Grilled Moroccan Chicken Skewers with Tahini Sauce

When the sun is shining, there’s nothing better than a bit of al-fresco cooking and dining!  Who wants to sweat in a hot kitchen when you can be outdoors cooking in the fresh air?  With plenty of people heading off on their holidays at the moment I thought a recipe that could be cooked on a campfire or an outdoor grill or BBQ would be appropriate, especially seeing as that’s what we did last weekend!  And doesn’t everyone love camping and hiking out in the countryside!!  Simply Hike challenged me to create a recipe that cooked be cooked outdoors and these definitely fit the bill.  Easy to make and prepped in advance, these Moroccan Chicken Skewers with Tahini Sauce are a fun, tasty and easy dinner that the whole family will love.

To make the Moroccan Chicken Skewers, you start with the marinade.  In a bowl, mix together the cumin, paprika, ground coriander (cilantro), chilli flakes, and olive oil.  Crush the garlic cloves and finely chop the mint leaves and add to the marinade.  Season well with salt and pepper and make sure everything is thoroughly mixed.  Dice the chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces and spoon the marinade over them.  Mix well to ensure that each piece of chicken is fully coated in the marinade.

Leave to marinate in the fridge for as long as possible. Ideally a few hours (4-6) but if you’re pushed for time then as little as 30 mins will be OK.  Select the vegetables that you want to use on the skewers and chop into bite-sized pieces.  I used courgette (zucchini), peppers (red and yellow) and red onion.  I like the mix of flavours and colours but feel free to experiment with your favourite vegetables.  Aubergines (eggplant), mushrooms and cherry tomatoes all work well too!

If you’re going out for the day you can do the above steps in the morning so that most of the prep work is done for dinner!

Once the chicken has marinated you are ready to make the skewers.  Alternate threading a piece of chicken with one of the vegetable chunks onto the BBQ Skewers to ensure a nice mix of flavours.Moroccan Chicken Skewers with Tahini Sauce by Emma Eats & Explores - Grainfree, Glutenfree, Dairyfree, Sugarfree, Paleo, SCD, Low Carb

Then it’s time to cook the skewers.  Set up your BBQ, grill or campfire.  Safety first, make sure this is well away from your tent and living areas!  I used a fire pit similar to this one and it worked really well.  Just remember to let the flames die down before you start cooking on it.  Grill the skewers for about 8-10 mins, turning occasionally so that all sides are cooked.  When the chicken is cooked through then the skewers are ready.

While the Moroccan Chicken Skewers are cooking you can make this simple Tahini Sauce to accompany them.  Tahini is sesame seed butter and it’s absolutely delicious and goes so well with the Moroccan Spices.  It’s creamy (without having any dairy in it) and fresh and tangy all at the same time.  So easy to make, you just juice the lemon and crush the half garlic clove.  Add these to the tahini and mix well.  The tahini will thicken a lot but then you just add water, bit by bit to thin it out.  Once it is at a pourable consistency, season well with salt and pepper and then everything is ready.Moroccan Chicken Skewers with Tahini Sauce by Emma Eats & Explores - Grainfree, Glutenfree, Dairyfree, Sugarfree, Paleo, SCD, Low CarbServe the Moroccan Chicken Skewers drizzled with the Tahini Sauce, or in a pot on the side to dip into.  I also served them with some salad and some feta cheese and for the boys (who need their carbs) they stuffed the chicken, salad, feta and tahini sauce into Pita Breads!

A tasty meal that’s so easy to make and you can do all the prep before hand (my kind of food)!  There’s something about cooking over an open fire that makes food taste so much better.  The smokey, charred flavour and being outside in nature just makes for the ultimate dinner.  Thanks Simply Hike for reminding me that I need to get out in the countryside more often this summer.  I can’t wait!Moroccan Chicken Skewers with Tahini Sauce by Emma Eats & Explores - Grainfree, Glutenfree, Dairyfree, Sugarfree, Paleo, SCD, Low CarbIf you like making these Moroccan Chicken Skewers then try changing up the flavours and give my Lime and Garlic Salmon Skewers a go too!

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Grilled Moroccan Chicken Skewers with Tahini Sauce
Moroccan Chicken Skewers with Tahini Sauce by Emma Eats & Explores - Grainfree, Glutenfree, Dairyfree, Sugarfree, Paleo, SCD, Low Carb
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Passive Time 4 hrs
Servings
people
Ingredients
For the Marinade
For the Skewers
For the Tahini Sauce
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Passive Time 4 hrs
Servings
people
Ingredients
For the Marinade
For the Skewers
For the Tahini Sauce
Moroccan Chicken Skewers with Tahini Sauce by Emma Eats & Explores - Grainfree, Glutenfree, Dairyfree, Sugarfree, Paleo, SCD, Low Carb
Instructions
To Make the Marinade
  1. In a bowl, mix together the Cumin Powder, Paprika, Ground Coriander, Chilli Flakes and Olive Oil.
  2. Crush the garlic cloves and add to the Marinade.
  3. Finely chop the mint leaves and add to the Marinade.
  4. Season well with salt and pepper.
To Make the Skewers
  1. Dice the chicken breasts into bite sized pieces.
  2. Pour the marinade over the chicken and mix well so that each piece is fully coated.
  3. Leave to marinate in the fridge for as long as possible. Ideally a few hours but if you're pushed for time then as little as 30 mins will be OK.
  4. Chop the vegetables into bite sized prices.
  5. Thread the chicken and vegetables onto the skewers alternating between one piece of chicken and one vegetable to ensure a nice mix of flavours.
  6. Grill over a fire or on a BBQ for 8-10 mins turning occasionally to ensure all sides are cooked.
To Make the Tahini Sauce
  1. Juice the lemon and crush the half garlic clove.
  2. Add these to the tahini and stir well - the tahini will thicken considerably.
  3. Add the water, bit by bit, to thin the sauce until you reach a pourable consistency.
  4. Season well with salt and pepper.
  5. Serve the skewers drizzled with the sauce or in a pot to dip them in to!

Allergy & Dietary Information for Grilled Moroccan Chicken Skewers with Tahini Sauce

This recipe is Grain-Free, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free & Refined-Sugar Free.  It’s also suitable for Paleo, SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Diet) & Low Carb diets.

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24 Comments Add yours

  1. Lynn says:

    This look so good! I love throwing skewers on the grill for a quick and easy meal!

  2. Lisa says:

    These will be perfect to make and take camping with us this weekend. Thanks for the great recipe!

  3. katevanvleck says:

    Cant wait to try this! One of my favorite salad dressings is made with Tahini and I absolutely love the flavor!

  4. I love the idea of infusing Moroccan flavors into skewers!

  5. It is lunch time as I’m reading this….and winter in New Zealand. Now I am LONGING for summer time!

  6. Grilling is one of my favorite things to do during the summer and your kebabs look amazing!!

  7. Lauren says:

    Yummy!! This looks light and fresh. Perfect for summer. I love Tahini Sauce.

  8. Whitney S. says:

    This would be great to grill out one night with my husband, and have a date night in the backyard!

  9. This sounds so delicious, I can’t wait to try it!

  10. theeverydaygrace says:

    i LOVE skewers and this tahini sauce sounds amazing! Sounds like a perfect meal to grill this weekend! thanks!

  11. katieskottage says:

    This is something I will have to try! Just the pictures along make my mouth water.

  12. Oh yum! These look so good! My sister and I are doing kabobs for the fourth, can’t wait to try these!

  13. Love how you are so detailed especially the images. This recipe >> YUMMY

  14. Sharon Matthews says:

    These look lovely. Unfortunately I can’t print the recipe, it tells me the page can’t be found. I’ll have to “pin it” instead!

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      oooh thanks for letting me know – i’ll have to look into that!

  15. These look so amazing and so simple! Will have to try these soon:)

  16. Jordan says:

    YUM! I love grilling year round, but especially in the summer. I haven’t had any kind of kabob in forever. Sounds great!

  17. Jen Enoch says:

    What a great idea that you used mint in here! the mint and coriander are perfect for Moroccan cuisine. I agree leave that chicken in the marinade as long as you can & pack it full flavor! Great recipe, and all make ahead!

  18. Shawna says:

    This looks so very yummy. I love the combo of foods you have here. I may need to try this one.

  19. brahamjade says:

    I love your blog posts and recipes, they always sound so delicious and also fresh and clean! I don’t have a lot of time to cook myself – I wish I did!

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