If you are looking to impress your guests this barbecue season then try and look beyond the usual fare of burgers, sausages and drumsticks. These delicious homemade chicken and potato kebabs are perfect for eating al fresco on a hot summer’s day. They were originally created by chef James Martin for manyfacesofpotatoes.co.uk, a site which celebrates potatoes in much the same way as our own Tasty Tatties! They are deliciously healthy and can be ready in less than 30 minutes, giving you more time to relax and enjoy the summer BBQ with your friends and family.
Herb Chicken and Potato Kebabs with Lime and Little Gem
Prep to plate: Approx 25 minutes
4 Chicken breasts, cut into chunks
500g New potatoes
1 Large bunch mint
1 Large bunch dill
1 Large bunch basil
200ml Thick Greek natural yoghurt
Juice of 2 limes
Salt and pepper
25ml Olive oil
- In a food processor blitz the herbs, 25ml olive oil, lime juice, yoghurt and seasoning. Coat the chicken pieces in the marinade. You can also marinate the chicken and leave overnight in the fridge.
- Place the new potatoes in a pan of cold water, add a pinch of salt, bring to the boil and cook for 6 minutes. Drain and leave to cool, this will half cook them.
- Alternate the chicken pieces and par cooked potatoes on metal skewers that have been lightly oiled.
- BBQ or place under a hot grill on an oiled tray for 15 minutes until lightly charred.
- Remove the leaves from the little gem and place into a bowl with the chopped tomato and cucumber, drizzle with olive oil and season. Mix and place onto serving plates with the lime cut in quarters add the cooked chicken skewers and serve.
Check out manyfacesofpotatoes.co.uk for a whole host of BBQ recipes from celebrity chefs to home cooks keen to share their own family favourite.
Potato Council has also launched its first free recipe driven app, designed for those seeking quick and tasty meal ideas this summer. The ‘Quick & Tasty’ app for iPhone and iPod Touch gives users access to hundreds of favourite, as well as new and exciting, potato recipes, which can be ready and on the table in under 30 minutes. What’s more, users can sort the recipes according to the ingredients available in their kitchen at any one time, or merely to suit their taste buds, using the app’s unique yet simple ‘what’s in my cupboard’ scroll facility to pair potatoes with a protein or vegetable.
The ‘Quick & Tasty’ app is available for free download now from the App Store on iPhone and iPod Touch, search ‘Quick and Tasty’ at http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/quick-tasty/id467905008?mt=8.
Did you know?
· A massive 13% of Britain’s entire vitamin C intake comes from the potato
· There is more vitamin C in a portion of new potatoes than in an apple
· There is more fibre in a jacket potato than in a bowl of bran flakes
· There is more iron in a serving of new potatoes than in a portion of steamed spinach or a pint of Guinness
· Potatoes can help with weight management – when cooked with little or no fat and served in an appropriate amount, they help lower the energy density (the amount of calories/kilojoules they provide per gramme) of the meal and so will help to fill you up on fewer calories
· Potatoes are a starchy carbohydrate and are a great source of energy for all the family.