Yogurt-Marinated Saffron Chicken Skewers

It’s officially grilling season, and we’re off to a great start at my house. We’re making all kinds of delicious things on the grill, and this yogurt-marinated saffron chicken is one of my favorites. 

Saffron is the power ingredient in these tasty chicken skewers, but they are also full of other wonderful spices, like turmeric, cayenne, and paprika. Of course, I can’t forget to mention that putting yogurt in the marinade is truly a secret weapon for adding deliciousness because the lactic acid in it really helps to tenderize the chicken and bring a special tang to the flavor profile. Speaking of tang, don’t forget the lemon zest in these babies. It makes all the difference. 

Summer food, I love you.


2 lb. chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces

¾ c. plain Greek yogurt

¼ c. olive oil 

One lemon, juice and zest

3 cloves of garlic, minced

½ tsp. saffron threads

1 tsp. turmeric

1 tsp. paprika

½ tsp. cayenne 

2 Tbsp. fresh thyme

2 Tbsp. fresh parsley, finely chopped

Salt and pepper

Combine all ingredients in a glass container and mix together thoroughly. Marinade overnight.

When you’re ready to cook the skewers, heat the grill to medium high heat. Put the chicken pieces onto skewers and season with salt and pepper. Grill the chicken for 7-8 minutes on each side, or until cooked through. 

Enjoy immediately!

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