These chicken skewers are cooked on the grill and are incredibly simple to make. They are flavoured with yogurt, cardamom, ginger, cayenne, and smoked paprika.
This post is sponsored by Alokozay Canada and Branding and Buzzing. More details at the bottom of the post.
Meat on a stick, is there anything better? I think not. I love chicken on the grill. More so if it is in kebab form. Whether you call them kebabs, kebobs, skewers, or meat on a stick, it’s something you will want to sink your teeth into.
I could eat chicken every single day. It’s so versatile, plus it’s pretty healthy. So I never feel guilty eating it. I can munch down on a whole bunch of it without feeling like I should cut back.
When Alozokay Canada asked me if I’d like to make a recipe using their tea I was happy to oblige. I’ve cooked with tea before, in fact I use it fairly often when working with chicken.
Tea adds great flavour to recipes. You can use leftover tea, or whip up a whole batch just to cook with. There is no right or wrong way to handle your tea brewing skills.
My mom was a huge tea drinker so I grew up knowing it could be enjoyed for drinking, among a ton of other uses. My mom always had a pot brewing. Tea is woven into almost every memory of my mom.
So this challenge was a ton of fun. Particularly with Mothers Day looming on the horizon. I was able to do two things I love, play with my food and reminisce about my mom.
Let’s just be honest here, any chance I get to pop some meat on a stick and fire up one of my grills is a good day in my book. Hope you feel the same way.
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Grilled Chicken Skewers
- 4 large boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into long strips
- 1/2 cup of brewed and cooled Alokozay Cardamom Tea
- 1 cup of plain yogurt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- 1 teaspoon white pepper
- 1 teaspoon coarse salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 to 2 tablespoons canola oil for brushing on grill
Brew a small batch of cardamom tea, I used two tea bags to 1 cup of boiling water because I wanted the flavour of the cardamom to be strong for cooking. Allow to stand until dark in colour, remove tea bags, and discard. Allow tea to cool completely.
Clean your grill grates. The cleaner they are the less chance your food will stick.
Preheat grill to high heat. Reduce heat to medium low. Use a brush with a long handle to oil the grates before placing food on the grill.
You want your tea cooled before starting this recipe.
Cut chicken into long, thin strips, much like you would use for making a satay. No cubes because of how we're placing them on the skewer. So about 3 inches long by an inch wide or a bit less. Now thread the chicken onto the skewer so it's in a long thin line instead of bunched up thick. This helps it cook quickly and evenly. Fill all the skewers but leave so room on each end.
In a small bowl combine the yogurt, 1/2 cup of brewed and cooled tea, and all the spices. Whisk until combined. Brush all over the skewers so it coats all of it. Use about 1/2 the mixture before cooking then half during the cooking process.
Brush grill grates carefully with a bit of oil. Place skewers on grill grate. Close lid and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes. Flip over, close lid, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
Now brush remaining mixture over the skewers and continue to cook with lid up until golden brown, this will only take 2 to 3 minutes on each side. If you need more moisture you can carefully brush on a bit more oil. Always be careful when brushing on oil because of flare ups. I tap my brush on a plate to remove excess before brushing grates or food. Too much oil can spark flames. So use caution.
Remove from grill carefully.
Serve with a big old cardamom loving smile!
Recipe created by Kiss My Smoke
Please note I use long metal skewers in the recipe. If using wooden skewers you need to soak them in water for 1 hour prior to cooking on the grill.
This recipe is so easy to make yet tastes like you spent all day sweating over your grill. I love recipes like that.
I had the pleasure of shopping online at Alozokay to pick out the tea I wanted to use in this recipe. Their website is fast, easy to use, and they have a ton of amazing products to choose from.
You can follow them on Twitter, and Facebook. You can purchase Alozokay products in store in Ontario at Metro, Food Basics and Adonis. You can also purchase them in Canada at Bulk Barn.
Online purchases can be made on Alozokay Canada. I love their store locator tab, as well as their special offers tab. Be sure to check those out.
Thanks to Alozokay Canada, and Branding and Buzzing for sponsoring this post. I was compensated for recipe development, plus received some kick ass tea to try out.
Sponsored content is part of what keeps the blog going, it helps offset the costs associated with maintaining a website. Thanks to my sponsors, and my readers, for making Kiss My Smoke possible.
Now be confident and get your grill on!