Indian Spiced Chicken Skewers

This San Francisco gal is full of beautiful food ideas.  An Indian cook who takes the spices and flavors from her native country and modernizes them in amazing and flavorful ways.  Asha has a knack for tantalizing through her fusion of flavors and then through her amazing food presentations.  Once you get to know her and see her creations, you’ll understand how she has drawn so many to her sites and has won over many culinary hearts.  Because I love the flavors of India but have always been a bit intimidated about creating them in my own kitchen, I am trying to learn more about the process and ingredients.  Asha has a way of drawing you in and breaking it down so it is easy to recreate in your own home – using ingredients that are easily found.  I’ve loved getting to know  this sweet and gracious friend and know you will too.  -Margie    (food and photos created by Asha)

Asha Shivakumar

Asha Shivakumar, wife, mother, food blogger, editor of @feedfeed (a digital cooking publication)
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Chicken is very versatile and I make it often.  Chicken Tikka and tandoori chicken are quite popular and I love to make versions of that all the time. With spice and nut mixes like the Bombay mix, the crunch and flavor elevates a dish.  It is  not only easy, but using yogurt in your marinades tenderizes and coats the chicken so well.  The best thing about recipes like this is, the marinade takes minutes and all you do is add the chicken, let it sit and do it’s magic. They make the most juicy chicken bites and an easy flavorful meal.  You will be surprised at how with very few ingredients you are able to create the best Indian style chicken which is in fact perfect for entertaining too.

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Ingredients

    Turmeric & Cumin Yogurt Chicken:
  • 1 teaspoon Cairo nut & spice mix
  • 2 chicken breasts, large & skinless, cut into 1-2 inch cubes
  • ½ cup yogurt, full fat
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted, ground to powder
  • 2 teaspoons fresh turmeric, fresh, grated fine (you can substitute ? teaspoon turmeric powder)
  • ½ teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • Cilantro Habanero Chicken:
  • 1 teaspoon Mumbai nut & spice mix
  • 2 chicken breasts, skinless, cut into 1-2 inch cubes
  • 1 cup cilantro, fresh (or 1 bunch)
  • 3 habanero peppers
  • 5-6 garlic cloves, whole
  • ginger, fresh, 2 inches of root
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice, fresh
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons oil

Instructions

    Turmeric & Cumin Yogurt Chicken:
  1. Add the cut chicken cubes into a bowl with a tight fitting lid, or into a ziploc bag. Add all the ingredients for the marinade, seal tightly, and massage the chicken well. Let it sit overnight in the refrigerator.
  2. Skewer the chicken with alternating veggies or lay them on a baking tray and bake in a 450° oven for 25-30 minutes. You can grill this as well.
  3. Serve the Turmeric & Cumin Chicken with some rice or naan, yogurt raita and lemon wedges. Just before serving, sprinkle with additional Cairo nut & spice mix.
  4. Cilantro Habanero Chicken:
  5. Place all the ingredients, except chicken, into a food processor and grind everything into a coarse paste to make the marinade.
  6. Combine the marinade and chicken together into a bowl or a ziploc bag. Massage the chicken with the marinade and let it sit refrigerated for at least 6 hours to overnight.
  7. Skewer the chicken with alternating veggies or lay them on a baking tray and bake in a 450° oven for 25-30 minutes. Just before serving, sprinkle with additional Mumbai nut & spice mix
  8. Serve the Cilantro Habanero Chicken with some rice or naan, and lemon wedges.
  9. Both chicken dishes can be served with some green chutney which we make using the cilantro chicken marinade ingredients (fresh from another batch, not the one used to marinate the chicken) and mix together with some yogurt.

Notes

These Indian spiced chicken skewers, made two ways, are made using both the Glory Kitchen CAIRO nut blend and the MUMBAI nut blend. Enjoy!

Indian Spiced Chicken Skewers - Glory Kitchen
Indian Spiced Chicken Skewers - Glory Kitchen
Indian Spiced Chicken Skewers - Glory Kitchen