beautiful kebabs!
These Greek chicken kebabs are spicy and let me warn you that this is definitely not for the faint hearted. The deep charred chicken has the smoky flavor from allspice & cinnamon and the spiciness is added by the paprika. All-in-all this is a winner and can give serious inferiority complex to our very own Tandoori chicken! You don’t need to take my words for granted; try it on your own and let me know if I am not right! Deal?
- Chicken thighs – 8, skin-on & bone-in
- Garlic – 6 to 8 cloves, minced
- Ground cinnamon – 1 tsp
- Ground allspice – 1 tsp
- Dried oregano – 1 tbsp
- Paprika/red chilli powder – 2 tsp
- Olive oil – 4 tbsp
- Fresh parsley – ¼ cup, chopped
- Zest and juice of 1 large lemon
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Wash and pat dry the chicken thighs. Ensuring minimum moisture in the chicken pieces will result in crispier and juicier kebabs.
- In a large bowl, combine all the other ingredients and give a good mix. Rub this marinade on both sides of the chicken thighs covering all nook and corners.
- Once all the chicken pieces are marinated, keep them in the same bowl and cover with a cling wrap. Chill in the refrigerator overnight.
- Once you are ready to grill, preheat your oven to 200 C / 400 F. Place the marinated chicken thighs on a roasting tin with skin side up.
- Roast the chicken for 30 minutes each side until cooked through. You can test the doneness of the chicken by checking if the internal temperature of the chicken registers at least 165 F in an instant read thermometer.
- I used the broil mode of my oven and placed the roasting tin at the top level i.e. nearest to the heat. This way you can mimic the outside barbecues inside your home by exposing the meat to direct flame. Keep checking the chicken after every 10 minutes to ensure it is cooking evenly and not burning.
- Once done, serve the warm kebabs with lemon wedges, juliennes of red onions and a yogurt dip.