Chicken sticks cooked in yoghurt and spices - a tasty family dinner recipe
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Tasty Yoghurt Chicken Sticks

Succulent chicken pieces marinated in yoghurt, lemon juice, smoked paprika, cumin and garlic. Grilled until golden, these chicken sticks are bursting with flavour.They’re so delicious they’re perfect for family meals or even for entertaining.
Serve with couscous, basmati rice or with a flatbread and yoghurt sauce.
Course Main Course
Cuisine turkish
Keyword chicken skewers, chicken sticks, middle eastern chicken skewers, turkish chicken skewers, yoghurt chicken kebabs
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 skewers
Author Mas & Pas


  • 3 chicken breasts cut into large bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup Greek yoghurt
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • pinch cinnamon
  • Vegetable oil for greasing the oven dish
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • freshly ground black pepper


  • Optional: Brine the chicken overnight in 8% brine (8 grams salt for every 100mls of water).
  • If using wooden skewers, soak them in cold water for 20 minutes before beginning. Preheat the oven to 180℃.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the yogurt, olive oil, paprika, cumin, cinnamon, lemon juice, salt, pepper and minced garlic.
  • Thread the chicken onto 6 metal or wooden skewers.
  • Cover a baking pan with foil or oil it well and place the chicken skewers on it. Pour the marinade over the chicken, turning the chicken to coat all sides in the marinade.
  • Grill the chicken skewers for about 10-15 minutes until golden and cooked through. They should be crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Serve with your chosen sides. Some ideas could be saffron and onion rice, couscous or warm flat breads.