It’s been a hard day and all you want to do is kick back – the temptation to order a take away is all too real. What is also real is the excess calories, sugar, salt, and fat found in your typical take away. Yet, it doesn’t have to be this way – try making a ‘fake away’ which is essentially your favourite take out minus the calorie count. DW Fitness Club’s Chicken Kebab recipe is a light weight version of its conventional counterpart, try making this the next time you are tempted to reach for the takeaway menu.
500 g of chicken breast, chopped into squares
2 zucchini, cut into halves
1 teaspoon of oregano
1 teaspoon of thyme
30 ml of extra virgin olive oil
250 ml of Greek yoghurt
½ a fresh cucumber
2 teaspoons of lemon juice
2 chopped garlic cloves
3 fresh mint leaves
Salt and pepper (optional)
For the tzatziki:
Grate the ½ cucumber. Dice a few mint leaves.
Pour the Greek yoghurt into a serving bowl, adding the grated cucumber. Stir in the chopped garlic and add the diced mint leaves.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
For the chicken skewers:
Coat the chicken with a thin layer of olive oil. Grill chicken pieces separately on low heat for 15 minutes (or until cooked through). Add some salt, oregano and thyme for flavour.
While the chicken is cooking, shave the zucchini into thin strips.
Once the chicken is ready, remove it from the heat, but don’t turn the grill off just yet!
Roll zucchini strips and place each slice on a skewer with a piece of chicken breast. Repeat until skewer is full.
Place the skewer on the heat for two minutes for zucchini to brown slightly. Add any more oregano and thyme to flavour the zucchini.
Remove and serve with tzatziki.
Combining the zucchini with the chicken breasts creates a protein meal that is light on saturated fats and high in nutrition. Also, as we only gently sear the zucchini, we can ensure that the nutrients within the vegetable are not denatured. We also love Greek yoghurt, as it is richer in protein than regular yoghurt.