Spiced chicken skewers with apple & pea chutney

Spiced chicken skewers with apple & pea chutney
  • Serves icon Serves 2
  • Time icon Hands-on time 25-30 min, grilling time 22-25 min

Dr Rupy Aujla combines plenty of spices and vegetables in this colourful chicken dish to prove that eating healthily is as much about taste as it is nutrition. The apple and pea chutney is sweet and tangy – the perfect condiment for dolloping over the spicy skewers.

Nutrition: per serving

Calories
320kcals
Fat
9g (3.7g saturated)
Protein
38.3g
Carbohydrates
18.3g (13.5g sugars)
Fibre
6.2g
Salt
0.4g
Calories
320kcals
Fat
9g (3.7g saturated)
Protein
38.3g
Carbohydrates
18.3g (13.5g sugars)
Fibre
6.2g
Salt
0.4g

Ingredients

  • 300g boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 4cm cubes
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 5cm piece fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 green cardamom pods, seeds removed and crushed
  • 100g spinach, finely chopped
  • 25g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Small bunch fresh coriander, leaves and stalks finely chopped
  • Brown rice to serve (optional)

For the marinade

  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 4cm piece fresh ginger
  • 1 green chilli, deseeded
  • 25g greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp each ground cumin, ground fennel and ground cinnamon

For the apple and pea chutney 

  • 1 apple, cored and roughly chopped
  • Small bunch fresh coriander
  • Grated zest and juice 1 lime
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded
  • 75g peas, fresh or defrosted if frozen

You’ll also need…

  • 4 wooden skewers, soaked, or metal skewers

Method

  1. For the marinade, blend the garlic, ginger and chilli in a blender or food processor until finely chopped. Transfer to a bowl, add the yogurt, ground cumin, fennel and cinnamon, then season well and mix. Add → the chicken cubes and stir to coat them in the marinade. Leave for at least 20 minutes (ideally overnight).
  2. Heat the grill to medium. Push the marinated chicken pieces onto the skewers and put them on a wire rack under the grill for 22-25 minutes until lightly charred, turning them carefully halfway through to ensure they cook evenly.
  3. While the chicken skewers are cooking, melt the coconut oil in a saucepan over a medium heat, add the onion, ginger and crushed cardamom and cook for 1-2 minutes until softening. Stir in the spinach, tomatoes and coriander, cover with a lid, then remove from the heat.
  4. For the apple and pea chutney, whizz the apple, coriander, lime zest and juice, red chilli and peas in a blender or food processor until roughly blended. Add a splash of water to loosen if needed.
  5. Serve the chicken skewers with the spinach and tomatoes, chutney and some brown rice, if you like.

delicious. tips

  1. Cherry tomatoes aren’t in season until the end of May, so you could swap them for semi-dried tomatoes or roasted red peppers from a jar.

  2. You can marinate the chicken a day ahead and keep covered in the fridge. Make the chutney up to 2 days in advance and keep in an airtight container in the fridge.

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