Turmeric Chicken Skewers Turmeric Chicken Skewers

Turmeric Chicken Skewers

I love these turmeric chicken skewers – it reminds me of wonderful meals eaten from tiny food-stalls on my travels around Asia. At home I use steel skewers, which aren’t as authentic as the wooden ones street-sellers use, but the end product is just as delicious – and easier to prepare. If you do use wooden skewers I recommend you soak them as the chicken marinades.


Serves: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 mins minutes
Dietary Info: Wheat Free, Gluten Free


  • 1 heaped teaspoon turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon chilli powder
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and mashed up
  • 50ml natural yoghurt
  • 1 large free-range chicken breast, skinned and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 metal skewers, at least 8 inches long


  • Turn your grill on full and heat a non-stick baking tray.
  • Make the marinade / dressing by mixing the turmeric, chilli powder, lemon juice, garlic and yoghurt in a large mixing bowl.
  • Coat the chicken in the marinade / dressing.
  • Put the chicken pieces onto the skewers and place on the non-stick baking tray (pour over remaining marinade) under the grill, discarding any excess marinade. Turn the skewers every 2 minutes or so, so that each exposed part of the chicken is properly cooked.

Jennifer’s Tip

This recipe is equally delicious with fish (particularly salmon) or peeled king prawns.

Pair With

Carb Sides: Algerian Rice; Bombay Potatoes;
Veg Sides: Sukuma Wiki; Roasted ratatouille; Balsamic Carrots

Recipe and photo from Jennifer Irvine’s The Balance Diet

Turmeric Chicken Skewers