Sumac Chicken Skewers with Lemon Yogurt Sauce

Author: Canadian Living

Strips of juicy spiced chicken served with a velvety sauce are irresistible. Sumac, a tart flavouring used even in Roman days, is available in Middle Eastern and specialty markets. You can substitute 1 tsp (5 mL) each lemon rind and paprika. Soak the wooden skewers in water for at least 30 minutes to prevent scorching.

  • Portion size 20 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: December 2005

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon ground sumac
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • 12 oz boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Lemon Yogurt Sauce:
  • 1 cup Balkan-style plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper

Method

Lemon Yogurt Sauce: Line sieve with double thickness cheesecloth; set over bowl. Spoon in yogurt; cover and let drain in refrigerator for 1 hour to make about 1/2 cup (125 mL). (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)

In bowl, whisk together yogurt, parsley, lemon rind and juice, salt and pepper. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.)

In separate bowl, whisk together oil, sumac, parsley, garlic and cayenne pepper.

Cut chicken crosswise into 1/4-inch (5 mm) thick strips; add to oil mixture and toss to coat. Thread 1 strip onto each of about twenty 6- or 8-inch (15 or 20 cm) soaked wooden skewers. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 4 hours.)

Place on greased foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. Broil 6 inches (15 cm) from heat until no longer pink inside, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with salt. Serve with lemon yogurt sauce.

Nutritional facts <b>Per piece:</b> about

  • Sodium 73 mg
  • Protein 4 g
  • Calories 44.0
  • Total fat 2 g
  • Cholesterol 12 mg
  • Saturated fat 1 g
  • Total carbohydrate 1 g

%RDI

  • Iron 1.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 1.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 2.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 2.0
  • Vitamin C 2.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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