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Gently spiced chicken kebabs; an ideal barbecue recipe to impress your guests. These crowdpleasers are seasoned with garlic, turmeric, paprika and cumin seeds.


With their gentle spicing, these delicious chicken kebabs are brilliant for introducing children to new spices, and they are insanely popular with my kids and their friends. There is enough here to feed a crowd, but this is an easy recipe to scale down.

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1.2kg skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite-size pieces (about 1.8kg, if preparing whole thighs yourself)
2 tbsp olive oil
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tbsp ground turmeric
1 tbsp cumin seeds
1-2 tsp paprika, or to taste
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Small handful of chopped coriander, to serve

Essential kit

You will need: 8-10 metal or bamboo skewers.

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You will also need 8-10 metal or bamboo skewers (if using bamboo they are best soaked in cold water for an hour or so to help prevent them from burning).

In a mixing bowl, combine the chicken pieces, oil, garlic and all the spices, plus a generous grind of black pepper, but no salt just yet. Thread the chicken on to 8-10 long skewers, then place in a large dish or baking tray, cover and leave to marinate in the fridge for an hour, or for up to 24 hours.

Cook on the grill over a hot fire for around 15-20 minutes, turning regularly, until the chicken is cooked through.

When they are cooked, sprinkle with a little salt and scatter on the coriander before serving.

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