Air Fryer Chicken Kebabs – Middle Eastern Style – Once Upon a Chef (Video)

Searching for chicken kebab recipes, I found this one from Jenn over at Once Upon a Chef.  You can learn more about Jenn here, and I would encourage you to visit her blog, especially as she is a classically-trained chef who appears to have some really delicious recipes. 

I decided to give this a try skewers in the Deluxe Air Fryer, and it was a big hit!!  I love my Air Fryer for so many things, including desserts (check out my air fryer beignets here) but I do enjoy using the rotisserie basket, the spit (I made Peruvian chicken) and especially our air fryer skewers!  Here is some info on our Air Fryer:

Best Air Fryer for a Family

Enjoy fried foods at home without all the mess, hassle, and oil of deep frying but with all the flavor and texture you love. Ours is family-sized to quickly cook up to six servings, a whole chicken or roast, or appetizers for a crowd. Like a convection oven, super-heated air circulates giving food a crispy texture. No preheating is necessary, saving you precious time. Conveniently fits under kitchen cabinets.

Air Fryer, Rotisserie, & Dehydrator All-in-One

Ours does more than just better-for-you air frying. It makes perfectly-cooked rotisserie chicken, crispy outside and tender inside, so you can skip the hit-or-miss ones at the grocery store. And it dehydrates fruits, veggies, and herbs so you can enjoy their fresh flavors well beyond the season.

Product Details

  • Family-sized 11.6-qt. capacity fits up to a 4 lb. whole chicken.
  • Eight programmed settings: Air Fry, Bake, Roast, Rotisserie, Reheat, Dehydrate, Custom, and Rotate
  • Includes two cooking trays, basket, rotisserie set, drip tray, retrieval tool, removable shield, and a cooking guide.
  • 14½” tall x 12 3/4″ x 14 1/4″

Here is a link If you’d like to get your own Pampered Chef Air Fryer and/or the skewers:

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Back to our kebabs – the flavors were really terrific!  This was my first time marinating any kind of meat in yogurt, and I found the chicken to be perfectly tender and juicy.  I found an article from Bon Appetit, which explains what a yogurt marinade does for meats.  Here is an excerpt: 

Yogurt tenderizes meat much more gently and effectively than regular marinades. While acidic vinegar- or citrus-based marinades can toughen proteins like chicken breast to a rubbery consistency, yogurt slowly tenderizes them, resulting in meat that can practically be pulled apart by hand. Yogurt marinades are highly effective when left on proteins for an elongated period of time (in the 12 hour ball park), but they work well in short-term scenarios too.

We found it to be crispy on the outside, while still tender and juicy on the inside, and the flavors were delectable, without being over-the-top spicy, even with a full teaspoon of red pepper.  Even my picky eaters loved it, so it’s a keeper for our family to be sure.  Enough said, let’s jump right in!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plain whole milk Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Zest from one lemon
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1¾ teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 5 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 2½ to 3 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1½-inch pieces
  • 1 large red onion, cut into 1-inch chunks

Instructions

Zest and juice one lemon, Press garlic and chop onion.

In a small bowl, combine the yogurt, olive oil, paprika, cumin, cinnamon, red pepper flakes, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, pepper and garlic. Mix well. 

Thread the chicken onto air fryer skewers, alternating with the red onions. Brush the marinade all over the meat, coating well. Place in reusable bag and refrigerate at least eight hours or overnight.

Remove from bag and snap into place on skewer rotisserie.  Set to ROTISSERIE for 20 minutes, press button to Start.

When timer is up, remove from Air Fryer with rotisserie tool.  Serve immediately.

That’s it!  This is a great recipe, very easy to throw together, and I love that I did not have to watch the kebabs on a grill, as I tend to burn them there, lol!  Please let me know if you give this a try and what you think of it.  Please be sure to head over to visit Jenn at Once Upon a Chef, and tell her I said hello!

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Air Fryer Chicken Kebabs

Crispy on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside, these Middle-Eastern Style Chicken Kebabs are full of delicious flavors, and came out great in the Air Fryer. Try it today!!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Marinating Time 8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4 servings
Calories 461 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup plain whole milk Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 1.8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • zest from one lemon
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 ¾ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 5 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 2.5-3 lbs boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 large red onion, cut into 1-inch chunks

Instructions
 

  • Zest and juice one lemon, press garlic and chop onion.
  • In a small bowl, combine the yogurt,olive oil, paprika, cumin, cinnamon, red pepper flakes, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, pepper and garlic. Mix well. 
  • Thread the chicken onto air fryer skewers,alternating with the red onions. Brush the marinade all over the meat, coating well. Place in reusable bag and refrigerate at least eight hours or overnight.
  • Remove from bag and snap into place on skewer rotisserie.  Set to ROTISSERIE for 20 minutes, press button to Start.
  • When timer is up, remove from Air Fryer with rotisserie tool.  Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 461kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 61gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 272mgSodium: 1315mgPotassium: 869mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 717IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 103mgIron: 3mg
Keyword kebabs
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