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Chicken Tandoori Kebabs with Spices from Sonal


chicken tandoori kebabs

I was a lucky recipient of spices from the beautiful Sonal, of Simply Vegetarian 777, after the ringing of the new year. Thank you, so much, Sonal! Your gift has enabled me to awaken my creative side in the kitchen and my taste buds to a whole new world of flavors. ❤

I received the most aromatic envelope of deliciousness! I knew as soon as I opened the contents that this little family of ours was in for a special treat… or two!

chicken tandoori kebabsFor days, I thought about what I could prepare… I didn’t want my haste to make waste of the “fruits” of Sonal’s labors! What I made HAD to be good… in fact, it had to be great! And, so far, I’ve yielded two great AND delicious new recipes incorporating these spices.

Today, I’m sharing the recipe I made using Sonal’s Tandoori Spice Mix. I added the spices to a yogurt marinade for boneless, skinless chicken thighs. Oh my goodness…the flavor…everyone in my house absolutely loved this chicken.

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I cooked the chicken on skewers and utilized a panini press (with grill plates) to cook them to perfection (no turning of the skewers was required when cooking from the top and bottom). I also used a bit of the spices in my rice pilaf dish to heighten it’s flavors as well. A good, very good, decision!

chicken tandoori kebabs

At meal time, I had pita bread available to make sandwiches. A quick removal of the chicken from the skewers yielded a great sandwich… we topped them off with assorted add-ins… chopped spinach, sliced tomatoes and tzatziki sauce (for Travis).

chicken tandoori kebabs

Can you see the beautiful hue the spices gave the chicken? Now imagine the flavor…. gotcha… didn’t I? Let me just say, it tasted better than it looks! In the very near future, Sonal will begin mass production of her various spices so everyone can sample their deliciousness… as I already told Sonal, mine will be one of the first orders she receives. Thank you again, Sonal, for the delicious preview sample!

chicken tandoori kebabs

Chicken Tandoori Kebabs

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Tandoori Spice Marinade Ingredients:
1/2 cup plain, Greek yogurt
2 Tablespoons Ginger-Garlic Paste 
2 teaspoons Tandoori Spice Mix (optional: additional available for seasoning on the plate)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
6 boneless/skinless chicken thighs [about 1½ pounds], cut into large, bite-sized chunks

Mix of the above ingredients (up to the chicken) in a medium size bowl; it will resemble a thick paste. Add the chicken; toss well, taking care to ensure all of the chicken is coated in the marinade. Cover and refrigerate a minimum of 1 hour for best flavor.

Pre-heat a grill, grill-pan or panini press (with grill plates). While your pan/grill is heating, skewer the meat. Don’t overcrowd the skewers… spacing the meat a bit will aid in even, thorough cooking.

Spray pan/grill lightly with cooking spray and cook until well done. Times will vary depending upon method used. I prepared mine (panini press on “grill” setting, high heat) in less than 15 minutes. If using an outdoor grill, I recommend in-direct heat to prevent “flare-ups”.

Note: I suggest having a bit of the spice available table side. I found the chicken had a perfect level of spicy heat for my taste buds. Glenn, on the other hand, added a pinch or two of additional seasoning to heighten the “heat” level of his serving… the spicier the better for that man!


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    • Thanks, Doc…it was might was tasty chicken! As for the pics…the black plate with the perfect amount of natural light certainly aided my amateur skills!

  2. What a great idea, Nancy- I have a George Foreman grill AND a panini press and I never thought to use them for a recipe like this. Thanks for the awesome tip, and for sharing these delicious looking skewers with us. They look outstanding 😀

  3. Great job there Nancy. It’s lovely to see how non-Indians are using these spices to their full potential. Kudos on a flavorful, creative plate of kebabs. I must comment on your photos too, they are stunning, great lighting, a nice contrast with the black plate and background, there’s something different about the photos :). I just bought myself some black and white poster board and will play around with it. For now though, I’m in limbo, been up to my eyeballs with ma in law in Canada being in the hospital. I’m really hoping I can make the big get-together this Friday.

    • Thank you, Loretta. I really enjoyed incorporating Sonal’s spices with my simple way of preparing foods. It was delicious! Thanks also for the photo comments – it’s a work in process for me. Especially with the lack of natural light this time of year! I do hope your MIL is resting comfortably and recovers quickly. Hope to see you Friday!

  4. I am just so touched! Reading the post and comments brought tears to my eyes. A small gift that I sent to my staunch blog supporters, turned out my best blessing. At the time when I blogged about my curry spice in November, I had no idea that I would send it to more than 3 winning recipients. When I sent these spices, I expected nothing in return besides a confirmation note that they have been received!
    But I am stunned, pleasantly surprised and overwhelmed with the love and support from you Nancy and all the other lovely ladies who received and blogged about these.
    The chicken kebabs have come out gorgeous. You have done a superb job! Pita sandwich does justice to the chicken kebabs :). I loved how you spiked your rice too with a bit of spice. I do that sometimes with my onions. Marinate my sliced onions in Lebanon juice, salt n tandoori spice as an added garnish later.
    Thank you so much Nancy for this beautiful gift. I am compiling all the recipes and soon will blog them together on the launch of my spice line “The Spice Factory”.
    Love n Hugs

    • Now I’m the one with tears in my eyes, Sonal! Your appreciation for all of the blogging love sent your way is heartwarming. Of course, being you never expected anything in return from any of us, makes your gratitude that much more profound! You have an excellent product on the horizon and I think you really found a niche that has been missing from the market. I can’t wait to see where “The Spice Factory” takes you!! (Love the name, by the way.)
      I won’t hesitate to make these kebabs again in the near future… everyone in the house loved them! Thanks for the tip on the onions…I’m adding those to my “to do” list! Hugs and love to you, my friend!

  5. How lovely of Sonal to send you her spice mixes. You have done justice to the spices here with your kebabs, Nancy! 😛
    The best way to tenderize chicken for grilling is with yogurt, and good spices to go with, MmmMmm! 🙂

    • MmmMmm is the perfect description, Fae! Sonal is a sweetheart… I’m crossing my fingers I can buy more before my current supply runs out. The more I marinate chicken with yogurt, the more I think they’re meant for each other! Thanks… 🙂

    • Thank you, Julie! Yes. I believe the line will be quite long for these spices… Sonal’s spice mixes will definitely fill a void in the current market.

    • Thank you, Darya! I’ve marinated chicken before in yogurt (which was really good), but with the addition of Sonal’s spices I think I achieved greatness. The flavor can’t be beat.

  6. Nancy that’s fantastic, I love the chicken kebabs and it’s exactly what I plan on doing with my tandoori spice mix also. Saved your recipe. Sonal is a brilliant master spice blender. Gorgeous photo’s too!! Go Team Sonal!!!

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