It’s not a chicken kebab recipe. It’s a hot weather winner!
Sooooo, it’s been a while since I posted anything on here. I blame the heat. It literally sapped my soul away. I didn’t want to cook, I didn’t want to bake, and I certainly didn’t want to write.
I think I am in the minority when it comes to this heat. I don’t mind it on holiday when I can chill out, but when I have to function as a normal grown up, day in day out, it gets a little tedious. So I am pretty happy to see the a couple of times this last week 🙂
So I am easing myself and you back in with this quick post. No fancy photos (although lets face it, I am never fancy!) and no recipe as such. Just a quick chicken kebab which I made in the middle of the heatwave when I realised we had eaten nothing but salads and cereal for about two weeks. Worst. Foodie. Ever!
I wanted hot(ish) food, with a decent protein quota and flavour. Lots and lots of flavour. Oh and it had to be easy because of the aforementioned heat-induced brain drain.
It’s so easy it doesn’t even need a recipe. Chicken thigh meat + buttermilk + spice mix = a great start to a meal. I used a Shawarma mix from the fab Spice Kitchen UK team (AKA Sanjay and his mum) and am already planning to do it again with their jerk seasoning mix.
- 4-6 boneless chicken thighs, chopped up (4 was plenty enoigh for two of us)
- 100ml buttermilk
- A heaped tablespoon of spice
- Mixed and refrigerated overnight.
The following night I simply heated a tablespoon of groundnut oil in a large saute / frying pan on a medium heat, and fried the chicken for about 10 minutes until cooked through.
Then I threw it into some flatbreads (I forced myself to make them, but two rings on the hob in this weather was madness!) with some tomato, cucumber, avocado and za’atar spiced potato (carbs on carbs). I should have whipped up some tzatziki to really top it off but I ran out of cucumber!
You could shove it into pita bread, or the Crosta and Mollica piada (Italian flatbread) which I found in Sainsbury’s would be great as well as they have a good chewy bite to them.
With the bits and pieces added, it was enough for three very chunky kebabs.
I’d love to know how you all cope cooking in summer, and what cool salads or other no-cook/ minimal cook dishes you turn to.
Hopefully we are done with the heatwave now and normal service can resume.
If you want me, I will be outside when it rains, and in the shade, in a hat, eating a lolly when the pesky sun returns. Remember, sunscreen is your friend!