Chicken Skewers with Cucumber-Garlic Yogurt Sauce

Chicken Skewers with Cucumber-Garlic Yogurt Sauce

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, also known as Taratur. Get the recipe on diethood.com

 

 

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?



INGREDIENTS:



FOR THE CHICKEN SKEWERS:

4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon white vinegar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 garlic cloves, minced
¼ teaspoon dried thyme
¼ teaspoon Italian Seasoning
salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
wooden skewers

FOR THE TARATUR:

1 cucumber, finely diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
½ teaspoon salt
2 cups non-fat plain yogurt
½ 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)

 

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

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

 

FOR THE CHICKEN SKEWERS:
  • Step 1

Cut chicken lengthwise into 12 to 16 strips. Place chicken in a resealable bag and set aside.

  • Step 2

In a mixing bowl, combine olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, thyme, Italian Seasoning, salt and pepper; whisk until well incorporated.

  • Step 3

Pour the marinade over chicken and seal the bag. Refrigerate for 2 hours, or overnight. Remove chicken from bag and discard marinade.

  • Step 4

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.

  • Step 5

Grill for 10 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink, turning the skewers once during cooking.

In the meantime, prepare the Taratur Sauce.

  • Step 6

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.

  • Step 7

Sprinkle with salt and 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil; mix it all together. Stir in the yogurt and ground walnuts.

  • Step 8

Drizzle the remaining extra virgin olive oil on top, sprinkle with remaining ground walnuts and add the mint.

  • Step 9

Chill before serving it in an individual, cup-sized bowl OR drizzle some of it over the chicken skewers as I have done here.

  • Step 10

Add chopped fresh parsley and Serve.

 

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

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