Chicken Shawarma Satay with Sumac and Tahini Drizzle

Aired October 11, 2011

Serves 12-16 skewers
4 pieces boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into strips or 12 chicken tenders
12 to 16 6-inch bamboo or wooden skewers, soaked in water
1 tablespoon coriander (a palmful)
1 tablespoon cumin (a palmful)
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom (a palmful)
1 tablespoon chili powder (a palmful)
1 teaspoon smoked sweet paprika
Salt and pepper
Juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup EVOO - Extra Virgin Olive Oil, plus some for drizzling
2 large cloves garlic, peeled
3 tablespoons store-bought sesame tahini paste, thinned with a little water and lemon juice
1 tablespoon sumac, for sprinkling
1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds, for sprinkling

Preheat grill pan or outdoor grill to medium-high to high heat.

Skewer each piece of chicken on a wooden skewer and set aside.

Combine coriander, cumin, cardamom, chili powder, paprika, a pinch of salt and pepper on a shallow plate or in a bowl then mix with lemon juice and EVOO. Grate in garlic, add chicken, turn in spices and let marinate for at least 15 minutes.

Grill chicken until marked on each side and cooked through, about 8-10 minutes depending on the thickness of the chicken.

When the chicken is done, place skewers on a platter, drizzle with tahini and sprinkle with sumac and sesame.

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