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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}

So delicious and incredibly flavorful marinated grilled chicken skewers with a side of Cucumber-Garlic Yogurt Sauce, also known as Taratur.
Course Dinner
Prep Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 35 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 290 kcal
Author Katerina

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

  1. Cut chicken lengthwise into 12 to 16 strips.
  2. Place chicken in a resealable bag and set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, thyme, Italian Seasoning, salt and pepper; whisk until well incorporated.
  4. Pour the marinade over chicken and seal the bag.
  5. Refrigerate for 2 hours, or overnight.
  6. Remove chicken from bag and discard marinade.
  7. Thread chicken onto wooden skewers.
  8. Heat the grill to a medium heat.
  9. Brush grilling surface with vegetable oil.
  10. Place skewers on the grill, directly over heat.
  11. Grill for 10 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink, turning the skewers once during cooking.

In the meantime, prepare the Taratur Sauce.

  1. Dice the cucumbers and try to absorb as much of the moisture as possible by drying off the cucumber pieces with a paper towel.
  2. Place cucumbers and minced garlic in a bowl.
  3. Sprinkle with salt and 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil; mix it all together.
  4. Stir in the yogurt and ground walnuts.
  5. Drizzle the remaining extra virgin olive oil on top, sprinkle with remaining ground walnuts and add the mint.
  6. Chill before serving it in an individual, cup-sized bowl OR drizzle some of it over the chicken skewers as I have done here.
  7. Add chopped fresh parsley.
  8. Serve.

Recipe Notes

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

WW SmartPoints: 8 

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Skewers with Cucumber-Garlic Yogurt Sauce {Taratur}
Amount Per Serving
Calories 290 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 26%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 49mg 16%
Sodium 346mg 14%
Potassium 606mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 7g
Protein 22g 44%
Vitamin A 1.2%
Vitamin C 7.4%
Calcium 18.8%
Iron 4.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.