North African-Style Chicken Kebabs
For an authentic North African-style meal, serve these colorful chicken and vegetable kebabs on a bed of fragrantly spiced couscous. For dessert, present a platter of chilled orange slices sprinkled with rosewater and chopped toasted almonds.
  • 1 medium sweet potato (8 ounces) peeled, halved lengthwise and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick half-rounds
  • 2 scallions, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 4 thin slices (quarter-size) unpeeled fresh ginger
  • 1/4 cup (packed) cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Pinch of saffron or turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 medium zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 8 cherry tomatoes
  • 8 thin slices of lemon
  • 8 bay leaves

1. Bring medium saucepan of water to a boil. Add sweet potato and cook until just barely tender but still firm enough to thread on a skewer, about 6 minutes. Rinse under cold water to stop cooking.

2. In food processor or blender, finely chop scallions, garlic, ginger and cilantro. Add paprika, salt, black pepper, cayenne, saffron, lemon juice and olive oil, and process until blended.

3. Place sweet potato, chicken and zucchini in large nonreactive mixing bowl and pour saffron mixture over. Mix well, cover and marinate at room temperature while you preheat broiler or prepare grill. (For the most flavor, let chicken and vegetables marinate at least 30 minutes.)

4. Preheat broiler or prepare grill. On 4 skewers, alternately thread sweet potato, chicken, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, lemon slices and bay leaves. Reserve any leftover marinade.

5. Broil or grill the skewers 3 to 4 inches from heat for 6 to 8 minutes, turning skewers occasionally until chicken and vegetables are just cooked through. Brush with leftover marinade as they cook.

Nutritional Information
Per serving: 228 calories, 5.3g total fat, 0.9g saturated fat, 2.9g monounsaturated fat, 0.8g polyunsaturated fat, 1.9g dietary fiber, 28g protein, 18g carbohydrate, 66mg cholesterol, 359mg sodium.
Good source of: beta-carotene, selenium, vitamin B6, vitamin C.

Date Published: 09/19/2005 > Printer-friendly Version

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