Grilled chicken skewers with hummus-yoghurt sauce

Grilled chicken skewers with hummus-yoghurt sauce

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  • 4
  • Easy
  • Fat conscious Heart friendly
  • 20 minutes
  • 20 minutes
  • Black Oystercatcher White Pearl 2008


  • baby gem lettuce leaves, for serving
  • For the grilled chicken skewers:
  • 400 g free-range mini chicken fillets
  • olive oil, for rubbing
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • For the bulgur-wheat pilau:
  • 200 g bulgur wheat
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 t cumin
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 cup organic chicken stock
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • For the hummus-yoghurt sauce, mix together:
  • 200 g hummus
  • ½ cup Greek yoghurt

Cooking Instructions

To make the grilled chicken skewers:

Soak 8 thin wooden skewers in water. Moisten the chicken with olive oil and season to taste.

Thread the chicken fillets onto the skewers and grill over hot coals, turning around to cook all sides, until starting to catch but still moist.

To make the bulgur-wheat pilau:

Soak the bulgur wheat a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes to soften.

Meanwhile, fry the onion in the olive oil until translucent, then stir in the garlic and cumin.

Add the soaked bulgur and salt, then pour in the stock and bring to a bubble.

Reduce the heat and cover. Simmer gently for 15 minutes, or until the stock has been absorbed.

Add a few twists of black pepper and stir in the chopped parsley. Fluff up with a fork and serve warm.

To serve: Arrange the grilled chicken skewers on a platter, alongside a bowl of the sauce, with lettuce leaves and lemon wedges at the ready. Serve the bulgur-wheat pilau on the side.

Cook’s notes: Use tahini sauce (not tahini paste) instead of hummus or sprinkle the hummus-yoghurt sauce with sumac, which is ground from dried burgundy-red sumac berries and gives a tart sour-lemon flavour to Middle Eastern cooking. You can also try your hand at making your own hummus

Leftovers? Toss together a salad of chicken and pilau, adding canned chickpeas for further dimension in flavour. Thin down any leftover sauce with more yoghurt and lemon juice to use as a dressing. Serve on lettuce leaves.

Phillippa Cheifitz Recipe by: Phillippa Cheifitz
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Regular TASTE contributor Phillippa is a well-known South African author and food writer, and has won many awards, both for her magazine features and her cookbooks.

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