Thursday, 27 February 2014

Turmeric Chicken Skewers

Sometimes it's really hard to think of ways to cook chicken so it's not just another boring meal. I try not to think of meals in terms of adult meals/children's meals.. ideally we would all be eating the same good quality foods, but I know it can be tough to get children to eat their veggies..

The eagle eyed amongst you will spot a cake cooling in the background...... It may be Lemon Drizzle Cake.... :) 
Why not put their food on sticks? Let them eat with their fingers... I love casual meals where you just pick up your food and enjoy. Using small chunks of colourful vegetables on skewers won't seem as scary to them and as a big pile of broccoli...

These skewers are great both hot and cold which makes them ideal for a family meal, or leftovers for a packed lunch.

A little bit of advance planning is recommended so you can marinate the chicken for at least 30 minutes. Overnight is even better :)

For the marinade:

  • 1 small green onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tsp tumeric
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 kafir leaves, centre stalks removed
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée 
  • 1 tbsp coconut cream
  • 1 tbsp water
  • salt & pepper

Place all the ingredients in a food processor and blend well. 

Chop chicken into chunks and coat in the marinade. Cover and refrigerate overnight or for at least 30 minutes...

Soak skewers in water for 10 minutes (this stops the tips burning)

For the skewers: 
  • 1 marinated chicken breast
  • 5 mushrooms, halved
  • 1/2 yellow & red bell pepper

Preheat oven to 180d (fan).

Add the chicken, mushrooms and pepper to soaked bamboo skewers. 

Drizzle with a little melted coconut oil.

Cook for approx 8 minutes, turn the skewers over and cook for a further 8 minutes. 

Serve with a side salad.


  1. What are kafir leaves? Where would you get them? Could you leave them out/replace them with another herb/spice? I'm not hopeful that I would get them in my neck of the woods!

  2. They are dried lime leaves. I use them a lot in Thai cooking. They come in a little tin, usually found alongside coconut milk in most supermarkets. If you can't find them I wouldn't worry. Lemongrass would would too, or even 1/2 a tsp of lime zest. There are plenty of other flavours in the marinate so don't worry if you just leave it out :)