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Old 12-01-2014, 09:03 PM   #1
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Chicken Kebabs

Chicken Kebabs

Been experimenting with different marinades to replicate the taste of the chicken meat found in kebab shops but with no luck. I have tried to use:

-low fat yogurt
-Malt vinegar
-crushed garlic
-black pepper
-salt
-curry powder
-allspice (used cinnamon/cloves/nutmeg powder)
-lemon juice

for marinating the chicken thighs overnight. But the taste is not right at all and the meat is still too tough.

I am thinking of using something fatty like mayonnaise (to make the meat smoother) instead of yogurt for my next attempt.

Does anyone of you know what they actually use to marinade the chicken in the shops in the UK?

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Old 12-02-2014, 06:41 AM   #2
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What kebab shops are you talking about? I mean ethnically ?


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Old 12-02-2014, 08:38 AM   #3
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Cumin!

No mayo. Use olive oil. Use lemon juice and not vinegar.

Try a mixture of greek yogurt, lemon juice, cumin, garlic, cayenne pepper, salt, black pepper.

Make sure you use enough salt or the chicken might taste bland.

Other ingredients might include coriander, tumeric, cinnamon, chili powder.

Allspice is a berry, not a spice mixture by the way.

Acidic marinades can toughen protein, so make sure you don't overdo the acid.
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Old 12-02-2014, 09:53 AM   #4
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Old 12-02-2014, 11:44 AM   #5
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I've made this recipe before and highly recommend it. These kebabs are delicious!

Yogurt-Marinated Chicken Kebabs with Aleppo Pepper Recipe | Epicurious.com

For me, I think the Aleppo pepper is the key. Well, that and the garlic.
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Old 12-02-2014, 05:51 PM   #6
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Turkish kebabs are usually made from beef or lamb, not sure about chicken. But sumac is also very common spice.
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Turkish kebabs are usually made from beef or lamb, not sure about chicken. But sumac is also very common spice.
I've eaten Chicken Kebabs in Turkey (which sounds like a strange joke). They call them Tawuk Sis, or similar. I don't remember the exact spelling.

You're right that sumac is a common spice. I've also had Turkish kebabs with a yogurt sauce, which I think is my favorite.
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Old 12-02-2014, 08:17 PM   #8
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Thanks everyone for the good advice. I can't wait to try this out this weekend! I now think I may have gone too acidic in my marinade in my first attempt
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I have also been suggested to bath the meat in a brine before actual marinating to add juiciness. It does seem to make sense
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Does marinading in yogurt do anything other than add flavor (not sure the kind of flavor to expect from it)?

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