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Tunisian Chicken Kebabs with Currants and Olives

Dave Lauridsen
Active time 1 hr, 30 mins
Total time 5 hrs
Yield 20
Susan Feniger's sweet-and-tangy marinated chicken skewers are adapted from her new book, Street Food. They are flavorful enough to eat on their own, but they're even better with the chunky currant-and-olive relish.

Ingredients

  • 2 (medium) red bell peppers
  • 1 cup dried currants
  • 1 jar (14-ounce) sweet Peppadew or other sweet pickled red peppers, 1/2 cup of the juices from the jar reserved
  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for grilling
  • Kosher salt
  • 3 pounds skinless boneless chicken thighs, trimmed and cut lengthwise into 1-inch-wide strips
  • 3 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts, lightly pounded and cut into 1-inch-wide, lengthwise strips
  • Tunisian Relish

How to Make It

  1. Roast the bell peppers directly over a gas flame or under the broiler, turning, until charred all over. Transfer to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let cool. Peel, seed and core the peppers.

  2. Meanwhile, soak the currants in 1/2 cup of hot water until plump, about 5 minutes. Drain and transfer the currants to a blender. Add the roasted peppers, Peppadews and their liquid and the 1 cup of olive oil and puree. Season the marinade lightly with salt.

  3. Thread the chicken breast and thigh strips separately onto 30 to 40 bamboo skewers and transfer to a large rimmed baking sheet. Pour half of the marinade over the chicken, turning to coat completely. Refrigerate for 4 hours. Refrigerate the remaining half of the marinade in a serving bowl.

  4. Light a grill. Remove the chicken from the marinade, letting the excess drip off. Season the chicken with salt. Oil the grill grates and grill the chicken skewers over high heat, in batches if necessary and turning with tongs, until lightly charred and cooked through, about 8 minutes for the breasts and 10 minutes for the thighs. Serve the kebabs hot or at room temperature with the reserved marinade and the Tunisian Relish.