Spiced chicken and tomato skewers


Spiced chicken and tomato skewers

These tasty skewers look appealing if you’re entertaining, and make a great lunchtime meal or dinner side dish, served with a salad.

Preparation time: 15 minutes + marinating time

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Serves: 4


  • 3 tbs safflower (or sunflower) oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • ¾ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 565g boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into cubes
  • 340g whole cherry tomatoes
  • 4 tsp chopped fresh chives
  • butter lettuce leaves, to serve


  1. Mix the safflower oil, garlic, turmeric, cumin, ginger, salt, black pepper, cinnamon, cayenne, allspice and the nutmeg in a large bowl. Add the chicken and the cherry tomatoes and toss well.
  2. Cover the bowl and then marinate the mixture in the refrigerator for about 2 hours or overnight, if you have the time.
  3. Meanwhile, soak 12 to 14 wooden skewers in water.
  4. Heat a grill or grill pan over medium-high heat. Skewer the chicken and tomatoes, alternating on the skewer. Grill for about 8 minutes, turning occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through.
  5. Arrange the skewers on a platter over the lettuce leaves and garnish with the chives. Serve.

Recipe courtesy of Prevention magazine.


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