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Grilled Curry Chicken Skewers with Yogurt Mint Sauce

Aug 24, 2021 | Recipes | 0 comments

Grilled Curry Chicken Skewers

These Grilled Curry Chicken Skewers with Yogurt Mint Sauce are the perfect summer meal! Simple, family-friendly and full of so much flavor.

We're big fans of the grill in my house and I love including creative recipes for the grill in our weekly meal prep meal plans.

Don't get me wrong, I love a good burger, but I feel like the grill is too often relegated to just burgers and hot dogs when it's really an excellent cooking method for so much more!

From grilled fruit to grilled rosemary pork chops to my new favorite, these grilled curry chicken skewers, the grill is the perfect tool. Not only does it impart a ton of flavor with very little effort, it also allows you to cook up a variety of proteins and sides without heating up your house.

These curry chicken skewers benefit from the smoky flavor of the grill but, I have to say, the yogurt mint sauce is what really makes this dish. Something about the hot curry-spiced chicken combined with the cooling herby sauce is just everything I could want in a summer meal.

Bonus – if you have toddlers like I do, you know they love to dip! And this sauce is a super healthy one, packed with protein and nutrients, that you can feel great about serving.

This sauce is also delicious as a spread for wraps or dip for veggies so feel free to double up and make extra.

I hope you love this recipe as much as my family does!

Grilled Curry Chicken Skewers

Ingredients

For the Curry Chicken Skewers:

  • wooden or metal skewers
  • 1 1/2 # boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 T curry powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt

For the Yogurt Mint Sauce

  • 1 small bunch mint
  • 1 cup plain yogurt (or dairy free yogurt)
  • 1/2 tsp dried dill
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 lemon

Instructions

For the Curry Chicken Skewers:

  • Preheat grill to med-high heat. If using wooden skewers, soak in water for 20-30mins prior to using.
  • Cut chicken into 1-inch cubes. Toss w/ 1T olive oil.
  • In a large container mix together 1 T curry powder, 1 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp garlic powder and 1 tsp salt.
  • Add cubed chicken and toss until well coated.
  • Skewer chicken and grill ~4-5mins per side until cooked through to 165 F.
  • Serve grilled skewers w/ Minty Yogurt Sauce.

For Yogurt Mint Sauce:

  • Finely chop ~¼c mint.
  • In a med container add 1 cup plain yogurt, ½ tsp onion powder, ½ tsp dill, ¾ tsp salt, ¼ cup chopped mint and the juice of 1 lemon.
  • Mix well.

What is the nutrition like for these grilled curry chicken skewers?

Grilled curry chicken skewers are definitely a meal you can feel good about serving, both in terms of flavor and nutrition. Here are some of the nutritional benefits you'll get from this recipe:

Chicken (B Vitamins, Iron, Zinc, Selenium, Protein)

Eating more protein, like that found in chicken, can lead to greater feelings of satiety and potentially weight loss. Protein is also important for building muscle. The B vitamins in chicken are also great for energy.

Curry Powder (Antioxidants)

Curry powder is a spice blend, so the exact nutritional content will vary based on the one you choose. It frequently contains turmeric, cumin, coriander, fenugreek and chili pepper. Curry powder also sometimes includes ginger, black pepper and other herbs and spices. Both the curcumin found in turmeric and the capsaicin found in chili peppers are believed to have strong anti-inflammatory effects.

Mint (Vitamin A, Iron, Manganese)

Mint is a delicious way to add a little nutrient boost to your meals. Since vitamin A is fat-soluble, it's best absorbed when consumed with fat – for instance, the yogurt in this recipe (unless you choose fat-free of course). Moreover, mint can help with IBS and indigestion.

Yogurt (Calcium, B Vitamins, Phosphorous, Magnesium, Potassium)

High in protein and nutrients, yogurt is fermented and some yogurt contains probiotics, which are highly beneficial to gut health. Since a lot of yogurt is pasteurized, which can kill probiotics, you'll need to check the label if you're looking for yogurt with probiotics. Like other dairy, yogurt is often fortified with vitamin D which, coupled with calcium, supports bone health.

Lemon (Vitamin C, Citric Acid)

Just one lemon provides 51% of the daily recommended vitamin C. This is important not only to fight colds but for long-term health as studies show consuming produce with vitamin C helps prevent heart disease and stroke. Consuming lemons can also help protect against anemia and kidney stones.

Is this grilled chicken kabob recipe good for meal prep?

Absolutely! My grilled chicken kabobs make an excellent meal prep recipe. For starters, I think the yogurt mint sauce is even tastier if you make it in advance. It gives it time for the flavors to really develop. Furthermore, if you prep the spice mix and cube the chicken ahead of time, this recipe comes together very quickly, perfect for a weeknight!

Curry Chicken Skewers Meal Prep Instructions

How do I know how long to grill chicken kabobs?

If you cut your chicken into one-inch cubes, it should take about 4-5 minutes per side (or 8-10 minutes total) for your chicken to cook.

However, grills can vary a lot in temperature, particularly if you're using a charcoal grill. You're also likely not measuring the size of each chicken cube, so it's really best to use a meat thermometer when cooking chicken.

To check the internal temperature of your chicken, stick the thermometer into a piece of chicken, leaving it in for about 10 seconds. Make sure the thermometer isn't touching the skewer. If it reads 165 F, you're good to go!

What are some good sides for these curry chicken skewers?

On our meal prep meal plans, we include grilled asparagus and fresh watermelon with these curry chicken skewers. It is such a fresh combination and I love that the asparagus can cook right on the grill next to the skewers!

However, this healthy curry chicken recipe is really quite versatile. If asparagus and watermelon aren't in season or if you just feel like mixing it up, here are some other ideas for tasty sides:

  • Make roasted cauliflower and carrots to go with the chicken if it's not the height of summer and you don't mind turning your oven on!
  • Serve chicken over quinoa with some halved cherry tomatoes and zucchini and drizzle the sauce on top.
  • Make a salad, topping with the curry chicken and using the yogurt sauce as a dressing (thin with water if needed)
  • Serve in wraps or gluten free pita pockets, dipping in the yogurt mint sauce
  • My minted fruit salad and a simple green salad would be perfect alongside these summery skewers

What can I do with the leftover mint?

Depending on how big your bunch of mint is, you may have a bit leftover. One thing you could do, of course, is to make a bigger batch of the yogurt mint sauce. It makes an excellent dip for veggies.

If you're looking for another recipe calling for mint though, here are a few great ones:

What are some other healthy meal prep chicken recipes?

Looking for more healthy meal prep chicken recipes? I have SO many! Here are a few to get you started:

  • Homemade Chicken Enchiladas: Make the sauce and filling ahead of time. Then all you have to do when it's time to make dinner is roll them up and pop them in the oven! Rolling enchiladas is a really fun thing to do with kids too…just let go of your inner perfectionist and embrace the mess 🙂
  • Chicken Salad: My dairy-free chicken salad is wonderful to prep ahead and enjoy all week for lunch.
  • Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken: This is a big favorite in my family and a kid-pleaser in general due to the mild spices and sweetness from the raisins. To prep ahead, you can chop the onion and mix all of the spices. That way all you have to do the day you want to serve is throw everything in the crockpot.

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