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Chicken Skewers with Cucumber-Garlic Yogurt Sauce {Taratur}

Chicken Skewers with Cucumber-Garlic Yogurt Sauce {Taratur} – So delicious and incredibly flavorful marinated grilled chicken skewers served with a side of Cucumber-Garlic Yogurt Sauce, a.k.a. Taratur.

Chicken Skewers with Cucumber-Garlic Yogurt Sauce {Taratur} - So delicious and incredibly flavorful marinated grilled chicken skewers served with a side of Cucumber-Garlic Yogurt Sauce, a.k.a. Taratur.

Hi Hey, Friends! Hi, Hey, Sunday! Welcome back!

We are well into this Sunday and all I want to do is continue to vegetate on that couch behind me. BUT, since food is a priority around here, the couch will have to wait until tonight’s BravoTV binge-watch.

So, seriously? Was 2005 like really that long ago?

I went to this awesome Persian restaurant back in 2005, which in my head was 3 years ago, but in terms of math, it was not? I mean, was it really 10 years ago?? HOW does this time thing even happen so fast? It’s not like I’m trying to get to the “Finish Line” anytime soon, you know?

Daaaang. Let’s just slow it down already.

Let’s slow down. Let’s fire up the grill. Let’s put on our new maxi dress – more room to stuff thy belly and not suck it in – and let’s ease into this rainy Spring day. K?

Chicken Skewers with Cucumber-Garlic Yogurt Sauce {Taratur} - So delicious and incredibly flavorful marinated grilled chicken skewers served with a side of Cucumber-Garlic Yogurt Sauce, also known as Taratur. Get the recipe on diethood.com

So this one time back in the olden days – circa 2005 – I dined at a Persian restaurant where I encountered a plateful of beautifully threaded chicken skewers served with yogurt sauce. They were major awesome – I was crushing on ’em at first bite. I inhaled those skewers, caveman style, forgetting to come back up for air. With no shame, either. SO darn GOOD!

But those skewers are not these. These are my take on those.

Chicken Skewers with Cucumber-Garlic Yogurt Sauce {Taratur} - So delicious and incredibly flavorful marinated grilled chicken skewers served with a side of Cucumber-Garlic Yogurt Sauce, also known as Taratur. Get the recipe on diethood.com

Let’s start with the Taratur (Tar-ah-tour) Sauce, first. This little bowl here is FRESH and tastes like a big ol’ bowl of summer. Or late spring. It’s garlicky, it’s crunchy, its cold and it’s ridiculously amazing. Scouts honor. I could eat yogurt every darn day if it looked like this.

Judging by the ingredients, you may think that Taratur is the same as Tzatziki, but let me stop you right there.

Taratur is a traditional Macedonian summer side dish or dip (it can be served either way) which is similar to Tzatziki, but it is not the same. The variations are in the extra ingredients used in Taratur and in the thickness of the yogurt; the yogurt used for Tzatziki is as thick as a spread, whereas the yogurt used for Taratur is thinner because Taratur is meant to be either eaten with a spoon, or used as a sauce or dip for various grilled meats and sandwiches. Got it? Good.

Chicken Skewers with Cucumber-Garlic Yogurt Sauce {Taratur} - So delicious and incredibly flavorful marinated grilled chicken skewers served with a side of Cucumber-Garlic Yogurt Sauce, also known as Taratur. Get the recipe on diethood.com

Then, our delicious chicken here was marinated in a lemon/thyme mixture together with our friends, garlic and olive oil. Need I say more?

To be honest, the marinade makes me completely flip my lid. I have a a bit of it left in the fridge and have to stop myself from dunking everything in it.

Basically, what I’m trying to say is that I’ll do anything to live on this chicken for forever and beyond.

Only thing that’s missing here is your fork and knife. Or just your hands. Yeah, use your hands and go to town because these will be gone in 3…2….1….

ENJOY!

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Chicken Skewers with Cucumber-Garlic Yogurt Sauce {Taratur} - So delicious and incredibly flavorful marinated grilled chicken skewers served with a side of Cucumber-Garlic Yogurt Sauce, also known as Taratur. Get the recipe on diethood.com

Chicken Skewers with Cucumber-Garlic Yogurt Sauce {Taratur}

Katerina | Diethood
Flavorful marinated grilled chicken skewers with a side of Cucumber-Garlic Yogurt Sauce, also known as Taratur.
4.75 from 8 votes
Servings : 6 servings
Prep Time 2 hrs 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 35 mins

Ingredients
  

FOR THE CHICKEN SKEWERS
  • 4 skinless boneless chicken breasts (you can also use 1 to 1-1/2 pounds of chicken tenders)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • salt and fresh ground pepper , to taste
  • wooden skewers
FOR THE TARATUR
  • 1 cucumber , finely diced
  • 4 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups non-fat plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup walnuts , ground (put a couple tablespoons of ground walnuts aside for sprinkling on top of the dip)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil , divided
  • 1 teaspoon fresh chopped mint
  • chopped fresh parsley , for garnish (optional)

Instructions
 

FOR THE CHICKEN SKEWERS
  • Cut chicken lengthwise into 12 to 16 strips.
  • Place chicken in a resealable bag and set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, thyme, Italian Seasoning, salt and pepper; whisk until well incorporated.
  • Pour the marinade over chicken and seal the bag.
  • Refrigerate for 2 hours, or overnight.
  • Remove chicken from bag and discard marinade.
  • Thread chicken onto wooden skewers.
  • Heat the grill to a medium heat.
  • Brush grilling surface with vegetable oil.
  • Place skewers on the grill, directly over heat.
  • Grill for 10 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink, turning the skewers once during cooking.
In the meantime, prepare the Taratur Sauce.
  • Dice the cucumbers and try to absorb as much of the moisture as possible by drying off the cucumber pieces with a paper towel.
  • Place cucumbers and minced garlic in a bowl.
  • Sprinkle with salt and 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil; mix it all together.
  • Stir in the yogurt and ground walnuts.
  • Drizzle the remaining extra virgin olive oil on top, sprinkle with remaining ground walnuts and add the mint.
  • Chill before serving it in an individual, cup-sized bowl OR drizzle some of it over the chicken skewers as I have done here.
  • Add chopped fresh parsley.
  • Serve.

Notes

To prevent the wooden skewers from burning, soak them in water for 20 minutes before threading the chicken pieces.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 290 kcal | Carbohydrates: 10 g | Protein: 22 g | Fat: 17 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Cholesterol: 49 mg | Sodium: 346 mg | Potassium: 606 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 7 g | Vitamin A: 60 IU | Vitamin C: 6.1 mg | Calcium: 188 mg | Iron: 0.9 mg | Net Carbs: 9 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Macedonian
Keyword: chicken shish kebab, chicken skewers, greek chicken kabobs
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35 comments on “Chicken Skewers with Cucumber-Garlic Yogurt Sauce {Taratur}”

  1. I’m with you on thinking that 2005 was just 3 years ago – I mean, it’s seriously been 10 years? 🙂 Anyway, this looks absolutely amazing and I need to try this – that Taratur (how have I never heard of it before now??!) is calling my name!

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    Cate | Chez CateyLou

    You managed to make chicken look pretty!! These skewers are really so pretty, and that sauce…pretty sure I would eat that with a spoon!

  3. Made this tonight….I was literally licking my plate clean. The taratur sauce is so full of flavor and texture. I’m going to probably put it on everything this summer.

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    Patricia @ Grab a Plate

    Wow! This sounds amazing, and your photos are amazing! And the sauce sounds amazing! Love everything about this!

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    Joanie @ ZagLeft

    The taratur sauce is something I know I would put on just about everything. We grill almost every night and I’ll be putting this recipe on our menu this week.

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    Chrisy @ Homemade Hooplah

    I have a feeling I’m going to be putting this taratur sauce on everything, including these skewers. Looks amazing!!

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