Chicken Kebab with Carrot-Raisin Salad and Greek Yogurt Sauce (Tzatziki)

[Photograph: Suzanne Lehrer]

Making extra is encouraged—the tzatziki doubles as a great marinade for chicken (the yogurt tenderizes the meat), and the carrot salad is equally good tucked into sandwiches.

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Chicken Kebab with Carrot-Raisin Salad and Greek Yogurt Sauce (Tzatziki)

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About This Recipe

Yield:serves 1
Active time:30 minutes
Total time:8 hours 30 minutes (includes overnight refrigeration)
Special equipment:wooden skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes, or metal skewers
This recipe appears in: Lunch Box: Chicken Kebab with Carrot-Raisin Salad and Greek Yogurt Sauce (Tzatziki)

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons raisins
  • 2 medium carrots, shredded on the large holes of a box grater (about 1 1/4 cups shredded carrot)
  • 3 teaspoons orange juice, plus 2 tablespoons grated zest from 1 orange
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 small cucumber, seeded, grated on the large holes of a box grater
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano or marjoram, optional
  • 1/2 medium clove garlic, finely minced (about 1/2 teaspoon)
  • 1 boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch cubes, about 8 ounces
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil, to brush grill pan
  • Pita bread, cut into wedges

Procedures

  1. 1

    Combine raisins and carrots in a small bowl. Whisk together orange juice, zest, and vinegar in a separate bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Pour dressing over raisins and carrots, gently mix together, then cover with plastic and refrigerate overnight.

  2. 2

    Place cucumbers into a fine mesh sieve set over a bowl. Sprinkle with salt, and let sit to drain for 10 minutes. Whisk together yogurt, lemon juice, dill, oregano and garlic in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Discard cucumber liquid, and squeeze cucumbers in a paper towel to wring out any remaining liquid. Whisk cucumbers into the sauce, then cover with plastic and refrigerate overnight.

  3. 3

    Preheat a grill pan to high heat. Skewer chicken, 4 to 5 pieces per skewer, and sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Lightly brush pan with oil. Grill skewers, rotating to cook evenly on all sides, until chicken is cooked through, about 12 minutes total. Let cool, refrigerate, and then pack in a plastic container with carrot salad, tzatziki, and pita wedges.

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