Greek style chicken skewers and hummus is the perfect meal to feed a crowd. A quick marinade for the chicken infuses flavors of lemon, herbs, and garlic for a delicious and healthy dish! An easy homemade hummus is a perfect dip for the chicken skewers.
If you’re looking for a healthy meal solution that is packed with simple and fresh ingredients, Greek food is a winner! This recipe takes wholesome ingredients and using a marinating technique, infuses extra flavors to each bite of the chicken skewers.
Serving the chicken with a flavorful hummus dip will make the dish even more irresistible! For a light and quick meal, Greek style chicken skewers, and homemade hummus will be your new go-to recipe to add into your weekly meal rotation.
Whether you’re a meal prep pro or a connoisseur of 30-minute recipes, these chicken skewers will satisfy your need for a nearly effortless and tasty dinner. The great thing about this dish is you can marinate the chicken for a short period, or overnight so you can just grab and cook when you get home. These chicken skewers can be grilled or broiled, or you can marinate the whole breasts and saute, or bake them. Yup, no excuses!
Who knew chickpeas, aka. Garbanzo beans could be so delicious and healthy! If you are looking to incorporate nutrient-rich foods into your diet, here are a few reasons why you should add chickpeas to your meals.
Health Benefits of Chickpeas
- One cup of cooked chickpeas contains 15 grams of protein and 13 grams of dietary fiber; a great vegan and gluten-free source of protein and fiber. Since it lacks the essential amino acid methionine, try to incorporate some whole grains like brown rice to obtain a complete protein profile.
- Chickpeas are also notable for their levels of iron, vitamin B-6, and magnesium.
- The high fiber content provides digestive health benefits for regularity, where the chickpeas contain a majority of insoluble fiber and act as a bulking agent. These nutrients can help increase satiety and reduce appetite, which may provide weight management benefits.
Make sure to introduce high fiber foods like chickpeas into your diet slowly. Legumes contain oligosaccharides known as galactan, complex sugars that the body cannot digest. Some people may experience discomfort for consuming high amounts of beans due to the lack of the enzyme alpha-galactosidase to help break down the food. Give it a try as the nutritional benefits are incredible, and adjust as needed.
There are many ways to incorporate chickpeas creatively into your diet. I love transforming them into crispy roasted chickpeas for protein and fiber packed snack or topping on a salad. They can also be added to any soup, stew, curry, fritter, or even as a flour for baked goods.
It’s hummus making time! I like to add a generous amount of lemon juice to keep it bright and fresh with the creamy chickpeas and toasted sesame paste called tahini . It only takes a few seconds in a blender to transform into a creamy homemade hummus. The dipping sauce compliments the Greek-style chicken skewers perfectly!
To make a complete family style meal, throw some fresh vegetables on the grill or saute some for healthy vegetable sides. I sliced zucchini, onion, and tomatoes for the chicken skewer platter.
Time to grab and dip! The marinated chicken is incredibly tender, and the hummus is so smooth and creamy, together they are sublime. This Greek inspired platter has just the right balance of healthy offerings; a savory herbed chicken, creamy hummus, and fresh garden vegetables. If you are looking for something light, easy to prepare, and want some island comfort food, give these recipes a try!
What other Greek side dishes do you like to add to your meal? I would love to hear in the comments section. Happy eating!
Why should you marinate chicken before cooking?
Marinating = more flavor! When you marinate the chicken, the surface of the protein benefits the most from this process. The garlic, dried spices, and oils from the rosemary get dispersed in the olive oil which helps the fat-soluble flavor compounds spread out and stick to the surface of the chicken. The acid in the lemon juice aids in slightly tenderizing the meat. Don’t marinate the chicken too long, or the texture can be negatively altered and become mushy. I recommend one day max for this marinade. The water soluble ingredients like the salt gently infuse into the meat, making it even tastier!
- 1 1/2 pounds chicken breast
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoons black pepper , freshly ground
- 4 cloves garlic , roughly chopped
- 4 sprigs rosemary
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice , plus zest of one lemon
- 2 cups chickpeas , canned, drained and rinsed (garbanzo beans)
- 1/3 cup tahini , roasted sesame paste
- 1/4 cup lemon juice , plus zest of one lemon
- 2 cloves garlic , crushed
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 cups olive oil
- 1/4 cup water , gradually added as needed
If using wooden skewers, soak in water for at least 15 minutes before cooking.
Slice each chicken breast into ¾-inch thick strips; I slice them with the grain, so it yields a longer piece. You should be able to get about four to fives pieces per breast.
Marinate the chicken breast in a resealable plastic bag with cumin, paprika, salt, pepper, garlic, rosemary, olive oil and lemon juice. Mix and coat to combine. Let the chicken marinate at least for 20 minutes. Add chicken to skewers when ready to cook.
Heat grill to medium heat. Add a small amount of vegetable oil on a folded piece of paper towel, and then carefully grease the grill with the oil. Once the grill is nice and hot, add the marinated chicken skewers. Cook chicken on each side until no longer pink (160-165°F), about 4-6 minutes on each side, depending on the thickness of the chicken. To cook in the broiler, place the chicken skewers on a sheet tray lined with foil. Cover exposed skewers with foil so it does not burn. Cook the chicken for about 4 to 5 minutes on each side, the closer to the broiler source, the more browning you will achieve on the chicken, however, keep a close eye on the chicken because it cooks very quickly.
Combine garbanzo beans, tahini, 1/2 cup of the lemon juice, garlic and salt. Puree until smooth. Add olive oil and puree; if the consistency is too thick add water, 1 tablespoon at a time until desired thickness is reached. Taste and season with salt if needed. I like to add a drizzle of olive oil and paprika on top just before serving with chicken skewers. Enjoy!