Sri Lankan Curry Chicken Kebabs for Fiesta Friday #21
Almost a year ago I had a pot luck here at my house for a group of great cooks that I know from Food 52 and some from blogs I follow. One of the incredible cooks is Queen Sashy her blog is Three Little Halves, if you haven’t seen it you should take a look it’s incredible, the recipes, the photography the writing, no wonder it has been nominated and given awards, Just beautiful!! So she brought me a bottle of her own homemade spice blend, Sri Lankan Roasted Curry powder. It’s is fragrant and incredibly delicious. I put it in my spice cabinet and forgot about it, until today. I wanted to bring something to the party that is easy to eat, not messy, yet very tasty. so kebab is a great choice. I marinated chunks of chicken in greek yogurt, salt, pepper, the curry,garlic, ginger, lime juice and lime zest.
Back to the party, every Friday we all get together for a fabulous food fest the AHMAZING Angie @The Novice Gardener as always is our fearless and fierce leader. This weeks festivities are co hosted by Elaine@foodbod and Julianna@foodie on board. Both a lot of fun, accomplished cooks and I for one am very excited that they are hosting this week. If you want to join Fiesta Fridays don’t hesitate, do it, just click on the link in this paragraph for Angie the Novice Gardener.
Sri Lankan Curry Chicken Kebabs
1 1/2 lb chicken cut into bite size pieces
1 cup greek yogurt unflavored
juice of 1 lime
zest of 1/2 lime
2 heaping tsp Sri Lankan roasted curry powder or your favorite curry
1 clove garlic minced
1 tsp fresh ginger grated
salt and pepper to taste
Combine everything but the chicken in a bowl, add the chicken and toss to make sure each piece is coated. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight.
When ready to cook, skewer pieces of chicken scraping most of the yogurt marinade off, you can grill on the stovetop or outside on your grill. I found it took approximately 10 minutes for them to cook through I turned to make sure all sides were evenly browned. Sprinkle with sumac before serving if you like and have on hand, also a squeeze of fresh lime is delicious.
You can eat this with rice, on it’s own with salad or on flat bread with yogurt and mint.
Those are bound to be incredibly succulent and tasty! Love meat cooked in yoghurt. As for the spices, do you happen to know the ratios of the ingredients for the curry powder? I’ll Google in the meantime. Really don’t know much about Sri Lankan cuisine. Even though a friend was from there. Tuh, I guess her family had too many staff to bother cooking!
They are wonderful, me too, love yogurt marinade. I will ask her what the ratio’s are of the spices. You can see what is in it from my photo and she is a scientist so I imagine she put the spices in descending order.I know next to nothing about Sri Lankan cuisine but it intrigues me. Thanks Johnny.
Suzanne, it’s so kind of you to mention my spice mixing and the blog in your post. I would be happy to email you the mixture so that you can pass it to Johnny. And for the folks who are not keen on mixing spices themselves, Sri Lankan roasted curry powder is also available in Sri Lankan stores in Staten Island and online on lankandelight.com
Oh yes please send the ratio of spices in your blend. Would love that. The blend is wonderful, so well balanced and delicious. I love it! Thank you so much.
I love yoghurt marinade and these kebabs look terrific Suzanne! You are so lucky about the curry and knowing Queen Sashy, what a great treat!
Thanks Viviana, yes love yogurt marinade my favorite is lamb. Sashy is amazing. So talented, I love her blog.
I have just come in from a long late evening walk and these look so very tempting: I would love to eat one of them. Right now!
Thank you so much, I wish I lived close to give you one.
Would love to taste this! Sounds delicious!
Super simple Lori, use any curry powder. They are great on the grill!
Succulent Kebabs wrapped in flat bread with yogurt. Can’t be better than this. What makes Sri Lankan different from the Indian, I wonder…???
I wish I knew the difference. It does taste different to me than some of the Indian curry powders I have had. Not sure if it’s because it’s Sri Lankan or just that Sashy is so adept at blending her spices. Thanks so much Fae!
Kebabs are always good and your kebab looks very tasty 🙂
Thanks so much I love Kebabs!
These look fantastic, Suzanne, and the Sri Lankan curry has got me interested! These chicken kebabs look like a delicious pairing for that flatbread.
The kebab are really nice with the flat bread. Some greens, or cucumber,lemon, yogurt with mint. Pretty yummy, thanks so much.
I remember your post from that potluck! Am so glad to be following you still a year later. So many good eats your way 🙂 These look delish and I imagine they’d be followed nicely by your chai honey (slightly) pecan-deficient ice cream 😉
Oh yes wish I had some left, that ice cream was gone in a flash. Thanks so much Liz! It’s been a while I think.
Hi Suzanne, I love that pot of spice mix and I’m very jealous of your get together! How wonderful 🙂 the kebabs look great, they’d be a big hit in my house with my boys! Enjoy the party, great to see you xxx
Thanks so much Elaine, it’s a really wonderful spice mix. So good on the chicken. Thanks for hosting this week, it’s going to be a great party!
A pleasure, always xx
Queen Sashy came to your potluck? Wow!! And you’ve made chicken kebabs with her spice mix, double wow. Three Little Halves is a beautiful blog, how does she compose those photos? Just reading the spice blend on the label makes me want to grab the mortar and pestle and make my own blend. Sri Lanka is on the list of countries I really, really want to visit, if only for the food.
Gorgeous dish for Fiesta Friday! 🙂
Yes she did, she lives in Manhattan, honestly she is a true artist, she is a Scientist and you can see how meticulous she is in her photo’s and her dishes. She is as nice as can be and truly amazing. The spice blend is perfectly balanced not too much of any spice. It’s brilliant. Thanks so much.
Oh these sound super yummy! Thank you for another fantastic recipe 🙂
Thank you so much!
Yummy! Love everything cooked in yogurt 🙂
Me too thanks so much!
Kebab… yeah…. cool …
Thanks so much Mr. Fitz!
That curry powder sounds sooo good Suzanne! I’d wasn’t to put it on everything! I make a zucchini curry flavored spread that this would taste fabulous in. I love all the ingredient flavors you used.
Thanks Brandi, it really is a great blend of spices, perfectly balanced Delicious sounding in the zucchini curry!
Hmm, a different take on chicken kebabs. I love the curry. Lovely recipe, Suzanne. 🙂
I love curry, all different kinds and thought it would be a nice flavor for the chicken. Thanks so much Jhuls!!
What a nice and versatile gift! And, your kebabs look delicious. Hope you get some time to enjoy the first day of summer today! 🙂
Thats right Kaila I totally forgot today is the first day of summer. Happy summer to you and thank you so much.
I love yogurt marinade, it makes meat so tender and juicy! These chicken kebabs looks really good!!!
I do too, love a yogurt marinade. Thanks so much the yogurt with the spices and aromatics was great. Thank you so much.
My sister-in-law frequently marinates chicken in yogurt and it is always so lovely. She swears that even if you overcook it, the meat just won’t dry out. I also love playing with spice mixes, whether gifted or created by myself. Last week’s dinner of CSA veggies was a blend of crumbled sausage, snap peas, carrots and scallions with preserved black lemon spice, turmeric and soy sauce. Not really sure how it worked, but it did. This recipe is beautiful and looks delicious, Suzanne. And kabobs is exactly what you need on a warm summer night.
Oh I hope you post that vegetable and sausage recipe it really sounds great to me. Thanks so much Melissa, missed seeing you around the blogosphere!
Anything marinated in yogurt comes out so, so tender! These look wonderful!
It’s true Susan, I love lamb marinated in yogurt. So tender and delicious. Thanks so much.
Kababs are great to parties!! Thank you so much for this awesome treat..
Thank you, they are really good, portable, not messy and no fork and knife necessary. Thank you so much.
Yeah.. Thats so much true!! Really easy to eat without messing up..
Ummm… lime and yogurt — two of my favorite ingredients for something like that. 🙂
Thanks Teagan, yes it makes a great marinade. The chicken was so tasty.
Oh, how yummy those look Suzanne. My tummy is grumbling… 🙂
Thanks so much Lidia!
Yogurt just cuts into the meat and makes it succulent and tender. This looks awesome.
Thank you, yes it certainly does. Yogurt adds a tangy flavor, tenderizes and gives it a distinct flavor.
These look so delicious. I am such a big fan of kebabs and these have so much flavor! Yum.
Thanks Amanda, me too, it’s great for picnics and parties. Great summer food!
What a great treasure to find again in your cupboard! Your kebabs look fantastic…perfect for a party!
I know, it had been over a year and I forgot I had it in there. So many spices I lose track. Thanks so much Laila!
Kebab looks like a perfection to me!
Thanks so much would be interested a wine pairing with this flavor profile.
Look fantastic, Suzanne! Definitely with flat bread and yogurt. What’s not to love?
Thanks do much Francesca!
I am a curry lover! Your chicken looks amazing, and I love anything in flatbread. That’s what I call total comfort food.
Me too, love curry and I’m with you on flatbread, it’s my favorite. Thanks so much,
Suzanne– thanks for another interesting recipe! I’ve never marinated in yogurt– so this would b great to try when we are grilling now that it’s summer. I’ll let you know…
Thanks Rhonda, yes marinating in yogurt is fantastic, chicken is good, but lamb is the best. Lots of garlic and herbs. Delicious!
Oh man that looks good – a perfect summer meal. Love the yogurt marinade too – goes so well with lamb. You are using my favourite spices so I know it has to taste amazing.
I love curry and marinating in yogurt so this was really nice. Thanks so much Cindy!
Sounds so delicious Suzanne! I think our whole family would enjoy nibbling on these kebabs!
We enjoyed them, kebab are such a great way to eat whether meat or veggies, bite size, not messy. Love them. Thanks so much Margot!
These kebabs look amazing!
Thanks so much Jess!
Agh, I wanna go to a potluck at your house!!!
Open invitation Patty, if you are ever in NY let me know we’ll throw one in your honor!
Wait, you’re in NY?? I’ll be there for a day or so in August! We’re going to a conference in DC and stopping to visit my brother!
Yes, I’m in Brooklyn. Are you going to be in Manhattan? I have to meet you!
These kebabs look rather tasty!
There you are, haven’t seen you in a while. Welcome back and thank you.
Oh wow! I missed this one! This is fantastic and like Johnny, I would love to have the spice blend. Are you planning on posting it? What a fantastic post Suzanne! Now I have to go see your wonderful ice cream for dessert….
Thank you so much. I am going to email the recipe to you. I sent to Johnny. Don’t want to post with Sashy’s permission but she said I could share with those that want it.
Oh thank you so much! 🙂 Her blog is beautiful. I just subscribed…
Isn’t it gorgeous. I wish I had a thimble full of her talent. Amazing. I just emailed the recipe to you.
🙂 Thank you!
Gah, WP won’t let me reply to your last comment!! I think my brother lives in Brooklyn now! I’ll let you know when I’ll be there and we can at least try to fit in some time for coffee/tea!!
Really he lives in Brooklyn ? Where? Would love to have coffee or something when you come here,
He recently moved and I have no idea where! We’ll probably be in NY just for a day but I’ll shoot you an email with dates and my number when our travel plans are finalized! 😀
Yes let me know and if you have time we can meet.
Don’t worry, Suzanne. I’ll make time! 🙂
Looks great! I was raised on Sri Lankan food, need to perfect the chicken curry before I post it on my blog 🙂
Thank you so much, it is the spice blend that Sashy did that made it so good. She is really a master at blending and balancing spices.
Sri Lanka, one of the most beautiful lacrs in the worl, wonderful food and people….your spice blend brings onky wonderful memories !
Sri Lanka, one of the most beautiful places in the world, wonderful food and people….your spice blend brings only wonderful memories !
Thank you so much, I have never been but have always wanted to go. This spice blend is wonderful!!
I had some curry powder at home, given to me by a friend who visited Sri Lanka recently. I just made this exact recipe, including the yogurt mint dip. I hadn’t read your recipe and was just improvising. Imagine my surprise when I found the exact same recipe on google. You’re like my soul sister or something. Lovely recipe. Gonna make it again and again.
Thank you that’s an incredible
Coincidence and both to have been gifted Sri Lankan curry powder as well. My soul sister!!!