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Updated February 23, 2016
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Kebob makers tend to squeeze their food-on-a-stick pieces too tightly together. This does nothing but slow the cooking process. It’s okay for these pieces to touch, but just barely.

Metal skewers are best because, unlike bamboo, they don’t have the nasty habit of catching on fire. That said, bamboo brings a certain authenticity to the party. So, to prevent forest fires, you can do one of two things:

• Hit the hibachi. Most hibachi-style grills have grates that stand above the side of the grill. This makes it possible for the meat to lie flat on the grate while the skewers stick straight out to the side.

• Soak the skewers. This is a fine idea as long as you’re going to cook right away, but if you plan on skewering and refrigerating, odds are good the woodworks will again be flammable by the time bird meets burner.

4 to 8 kebobs, depending on the size of the skewers

Cooking Methodbroiling, grilling

CostInexpensive

Easy

Total Timea day or more

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionFamily Get-together, game day

Recipe Coursemain course

Dietary Considerationmain course

Equipmentgrill

Mealdinner

Taste and Texturemeaty, nutty, spiced

Type of Dishskewer

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • ½ teaspoon curry powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • ½ cup peanuts (or more to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons neutral vegetable oil
  • 2 pounds chicken breast, cut into 1-inch cubes or ½-inch slices
  • Heavy-bottom skillet
  • Mortar with pestle, or coffee grinder
  • Small bowl
  • Food processor
  • Metal or bamboo skewers (see Notes)
  • Broiler and broiler pan, or gas or charcoal grill
  • Broiling or Grilling

Instructions

Place coriander and cumin in a heavy dry skillet and toast, tossing occasionally, over high heat. When the seeds just start to smoke, remove from the heat and pour onto a plate to cool. Then grind in a mortar with a pestle, or an electric coffee grinder. Combine the cumin and coriander with other spices and sugar in a small bowl.

Chop the peanuts in a food processor until they’re the size of small crumbs. Add the spices to the processor. While pulsing, add the oils and process to form a paste.

Rub the paste on the chicken pieces. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Thread the chicken pieces onto skewers.

Heat the broiler and move the rack into position so that the chicken will be within 4 inches of the burner. Or fire up a grill or hibachi. Lay the skewers directly over the heat and cook, turning often until paste is dark and chicken cooked through.

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