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Middle Eastern Lemon Yogurt Chicken skewers served with arugula salad.
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Lemon Yogurt Chicken Skewers of the Middle East

This is a perfect chicken dish that's packed full of amazing flavor. The overnight yogurt marinade with its creamy, tangy combination keeps the moisture in. It's a delicious dish any time of the year! Get the grill fired up!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
refrigerate8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 35 mins
Course: Main Course, Poultry
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keyword: Lemon Yogurt Chicken Skewers
Servings: 6
Author: Debbie


  • 1 ½ cups plain Greek yogurt
  • zest of one lemon
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 1 ½ Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon paprika
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh mint
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, more or less, depending on your heat tolerance
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 pounds chicken tenders, or boneless breast cut into strips
  • 20 wooden skewers


  • In a large glass or ceramic bowl, place all of the ingredients, except for the chicken tenders.
  • With a whisk, thoroughly combine the ingredients.
  • Add the chicken tenders to the mixture.
  • With a heavy spoon, thoroughly coat the chicken with the marinade.
  • Using two gallon-sized zip closure plastic bags, divide half of the the chicken and yogurt mixture and place into each bag. Zip closed and mix around one more time.
  • Lay flat and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or preferably overnight.
  • Soak the wooden skewers in water for at least 30 minutes.
  • Remove the chicken from the bags and discard the marinade left in the bags.
  • Heat grill to 375℉.
  • While grill is heating up, thread marinated strips of chicken onto the skewers.
  • Grill chicken for a total of 20 minutes, 10 minutes per side.


Gr8 idea:

For an added sauce on the side, make a little extra of the marinade. It would be a delicious accompaniment in a little dish on the side.
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