My biggest weakness during my pregnancy were kebabs. It didn’t matter how spicy, what meat, or what kind, I couldn’t get a enough of kebabs. I would ask my dad who worked near a great kebab place, to bring home a few with naan pretty regularly during my second pregnancy to satisfy my cravings. I also remember growing up, the best nights would be ones where we would sit and watch an Amitabh Bachchan movie over naan and kebabs.
There are so many kebabs that we love in our family: the shish kebab, kathi kebab, lamb kebab…the list goes on.
As we all know, the kebab while often cooked on a skewer, many types are not cooked this way. Kebab plates can be made up of cut up or ground meat or seafood, even with with vegetables; cooked on a skewer over a fire, or on a bbq grill; baked on tray or pan in an oven or on a countertop grill.
The word ‘kebab’ literally means ‘to roast’. So when I got the assignment from Lay’s to take a surprise box of ingredients and choose a recipe to make one of their hot flavours, of course I chose the chicken kebab recipe. Now if you know me, the thought of getting out the cutting board, pots, bowls, and putting on an apron are not appealing.
Pick up a chip with the flavours of chicken kebabs or make some? Hmm. When’s my dad’s next kebab run again? Pass the bag-0-chips please…
Off I went to pull together the ingredients from the box and the recipe you’ll see below to make these chicken kebabs.
A few spices, yogourt make up the marinade you infuse your chicken with over 30 minutes then add to skewers with veggies and chicken and slip into the oven on broil.
Here’s the recipe:
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/8 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp curry powder
1/8 tsp ground cardamom
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp white vinegar
1/2 small onion, cut in half & broken into layers
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
3 tbsp yogourt
4 small tomatoes, halved
8 bamboo skewers
1 lemon cut in wedges
bunch of parsley
- Cut chicken breasts into 1 inch cubes
- combine yogurt, salt, turmeric, mustard, curry powder, cardamom, lemon juice and vinegar in non-reactive bowl
- add chicken cubes and let sit in fridge for at least 30mins.
- soak skewers in water
- Thread chicken, onions, and tomatoes, peppers onto skewers
- grill or broil 8-10mins, turning halfway through to ensure even cooking
- garnish with parsley and serve with lemon wedges for squeezing on top
You can choose your protein usually and make any kind of kebab as they’re usually an easy family meal. Variations of kebab recipes can be found in various parts of the world, including Turkey, Iran, Persia, Egypt and others. There’s a much easier way to explore some of the cultural flavours and Lay’s Do Us a Flavour is asking you to vote for your global favourite.
There are 12 World Favourites to choose from divided into three categories, and the top vote contender in each category will be chosen the winners. The goal is to get these flavours into our grocery stores.
The categories? Iconic Ingredients, Home Cooked Classics and Street Food. Here’s a rundown of all the flavours and you can find all of them on the Lay’s DoUsAFlavour site:
- Magic Masala (inspired by India)
- Pico de Gallo (inspired by Mexico)
- Paprika (inspired by Hungary)
- Thai Sweet Chili (inspired by Thailand)
Home Cooked Classics
- Spicy Hot Pot (inspired by China)
- Picanha Steak (inspired by Brazil)
- Cheese and Onion (inspired by the UK)
- Chicken and Waffles (inspired by America)
- Ribs on the Bar-B (inspired by Australia)
- Fries with Joppiesaus (inspired by Holland)
- Bacon Poutine (inspired by Canada)
- Chicken Kebab (inspired by Egypt)
You can vote up to 3x each day for the flavours you want to win so that they’re the ones that make it into stores (and into your belly!). Choose your flavour today as voting is open only until March 20, 2016. Perks of voting? There are a total of 245 Lay’s daily prizes to be won!
Our vote goes to the Chicken Kebab (who doesn’t love a good kebab and naan right?) Here’s where you can vote: DoUsAFlavour.ca
This post was sponsored by Lays Canada.
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