Coriander Chicken Kebabs with Lemon Cilantro Yogurt Sauce


Why I don’t eat Indian food more often, I cannot tell you. With the first bite every time I eat it, I think to myself this is some seriously incredible flavor. The fragrant blend of spices and herbs and the creamy sauces that often accompany it, they are simply mouthwatering.

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So my husband still orders the newspaper. Yes, he’s 28 years old, but sometimes I wonder if he grew up in a different era =). He says he has always read it every morning since he was a kid. I don’t like the newspaper. They could seriously find some more positive things to talk about if you ask me.

Why is the media so hooked on the negative? The only time I like to pick up the newspaper is when I see something food related, like the Relish magazine that comes on occasion with the Sunday paper. This past Sunday they had a similar version of this which inspired me to make this recipe. I’m in love with these chicken kebabs.

And the lemon cilantro yogurt dipping sauce is the perfect, tangy blend to coat this savory chicken.

You can omit the cream if you want to keep this recipe lighter, it is optional but I love it in Indian food. I also wanted some light form of sweetness to balance out the acidity of the lemon and tang of the yogurt and the sweetness of the cream did just the trick. Enjoy!

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Coriander Chicken Kebabs

Deliciously spiced Moroccan style chicken kebabs that are marinated and perfectly grilled then served with a delicious herbed yogurt sauce for dipping.

Servings: 4
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 cloves garlic , finely minced
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (or less if you don't like heat)
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast , cut into 1-inch pieces

Cilantro Yogurt Sauce

  • 1/2 cup fat-free plain greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp cream (optional)
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 garlic clove , finely minced
  • 1 fair pinch dried ginger
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper , to taste


  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, 1/2 tsp lemon zest, 2 cloves garlic, coriander, cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, salt and pepper. Place chicken pieces in a large resealable bag and pour marinade over chicken. Seal bag and press chicken into marinade. Allow to rest at room temperature for 30 minutes. Thread chicken onto skewers (if using wooden skewers soak in warm water for 5 minutes). Preheat a grill over medium-high heat. Brush grill lightly with oil and grill chicken, rotating once halfway through grilling, until cooked through, about 9 minutes. Serve warm with Lemon Cilantro Yogurt Sauce.
  2. For Lemon Cilantro Yogurt Sauce:
  3. Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator.
  4. Recipe Source: inspired by this recipe from Relish
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: moroccan
Keyword: Chicken Kebabs, Kebabs
Author: Jaclyn


  • Harwinder: So, I’ve been looking through your blog for the past hour and a half and I just have to say that these recipes look amazing. Every single thing I clicked I bookmarked. Just wanted to say that your passion for food is amazing and has definitely inspired me to cook! Thank you ???? P.s awesome photography! Can’t wait to cook and try everything out ???? November 28, 2016 at 8:25am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thank you so much! November 28, 2016 at 11:59am Reply

  • felicia | Dish by Dish: Hi Jaclyn!

    These kebabs look so good! Love the sauce that goes with it!

    I’d love to include your coriander chicken kebabs in a chicken roundup I’m doing for Parade Magazine.

    If that’s fine with you, could I use one of your lovely photos with a link back to this original post (

    Let me know,
    thanks so much! October 23, 2015 at 9:44am Reply

    • Jaclyn: That would be great, thanks! October 23, 2015 at 9:52am Reply

  • Leah: Could I substitute the greek yogurt with a lactose free substitute like goat yogurt? March 28, 2014 at 9:40am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I think that should work fine. I hope you love these! March 28, 2014 at 10:30am Reply

  • Dolli: So good! My only regret is that I didn’t make more. Thanks for sharing! October 6, 2013 at 5:59pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re welcome Dolli! I’m so glad you liked these! October 8, 2013 at 7:28am Reply

  • Chicken Kabobs with Yogurt Sauce | Friends Make Food: […] made these coriander chicken kabobs with yogurt sauce, except I just used cilantro instead of coriander and I added bell peppers and onions. I also […] May 6, 2013 at 2:02pm Reply

  • christie: I prepared all of this and realized our grill was out of propane. Have you ever marinaded over night and cooked the next day? May 2, 2013 at 5:30pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You should be fine to do that. I hate when I run out of propane! I may have to buy a back up tank because it always happens to me at the worst time, like when I’m feeding other people. Someone else mentioned they cooked these in the oven if you want to try that. May 2, 2013 at 8:20pm Reply

  • Rochelle: My husband and I LOVE Indian food so we though we’d give this a try. We loved this recipe so much it is now going to be making it onto our menu at least twice a month! April 30, 2013 at 8:38am Reply

    • Jaclyn: That’s just what I love to hear Rochelle :), thanks so much for your comment! So glad you enjoyed it! April 30, 2013 at 7:47pm Reply

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