Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Chicken Adana Kebabs

Have I ever mentioned how much I LOVE middle-Eastern food?  Brandon and I are both huge fans.  I particularly love Lebanese and Turkish food.  Their food is so fresh and flavorful.  I tried re-creating a really easy kebab platter we had at this great little restaurant near our home and surprisingly it turned out really close to the real thing! Brandon calls this "Chicken Madonna" lol...   I served it with Jasmine-parsley rice, fresh sliced tomatoes and onions, and topped with a garlicky, lemony yogurt sauce.  This is something you could totally whip up in a flash, using the ingredients you have at home.

For the Kebabs:
2 lbs. ground chicken (turkey, or beef will work too)
1 small onion, finely diced
1/2 a small green pepper, finely diced
1/2 a small red pepper
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 egg
2 tbsp. olive oil
4 tbsp. paprika
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. ground coriander
Juice of 1 lemon
salt to taste

Finely chop your onions and peppers and mince the garlic.  Add the ground chicken to a mixing bowl, then add the onions, garlic, and peppers.  The preparation of this part is much like how you'd make a meat loaf or meatballs.  Basically just dump all of the ingredients into the bowl and combine well.  Traditionally, the Adana kebabs are spiced with Sumac, but this ingredient is a little hard to find, so I just used Paprika. It seems like a lot of paprika but you really need it for this dish. Once all of the ingredients are combined, form little oblong patties.  Add a little olive oil to a grill pan and turn up the heat to medium high.  Once the grill is hot, place the patties on top of the grill and let the patties cook undisturbed for about 6 minutes on each side. I used an indoor grill pan, because I didn't feel like uncovering the BBQ grill, but truth be told, they do taste a little better on the outdoor grill since they get that flame grilled taste.

For the Yogurt sauce:
1 cup plain greek yogurt
2 cloves garlic (grated)
2 tbsp. lemon juice
3 tbsp. fresh chopped parsley

Add all of the ingredients to a mixing bowl and combine well. Make sure you chop the parsley really finely. Alternately, you could run this sauce through a mini food processor, but I just didn't feel like getting something else dirty.


Amanda said...


Rox said...

Thanks Amanda! All that was missing were the little french fries like they serve at Nahra's!

Dahveed said...


rbuil said...

Ha! They were super easy to make... you should try it!

Pinky said...

i made these with beef and it was excellent. My hubby went for thirds!! These were delicious! Thanks for sharing. Next time I will definitely try with chicken.

Rox said...

awesome... glad everyone liked them!

James said...

I love your recipe. It looks great. Will make this today.

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