Spiced Chicken Skewers

The mild acids in yogurt make it a great base for a tenderizing marinade.


8 servings (serving size: 1 kebab and about 2 tablespoons raita)

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Nutritional Information

Calories 189
Caloriesfromfat 29 %
Fat 6 g
Satfat 2 g
Monofat 1.7 g
Polyfat 1.3 g
Protein 24.9 g
Carbohydrate 8.5 g
Fiber 1.7 g
Cholesterol 99 mg
Iron 1.7 mg
Sodium 344 mg
Calcium 81 mg


3/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt
1 tablespoon grated peeled fresh ginger
2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/4 teaspoon saffron threads, crushed
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch chunks
1 medium red onion, cut into 1-inch chunks (about 8 ounces)
1 large red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch chunks (about 8 ounces)
1 medium zucchini, cut into 1-inch chunks (about 8 ounces)
Cooking spray
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt
1/3 cup diced seeded tomato
1/4 cup cucumber, peeled, seeded, grated, and squeezed dry
1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1 tablespoon minced seeded jalapeño pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt


To prepare kebabs, combine the first 12 ingredients in a large zip-top plastic bag; seal and marinate in refrigerator overnight, turning bag occasionally.

Prepare grill.

Remove chicken from bag; discard marinade. Thread chicken, onion, bell pepper, and zucchini alternately on each of 8 (12-inch) wooden skewers. Coat kebabs with cooking spray, and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and black pepper. Place kebabs on grill rack coated with cooking spray. Grill 25 minutes or until chicken is done, turning occasionally. Remove from grill; keep warm.

To prepare raita, combine 1/2 cup yogurt and remaining ingredients in a small bowl. Serve with kebabs.