Our chicken recipe today brings you delicious skewers with a minty twist. We also introduce a rare spice, the magical Sumac, to amp up the taste. If you thought chicken dishes are a preserve for luncheons and dinners, we’re introducing a game changer that can double up as the perfect family snack.
This sumac-mint flavor combo is a delicious way to impress your loved ones with quick, grab-me bites. Ready to indulge? Let’s get grilling.
A Little About The Magical Sumac Spice
Sumac (Rhus coriaria L.), a spice with ancient roots, is derived from the berries of the sumac plant (Rhus spp.), commonly found in the Middle East and Mediterranean regions. Historically, it was used as a tart, lemony seasoning in cuisines, replacing vinegar in some dishes.
In modern times, sumac is a versatile spice, adding tangy notes to salads, meats, and dips. Health-wise, sumac is rich in antioxidants, which protect against cell damage.
Studies also suggest sumac contains high amounts of vitamin C, which supports skin health and wound healing and strengthens the immune system.
How to Grill Sumac Spiced Chicken Skewers With Mint Flavor
Let’s start with everything you’ll need:
1 pound (about 454g) boneless, skinless organic chicken breast
1/4 cup (60g) plain yogurt
2 tablespoons (30ml) olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon ground sumac
1 teaspoon dried mint
Salt and pepper to taste
Wooden skewers soaked in water
Steps to Prepare Minty Sumac Spiced Chicken Skewers
Now, let’s go over each step to complete the recipe.
1: Prepare the Marinade
Get a bowl and throw in the plain yogurt, olive oil, minced garlic, ground sumac, dried mint, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Give it a good mix until it’s all friendly and combined.
2: Cut and Marinate the Chicken:
- Chop that chicken breast into bite-sized nuggets. We want them to be happy bite-sized nuggets.
- Now, toss those chicken pieces into the marinade you’ve just made. Make sure they get cozy in there.
- Slap a lid on that bowl and let it chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, but 2 hours would be even better. That’s when the flavor magic happens.
3: Skewer the Chicken
- While your chicken is getting marinated, fire up the grill to medium-high heat.
- Take those soaked wooden skewers and thread the marinated chicken pieces onto them, giving a little space between each piece. We’re making flavor kebabs here!
4: Grill the Skewers
- Grease your grill grates a bit to keep things from sticking.
- Grill those chicken skewers for around 5-7 minutes per side. You’re looking for that perfect grill mark and juicy, cooked-through chicken. Cooking times can vary, so keep an eye out.
5:Serve and Enjoy
- Take the skewers off the grill and let them rest for a minute. They’ve been working hard, after all.
- Serve these sumac-infused chicken skewers hot with a sumac-infused tahini dip (just mix tahini with a sprinkle of sumac) and fresh pita bread.
If you need inspiration on what else to serve and enjoy with your sumac-infused chicken skewers, we might have some ideas.
What to Eat With Your Mint-Flavoured Sumac Chicken Skewers
Here are a few pairing suggestions for serving your herbed chicken skewers.
A simple salad of chopped cucumbers, tomatoes, and red onions dressed with olive oil and lemon juice pairs beautifully.
Enjoy with fragrant rice pilaf or couscous.
Zucchini, bell peppers, and eggplant make excellent companions on your plate.
Why Add Sumac to Your Chicken Skewers?
Sumac is a quirky spice derived from sumac plant berries, known for its tangy, lemony flavor. It’s more like a lemon’s distant cousin and adds a zesty, citrusy vibe to your dishes, making it a true flavor enhancer.
On nutritional value, it’s low-calorie and best used in small amounts, so it won’t mess up your diet. Plus, it packs a punch of antioxidants, like flavonoids and polyphenols, which makes it a healthy addition to your diet. If you’re still curious how you’ll benefit, here are a few tips you’ll find encouraging.
- A natural antioxidant: Sumac is stacked with antioxidants that help protect your cells from harm, lowering the risk of nasty ailments like heart disease and cancer.
- Anti-inflammatory agent: Some studies hint that sumac can help fight inflammation, which is often linked to various health problems.
- Good for your gut: Sumac has been a digestive buddy for ages. Its mild acidity can soothe your stomach and make digestion easier.
- Vitamin C boost: It’s got a decent dose of vitamin C, that will definitely boost your immunity and keep your skin happy.
- Weight watchers friendly: Sumac’s tanginess means you can cut back on salt and unhealthy fats without sacrificing flavor, handy for those watching their weight.
- Blood sugar buddy: Some studies even suggest it might help manage blood sugar levels, which is great news for folks with diabetes or those at risk.
A Word On Grilling Sumac And Mint Spiced Chicken Skewers
Whipping up tasty sumac and mint spiced chicken skewers involves marinating, grilling, and serving with a delicious sumac-infused tahini dip or assorted accompaniments. Sumac adds a tangy kick, and mint pairs well. Enjoy it with salads, rice, or grilled veggies.
To ensure safety and zero allergic reaction to this magical herb, stick to culinary sumac, avoid wild types, and enjoy in moderation for a tasty and safe meal.