Recipe VIDEO above. A homemade version of your favourite Chicken Doner Kebab! Tastes remarkably similar to the diner kebab meat from your favourite takeout store. I've baked it, but imagine it rotisserie style over the BBQ or charcoal! You will need 4 long metal skewers for this, around 30cm / 12" long.
Ingredients1 kg / 2 lb chicken thighs , skinless and boneless (Note 1)Olive oil , for drizzlingMarinade:1 cup plain yoghurt , unsweetened (I use Greek)3 garlic cloves minced1 1/2 tsp coriander powder2 tsp cumin powder2 tsp paprika1 tsp cayenne pepper , optional1 1/2 tsp onion powder1/2 tsp black pepper2 1/2 tbsp tomato paste1 1/2 tsp salt1 tbsp lemon juice2 tbsp olive oilFor Serving (choose):Lebanese bread / flatbreads / pita bread , warmedFinely sliced iceberg lettuceTomato slicesHummus (or Note 2 for simple Yoghurt Sauce)Tabbouleh (optional, Note 3)Red onion slicesGrated cheeseChilli Sauce (I use Sriracha, it's perfect)Mejadra (Middle Eastern Rice with Lentils), for Kebab Plate
InstructionsMix Marinade in a large bowl. Add chicken and mix to coat well. Cover and marinate in the fridge for a minimum of 3 hours, 24 hours is ideal. If only 3 hours, add an extra 1/2 tsp salt. Preheat oven to 220C / 430F (standard) or 200C / 390F (fan / convection). Choose a pan of a size such that the skewers will stay propped up on the pan walls (see photos in post or video) and the chicken will be elevated off the base. Line with foil. Remove chicken from fridge. Divide the chicken into 2 piles. Take one piece of chicken, fold in half then thread onto two skewers (see video). Repeat and push the chicken snugly up against each other. Repeat with other skewer. Prop the 2 skewers on the edges of the baking pan. Drizzle surface with oil. Bake for 35 minutes or until the surface is golden with some charred bits (char is good!). Spoon the pan juices over the chicken. Then turn, drizzle with oil and bake for 20 minutes (or 25 - 30 minutes if you had large thighs). If you need / want more colour, switch to grill/broil for a few minutes on high - I don't do this. Baste again with pan juices and stand for 5 minutes. Carving: Stand the skewers upright or on an angle, and slice meat fairly thinly. Use to make Doner Kebabs or Kebab Plates. Doner Kebabs:Place a lebanese bread (or pita bread or other flatbread) on a piece of foil. Spread with a generous dollop of Hummus (or yoghurt - Note 2). Top with shredded lettuce, slices of tomato, Tabbouleh (for a truly authentic experience! Note 3), cheese (I usually go this) and Chicken. Drizzle with chilli sauce if desired (I use Sriracha, it's perfect). Roll up tightly and wrap in foil. Consume and be happy! Kebab Plates:Serve chicken with Mejadra (Middle Eastern Spiced Rice with Lentils), shredded lettuce, tomatoes, slices of red onion, tabbouleh, dollop of hummus. Optional to serve flatbread / lebanese bread on the side. Recipe Notes:1. CHICKEN: For this recipe, thigh is the only cut that is suitable because it can withstand the long cook time without drying out.
2. Yoghurt Sauce: Easy quick alternative to hummus. Just mix 1 cup yoghurt with 1 tbsp olive oil, lemon juice to taste, 1/2 garlic clove minced, salt and pepper. Mix, set aside 20 minutes+ for flavours to develop. Sprinkle of cumin also lovely.
3. Tabbouleh: 4 tbsp burghul (bulgur or cracked wheat) soaked in 1/2 cup hot boiled water until softened. Mix with 1 cup finely chopped flatleaf parsley, 1/4 cup finely chopped mint, 3 spring onions finely diced (or 1/2 red onion), 1 car ripe tomato deseeded and diced. Dress with fresh lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. It should be quite tart.
4. MAKE AHEAD/STORAGE: Carve up the chicken, then drizzle over half the pan juices. Cover and refrigerate until required, reheat in microwave for minimum time required just to warm through. Use the rest of the pan juices as required to moisten / add extra flavour onto the chicken.
5. SOURCES: Seasoning is something I created, copying the flavour of the chicken at my local kebab shop! I got the idea to do a "rotisserie" in the oven by propping the skewers up on the pan from this recipe, and I watched a bunch of videos on You Tube like this one, and this one and this one. Yes, this is truly how I "come up" with homemade version of my favourite foods!
6. Nutrition per serving, assuming 5 servings, chicken only.
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|Serving Size: 1 Recipe (1439g)|
|Recipe Makes: 1 Recipe|
|Calories from Fat: 59 (22%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 6.6g||9 %|
|Saturated Fat 2.8g||14 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 2.2g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 1g|
|Cholesterol 14.7mg||5 %|
|Sodium 229.5mg||8 %|
|Potassium 1573.8mg||41 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 40.4g||12 %|
|Dietary Fiber 7.1g||28 %|
|Sugars, other 33.3g|
|Protein 18.3g||26 %|
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Calories per serving: 268
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