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Chicken Kebab with Plum and Citrus Marinade

Chicken Kebab with Plum and Citrus Marinade

It’s been awhile since I made kebabs, so last weekend I decided to try a new recipe for my chicken kebabs. What makes the kebabs perfect is the marinade that is used to tenderize and add flavor to the meat. The acid in the marinade causes the meat tissue fibers to start to break down. This tenderizes the meat and allows more liquid to be absorbed and penetrate further into the meat and makes the meat more tender and juicier when cooked. The key components of marinades are acids, oils, natural tenderizing enzymes, herb spices and other flavors. Citrus juices are the main acids that I like to use in my marinades. For oil, I decided to use a little bit of tahini sauce. Prunes softens and tenderizes meat protein in this case. Herb spices – the variety is up to you, I decide to use fresh herbs like parsley, cilantro and mint for this dish and a little bit of cardamon. Pomegranate molasses add both acid and sweetness at the same time, making the marinade more exotic. I also added a little bit of red pepper flakes for a bit of heat. I would recommend to marinade the chicken overnight for better taste. The recipe is super easy only requires a little bit of planning to allow the chicken to marinade overnight. I also like to baste the meat when I am grilling and then after to keep the meat moist and also to add more flavor. All the flavors came together nicely making this chicken moist and tender with subtle, but exotic taste. The summer is here, lets start grilling!

Serves: 4-6

Preparation time: 20 minutes plus 1 day of marinating

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 2-inch cubes

Marinade:

  • 1 small onion, peeled and cut into 4
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup prunes, pitted
  • Juice and lime zest of 2 medium limes
  • 1 tablespoon tahini sauce
  • 3/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses
  • 1/2 cup fresh herbs( parsley, cilantro )
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt or to taste
  • freshly ground pepper or to taste

Baste:

  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses

Directions:

  1. Combine all the ingredients for the marinade in the food processor and pulse it to grind. Pour over the meat, toss, and marinade for at least 8 hours and up to 24 hours in the refrigerator.
  2. Preheat grill on high heat. In a small saucepan, heat the basting mixture over low heat. Keep it warm.
  3. Shake off the marinade so it doesn’t burn during grilling. Thread 4-5 pieces of chicken onto each skewer.
  4. Place the skewers on the grill and cook for 8-10 minutes, turning frequently until done. The chicken is done when the juice that runs out is yellow rather than pink.
  5. Remove the chicken from the grill and place it on the plate. Paint the chicken with the basting mixture again. Remove the chicken from the skewers. Garnish with limes and fresh herbs. Serve immediately with grilled vegetables, lavash bread and fresh herbs.

Enjoy!

Chicken Kebab with Plum and Citrus Marinade

This will be my entry for Fiesta Friday this week!

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61 Comments

  • Reply
    EmmaK
    May 16, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    These might be part of tomorrow’s BBQ. They look great!

    • Reply
      oceanviewkitchen
      May 16, 2014 at 2:27 pm

      Awesome! They are quite easy to make:) thanks for stopping by!

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    Tasty Eats Ronit Penso
    May 16, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Wonderful marinade – love all the ingredients in it! 🙂

    • Reply
      oceanviewkitchen
      May 16, 2014 at 2:32 pm

      Thanks Ronit! My husband loves kebabs and I used to make them almost every week but then stopped. So, going back to my weekend routine:)

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    Lori
    May 16, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Plum and citrus marinade! Wow! Sounds delicious! Love the look and sound of these! Great job!

    • Reply
      oceanviewkitchen
      May 16, 2014 at 2:36 pm

      Thanks Lori! I was looking for a new recipe and decided to experiment with these flavors. It came up very nicely, I was pretty happy with the result:) thanks for stopping by!

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        Lori
        May 16, 2014 at 2:37 pm

        Sounds so delicious! Very Creative! Always nice when it turns out well! 😉

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    Stephanie @ The Cozy Cook
    May 16, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Ohhhhhhhhhh……… I know what we’re making next time we grill, I am SO excited to try these… we’re always on the lookout for a good marinade so I’m really happy you brought these to the party today!!! Thank you!– And have a great weekend too. 🙂

    • Reply
      oceanviewkitchen
      May 16, 2014 at 2:46 pm

      Thanks Stephanie! I hope you do! This marinade goes well with chicken and easy to make! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend:)

  • Reply
    Nancy
    May 16, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    These kebabs look fabulous. Both the marinade and basting sauce sound absolutely delicious. Thanks for sharing with all of at FF!

    • Reply
      oceanviewkitchen
      May 16, 2014 at 2:58 pm

      Thanks Nancy! I am starting to grill more and kebabs are my favorite!

  • Reply
    alifemoment
    May 16, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Delicious recipe! 🙂

    • Reply
      oceanviewkitchen
      May 16, 2014 at 3:01 pm

      Thanks! Appreciate your comment!!!

      • Reply
        alifemoment
        May 16, 2014 at 3:12 pm

        You’re welcome,
        I love the presentation you did, really clear, clean and yummy,
        well done, good job 🙂

        Best Wishes,
        Alice

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    Loretta
    May 16, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Wow!!! love this, and just in time for summer. Pomegranate molasses, mint leaves, tahini sauce, to name just a few, such fresh, earthy ingredients……top that with an ocean view kitchen, heavens above, it’s inspiration on a plate!!!

    • Reply
      oceanviewkitchen
      May 16, 2014 at 6:20 pm

      Thank you so much! I am glad that you liked the recipe:) thanks for stoping by!

  • Reply
    Sheri Fox
    May 16, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Looks soooo good! I always need more marinade ideas and this is very unique. Beautiful pics too – legit food porn 😉

    • Reply
      oceanviewkitchen
      May 17, 2014 at 7:09 am

      Thanks Sheri! I am back to grilling every week and was looking for a new recipe for my chicken kebabs. This one came in really nice! Great for chicken! Thanks for stopping by:)

  • Reply
    skd
    May 16, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    A very interesting recipe. Lot of fruits in it.

    • Reply
      oceanviewkitchen
      May 17, 2014 at 7:12 am

      Fruits are great for marinades and I love experimenting with different ingredients. Thanks for stopping by and checking my post!

      • Reply
        skd
        May 18, 2014 at 2:11 am

        The pleasure was mine 🙂

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    lapetitepaniere
    May 16, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    Looks delicious 🙂

  • Reply
    Ayesha
    May 17, 2014 at 2:37 am

    amazingg! <3

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    Michelle
    May 17, 2014 at 4:01 am

    Oooh these look amazing, I love the combination of plum and citrus!

    • Reply
      oceanviewkitchen
      May 17, 2014 at 7:18 am

      Thanks Michelle! I think it goes well with chicken:) thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply
    thebrookcook
    May 17, 2014 at 4:28 am

    Sounds so tangy and fruity and delicious! Wonderful for grilling season! I have to decide if I will make this or your Middle Eastern Chicken first now…. 🙂 Yum!

    • Reply
      oceanviewkitchen
      May 17, 2014 at 7:29 am

      Thanks! Oh, yes, I totally forgot about my middle eastern chicken. Actually both were really good! If you like to grill, you can use both recipes for grilling/kebabs.

  • Reply
    spiceinthecity
    May 17, 2014 at 7:00 am

    These look awesome Olga! Love the ingredients in your marinade and that first picture is totally drool-inducing 🙂

    • Reply
      oceanviewkitchen
      May 17, 2014 at 7:33 am

      Thanks Naina! Appreciate your kind words! Thanks for stopping by!

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    crafteaheart
    May 17, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Great photo. Chicken looks amazing. =)

  • Reply
    Sadia Mohamed
    May 17, 2014 at 10:17 am

    I love the ingrediwnts u used fr the marinade. Plum, pomegranate molasses superbb!

    • Reply
      oceanviewkitchen
      May 17, 2014 at 11:13 am

      Thanks! I enjoy tangy and fruity marinades with a bit of heat. I discovered pomegranate molasses few months ago and now it’s one of my favorite ingredients. Thanks for stopping by:)

  • Reply
    chefceaser
    May 17, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Reblogged this on Chef Ceaser.

  • Reply
    Stacey Bender
    May 17, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Singing the kebab sing…loving kebabs! Thanks!

  • Reply
    chefjulianna
    May 17, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    Mmmm! I can’t wait to try this! I really love the sound of your marinade!!

    • Reply
      oceanviewkitchen
      May 18, 2014 at 7:13 am

      Thanks! I thought that all the ingredients worked very well together. Great for chicken, tangy and fruity…

  • Reply
    Ngan R.
    May 17, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    What an interesting and delicious recipe! These kebabs look perfect, and a great contribution to the kebab loving crowd at Fiesta Friday. Have a lovely weekend!

    • Reply
      oceanviewkitchen
      May 18, 2014 at 7:15 am

      Thanks! I love to grill and kebabs are one of favorites, so I always looking for a new recipes. This one was pretty good and perfect for summer. Thanks for stopping by:)

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    Selma's Table
    May 18, 2014 at 4:22 am

    Hi Olga – your kebabs looks soooo delicious, I am not surprised that they are a favourite of your husband’s! The marinade has a lot of flavour – I have never thought of using prunes before! Great dish for Fiesta Friday!

    • Reply
      oceanviewkitchen
      May 18, 2014 at 7:19 am

      Thanks Selma! I used prunes before for other recipes and they give this tangy and sweet taste at the same time. The key is to let it marinade overnight to get all the flavors.

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    Jhuls
    May 18, 2014 at 5:03 am

    These look so stunning, Olga. Glad you brought some for FF. 🙂

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    Kaila511
    May 18, 2014 at 6:05 am

    Yum! These look absolutely delicious! I must admit that I actually like prunes (it’s not too common among my friends), so I can’t wait to try this out. Thanks for bringing them to the fiesta! 🙂

    • Reply
      oceanviewkitchen
      May 18, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      Thanks, I hope you do! This my second recipe where I used prunes to marinade chicken and both were delicious. My husband doesn’t really like prunes but he loved this marinade! Thanks for stopping by:)

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    sarahjmir
    May 19, 2014 at 4:50 am

    mouth wateringly beautiful pictures!

  • Reply
    mrsratfire
    May 30, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Wow! Those are pretty and sound yummy. This is a beautiful blog. Thank you.

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    mrsratfire
    June 28, 2014 at 8:59 am

    these look fabulous…..I wish I had a few now! Thanks, you are an incredibly creative cook! Compared to you, I am a short order cook!

    • Reply
      oceanviewkitchen
      June 28, 2014 at 9:06 am

      Thank you so much for your kind words! Thanks for stopping by and checking by blog!

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    Milki Living
    May 2, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Definitely trying this, looks fantastic, Olga!

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