Grilled Turkey Kebabs a la King
This was originally a rich chicken dish made with lots of cream and sherry, peas, and pimientos, and served on hot buttered toast points or in pastry shells. There are as many stories about its origin as there are versions of the recipe. It likely made its debut at the Brighton Beach hotel in New York at the turn of the 19th century, created by the chef in honor of the owner, Mr. E. Clark King II. I went with a green-pepper version and added celery seeds to the sauce because that’s how I like my a la King. If you can’t live without the pimientos, feel free to add them--they will have virtually no impact on the fat and calorie content.
Total Timeunder 1 hour
Recipe Coursemain course
Dietary Considerationmain course
Equipmentgrill, grill pan
Taste and Texturecreamy, meaty, savory, tangy
Type of Dishskewer
- 1 pound turkey breast meat, cut into 1-Inch chunks
- 1 large green bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch pieces
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Nonstick cooking spray
- 1 small yellow onion, cut into fine dice
- 1 cup low-fat, low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- ½ teaspoon celery seeds
- ½ cup frozen peas
- 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
Heat a grill or grill pan over high heat. Skewer the turkey cubes and bell pepper on 4 metal skewers, and season the turkey with salt and pepper to taste. When the grill is hot, spray the skewers with cooking spray. Grill the kebabs, turning them occasionally, until the turkey is light golden brown and just cooked through, about 20 minutes. Transfer the kebabs to a serving platter, and cover it with foil to keep them warm.
While the turkey is cooking, heat a small saucepan over medium heat. When the saucepan is hot, spray it with cooking spray. Add the onion and saute until almost translucent, about 4 minutes.
Meanwhile, whisk the chicken broth into the cornstarch in a small bowl.
Whisk the broth mixture into the onion. Stirring constantly, bring the broth to a boil. Add the celery seeds and peas, return the sauce to a simmer, and cook until it has thickened, about 4 minutes.
Remove the sauce from the heat and stir in the yogurt. Season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste, if desired, spoon it over the kebabs, and serve.
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