I have made this several times and it is fantastic. One short cut. You can buy the premixed sauce/marinade at speciality store and it turns out just as good as making it from scratch. Fantastic meal!
Yogurt-marinated Chicken Kebabs with Israeli Couscous
Marinating chicken in yogurt and exotic spices makes these chicken kebabs ultra-tender and unbelievably flavorful.
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- Calories: 569
- Calories from fat: 14%
- Protein: 55g
- Fat: 8.6g
- Saturated fat: 3.5g
- Carbohydrate: 64g
- Fiber: 3.4g
- Sodium: 1275mg
- Cholesterol: 114mg
- 1 1/2 cups plain low-fat yogurt, divided
- 2 teaspoons garam masala (see Notes)
- 1 teaspoon Madras curry powder
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 tsp. salt, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 1/2 pounds boned, skinned chicken breast, cut into 1 1/2-in. pieces
- 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
- 3 tablespoons minced red onion
- 1 teaspoon finely shredded fresh lemon zest
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint, divided
- 1 1/2 cups Israeli couscous (see Notes)
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 2 medium red bell peppers, seeded and cut into 1 1/2-in. pieces
- Four 8-in. skewers
- 1. Combine 1 cup yogurt, garam masala, curry powder, garlic, 1 tsp. salt, and pepper in a large resealable plastic bag. Add chicken, seal bag, and shake to coat. Let marinate 20 minutes at room temperature.
- 2. In a small bowl, stir together remaining 1/2 cup yogurt, the feta, onion, lemon zest, and 1 tbsp. mint; set aside.
- 3. Bring 2 qts. water to a boil and add 1 tbsp. salt. Add couscous and cook until tender, 12 to 15 minutes. Drain, return to pot, and add olive oil. Cover to keep warm.
- 4. Thread chicken and bell pepper onto metal skewers and discard marinade. Preheat a gas or charcoal grill to medium-high (you can hold your hand 1 to 2 in. above cooking grate only 3 to 4 seconds). Grill kebabs, turning once, until chicken is browned and cooked through, about 10 minutes. Pile couscous on a platter, sprinkle with remaining 1 tbsp. mint, and arrange kebabs around it. Serve with yogurt-feta sauce.
- Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.
Garam masala is an Indian spice blend. Find it and Israeli couscous, also called pearl couscous, at specialty grocers and at Whole Foods Markets.
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