Food / 17.12.2014

Saffron and lemon chicken joojeh kabab

By Healthy Magazine
Anti-inflammatory turmeric adds a punch of flavour and colour to this classic Middle Eastern dish


Serves 4

4 onions, cut in half and thinly sliced

Juice of 5 lemons

4 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp ground turmeric

400g Greek yoghurt, plus extra to serve

1 tsp crushed sea salt

Generous pinch of saffron threads

6 large chicken breasts, cut into chunks

Tortilla wraps or basmati rice, to serve

Salad, to serve


1 Put the onions, lemon juice, olive oil, turmeric, yoghurt and salt in a large bowl and mix well.

2 Using a pestle and mortar, grind the saffron. Add 3 tbsp boiling water and leave to infuse for 5-10 mins.

3 Add the chicken to the bowl and coat well in the yoghurt. Add the saffron water and mix well. Cover and leave in the fridge to marinate for at least 1 hour, or preferably overnight.

4 Preheat the grill to high. Remove the chicken from the marinade with a slotted spoon and lay on a lined baking sheet. Grill for 18-20 mins, until slightly charred around the edges. Serve with wraps or rice, salad and yoghurt.

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Saffron and lemon chicken joojeh kabab from Persiana by Sabrina Ghayour (Mitchell Beazley, £25; Photography by Liz and Max Haarala Hamilton.



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