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Chicken skewers

Chicken skewers

Difficulty: Easy
Serves: 4
Time: 30 minutes plus 1 hour marinading plus 20 minutes cooking

We’ve been trying to liven up our dinners recently in a bid to get the kids to be a little less fussy – something I’m sure most parents can relate to. We’ll occasionally try giving the kids something completely different but often I just do something similar but done in a slightly different way than they’re used to. These chicken tikka skewers are a familiar food but are presented in an unusual but fun way for them.

What’s even better is kids can make up their own skewer adding the vegetables they like. We’ve used peppers, cherry tomatoes and onions, but you can use whatever your favourites are. Giving kids some ownership over their own creations, should (in theory) make them more likely to eat it!

We’ve cooked these skewers using the grill in our oven, but they would also be delicious on a BBQ in the summer.



Ingredients

150g natural yogurt yogurt
2 tbsp tikka curry paste
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
250g pack cherry tomatoes
1 pepper
1 red onion

How to make the chicken skewers

Put 8 wooden skewers in some water to soak before you begin.

Prepare the chicken tikka marinade

Get your kids to mix the yoghurt with the curry paste in a mixing bowl.

While they are doing that, cut the chicken in to bite sized cubes, then add them to your bowl. Mix it all together and if you have the time, leave it to marinate for an hour or so.

Prepare the vegetables

Cut the onion and pepper into chunks and lay on a plate or tray ready with the cherry tomatoes, ready to add to your skewers.

Make the tikka skewers

This is a fun job for kids to help with when they are old enough, you just have to be sure, if they are handling the raw chicken that they wont, touch things around your kitchen or lick their fingers! And make sure they wash their hands well when they are finished.

Get your kids to thread the chicken, peppers, onion and cherry tomatoes on to each skewer – making sure you get a nice mixture of each element on each skewer. We found the best way of doing this was to hold the skewer upright and then push each piece down on to the skewer from the top.

Cook the chicken tikka skewers

Place each kebab on a grill pan and cook them under a medium grill for 15-20 minutes, turning them a few times so they cook on all sides. They’re ready when the chicken has cooked through.

Serve them with chapatis, salad and some natural yoghurt on the side.

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Chicken tikka skewers

Delicious and simple chicken skewers which kids will love. They're perfect for a midweek meal, or even a summer picnic or BBQ.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Marinading time1 hr
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: bbq, chicken, dinner
Servings: 4
Author: cookingwithmykids

Ingredients

  • 150 g natural yogurt yogurt
  • 2 tbsp tikka curry paste
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 250 g pack cherry tomatoes
  • 1 pepper
  • 1 red onion

Instructions

  • Put 8 wooden skewers in some water to soak before you begin.

Prepare the chicken marinade

  • Mix the yoghurt with the curry paste in a mixing bowl.
  • Cut the chicken in to bite sized cubes, then add them to your bowl. Mix it all together and if you have the time, leave it to marinate for an hour or so.

Prepare the vegetables.

  • Cut the onion and pepper into chunks and lay on a plate or tray ready with the cherry tomatoes, ready to add to your skewers.

Make the tikka skewers

  • Thread the chicken, peppers, onion and cherry tomatoes on to each skewer – making sure you get a nice mixture of each element on each skewer.

Cook the chicken tikka skewers

  • Place each kebab on a grill pan and cook them under a medium grill for 15-20 minutes, turning them a few times so they cook on all sides. They're ready when the chicken has cooked through.
  • Serve them with chapatis, salad and some natural yoghurt on the side.
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6 Comments

    • Thanks. Yes, these would be great on a BBQ too – but we can’t rely on the sunny weather up hear, so the grill is just as good!

    • It’s funny how we could make the same thing without the skewer and my kids wouldn’t touch it, but I think the different presentation intrigued them enough to try it!

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