Saffron-Spiked Chicken Kabobs with Zingy Tomato Salad

Serves: 4 Category:


  1. Place the saffron in a small bowl, cover with 2 tablespoons of hot water and leave to soak for a few minutes.
  2. Cut the chicken into 1 ½ inch (4 cm) cubes and place in a bowl with the yogourt, saffron and soaking liquid. Peel and finely grate in the garlic clove and the zest from both lemons, then squeeze in the juice from one. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and season lightly with salt and pepper, then mix together and leave to marinate in the fridge for at least 1 hour, but preferably overnight.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Peel and thinly slice the red onions, quarter the tomatoes and pick the cilantro leaves. Place everything into a bowl, keeping a few cilantro leaves back for garnish. Squeeze in the juice from the remaining lemon, add a small pinch of salt and scrunch together really well. Add a good lug of extra virgin olive oil, correct the seasoning and set aside.
  4. Preheat a grill pan to high. Thread the marinated chicken pieces onto 4 skewers – if you’re using wooden ones, make sure you soak them in water first to stop them burning, also cut them to size, if needed. Grill the chicken kabobs for around 10 minutes, or until golden and cooked through, turning regularly. Meanwhile, put your flatbreads in the oven to warm through.
  5. To serve, place the flatbreads onto 4 plates and put a skewer on top of each one. Divide the tomato salad and all the lovely juices between the flatbreads, drizzle lightly with extra virgin olive oil and scatter over the reserved cilantro, then serve right away.


  • 1 pinch of saffron
  • 4 certified humane chicken breasts
  • 1 cup (250 mL) fat-free plain yogurt
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 lemons
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 red onions
  • 1 handful of mixed-colour cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro
  • 4 small flatbreads or flour tortillas

Nutritional Information

1/4 of the recipe

Calories 367.8
Fat 11.2 g
Saturated fat 2.8 g
Carbs 3.4 g
Sugar 10 g
Protein 36.5 g
Fibre 1.5 g
Sodium 1300 mg


Saffron gives this dish great colour and subtle flavour, but don’t worry if you can’t get your hands on any, a pinch of turmeric will work well too.

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