Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Chicken kebabs with avacado salad

Ok, I am going to go as far as to say that this has been my favourite thing to cook so far. Easy, delicious, healthy and tasty. It ticks all my boxes. It is a Jamie Oliver recipe from 20 minute meals. If only he promoted this as 40 minute meals it would be perfect!


  • 2 medium  boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into chunks 
  • 3 zucchini, sliced very thinly length ways (mandolin) 
  • 6–8 skewers 
  • 1 small bunch of coriander
  • 1 small bunch of fresh mint
  • 1 medium red chili (deseeded)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 small bunch of spring onions
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 romaine or baby cos lettuce
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 handful of fresh basil
  • 1/2 tsp English mustard (any hot mustard will do)
  • 4 small pita breads
  • red wine vinegar
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  1. Put the mint leaves, chili and corianders into a food processor. Add garlic cloves, half the spring onion, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Process then add a little olive oil. It should look like a paste. 
  2. Evenly coat the chicken breast pieces in marinade. 
  3. Trim the ends of the zucchini then use a peeler to peel them into nice thin strips
  4. Add the zucchini strips in a bowl with a pinch of salt, a little olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice. Toss together. 
  5. Skewer the chicken pieces with the zucchini folded in between. Set aside.
  6. On a large chopping board finely slice the rest of the spring onion, then add the cucumber and chop, stone and peel the avocado and add to the board with lettuce leaves. Pick the basil leaves, add these to the board and roughly chop everything together. 
  7. Make a well in the middle of the salad on the board, add the mustard, a splash of red wine vinegar and a splash of olive oil. Chop everything together a bit more, mixing it with the dressing as you go, then season with salt and pepper and scoop into a serving bowl. 
  8. Put the chicken kebabs onto a preheated grill and cook for 3 minutes on each side. 
  9. Put the pita breads on the bottom shelf of the grill underneath the tray of chicken to warm through. (If your grill is only one level, you can heat up in the microwave. 
  10. Serve kebabs with the hot pita and salad. 

1 comment:

  1. This recipe does not mention a mandoline, only a food processor, which is a good thing for me right now, as my food processor would not start spinning if my hand is inside the bowl.