Persian Chicken Kabobs

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Although I generally try to stay away from take-out for both my waistline and wallet, one of my favorite take-out options is a delicious Persian restaurant near my house. Between the amazing kabobs, garlicky hummus, and crunchy cucumber and tomato salad – I am always a happy girl. However I suspect that although it is definitely a healthier take-out choice, it is probably pretty high in calories and fat due to the sheer amount of oil they use.

Inspired by that, I set out to create my own kabobs at home using chicken breast, yogurt, parsley, fresh lemon, and lots of spices. Yogurt is one of my favorite things to use to marinate chicken since it’s lower calorie than oil and almost guarantees a moist chicken breast. While I opted to just use chicken in this recipe, you could definitely add some veggies to your kabobs. Red onion, peppers, tomatoes, and zucchini would be delicious.

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Persian Chicken Kabobs

Persian Chicken Kabobs

PREP TIME: 4 Hours, 10 Min
TOTAL TIME: 4 Hours, 25 Min
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  • 1.33 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 1 cup nonfat plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup parsley
  • 4 U garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 U lemon, juice and zest
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. coriander

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Combine the yogurt, parsley, garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, cumin, onion powder, black pepper, salt, paprika, and coriander. Marinate the chicken in this mixture for at least 4 hours or overnight.


When ready to cook, remove the chicken from the marinade, letting excess drip off. Thread onto skewers. These can also be cooked without the skewers. If making skewers,consider adding some of your favorite veggies.


To grill: Place on a medium hot grill for 10-15 minutes, turning once, or until chicken is fully cooked.


To broil: Place on a foil lined baking sheet. Broil for 10-12 minutes, turning 1-2 times, or until chicken is cooked through.

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Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 6 oz
Amount Per Serving
Calories 202
Calories from Fat 16
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g
Saturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 75mg
Sodium 697mg
Total Carbohydrate 9g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 5g
Protein 36g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

† SmartPoints™ calculated by Slender Kitchen; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.
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Leslee Eicher
August 4, 2018 - 09:41
Hi! I’m planning to make this recipe this week and wondered what the side-dish is that you show in the picture. It all looks delicious! Thanks, LesLee
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August 7, 2018 - 09:44
I think it is this curried chickpea and course - :)
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Anna Meyerson
February 7, 2017 - 16:38
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This was delicious. I prepared as specified (although used dried parsley cause that's all i had - I used about 1/2 recommended amount). I marinated overnight, placed in a wire grill basket and grilled about 15 minutes. My 3 young kids asked for seconds.
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December 14, 2015 - 10:20
Glad to hear you enjoyed the flavors! For baking I would recommend 20-25 minutes at 425, flipping after the first 10 minutes. Let me know how it turns out!
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