Marinated chicken in spices and yogurt makes this regional Indian dish a stunner. Spicy Bihari Chicken Kebabs are perfect for summer grilling.
When the weather is nice and sunny, I love to grill. Kebabs, steaks, veggies…you name it, I want to grill it. One of my favorite things to grill are chicken kebabs. There’s so many ways to marinate chicken, or any type of meat, for that matter. Spicy Bihari Chicken Kebabs are one of the ways I like to add a bit of flavor to my chicken. Chicken breast marinated in yogurt and spices and cooked on a grill. What’s not to love? It’s also pretty healthy, too.
To be quite honest with you, I have no idea why the namesake of these kebabs belong to Bihar. Perhaps Biharis love kebabs, or maybe they just like meat on a stick. I think it has something to do with the history, and the introduction of kebabs by Turkish immigrants to Bihar, which in turn brought the kebab to Pakistan. Something like that. Whatever the reason, I am awfully thankful for these kebabs. They are super easy to marinate, and super easy to cook. They also don’t take long to cook at all. You can cook them on a grill, but you can just as easily make them in the oven under the broiler. Serve them with rice, stuff them in naan or roti, dip them in sauce. Eat them however you want to eat them.
- 2 lbs chicken breast, cut into bit sized pieces, or butterflied and pounded
- ¼ tsp turmeric
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 tbso coriander powder
- 2 tsp cumin powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tsp red chili powder
- ½ tsp star anise powder
- 2 tbsp crushed kasoori methi
- 1 tsp garam masala powder
- 1 onion diced, sauted to golden brown, then blended to make paste
- 2 tbsp oil
- ½-1 cup yogurt
- Lemon and chopped coriander for garnish
- In a container, add all the ingredients except the chicken.
- Stir well, then add chicken. Refrigerate and marinade for at least 4 hours. Preferably over night.
- Preheat oven to 350, or grill to medium.
- Slide chicken pieces onto skewers. Use a deep baking dish to keep the chicken from touching bottom of pan. You can use foil on the pan to keep cleanup simple.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes rotating once after ten minutes, or until juices run clear. If you want a grilled look, turn the oven up the last 5 minutes to broil. This will help the chicken to brown.
- If you cook on the grill, grill for 15 (7ish minutes on each side) or until juices run clear.
- Garnish with lemon wedges and chopped cilantro. .
Chutney to Serve with Bihari Chicken Kebabs