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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.
Servings : 6 servings
Prep Time 2 hrs 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 35 mins


  • 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
  • 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)


  • 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.


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


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