Paprika buttermilk chicken & courgette skewers
Marinate chicken in paprika buttermilk to ensure these skewers remain lovely and succulent for grilling or barbecuing
- Serves: 4 persons
- 200ml buttermilk
- 2 ¾tsp sweet smoked paprika
- ½tsp Aleppo pepper
- 800g skinless, boneless chicken thighs, quartered
- 2courgettes, trimmed
- ½lemon, juiced
- 4metal skewers (or soak wooden skewers in water for 30 mins before using)
Step 1Combine 150ml of the buttermilk with 1 tsp of the paprika, the Aleppo pepper and ¼ tsp sea salt flakes. Add the chicken pieces, mix well to coat and chill for 2 hrs, or overnight.
Step 2Meanwhile, slice the courgettes lengthways into 8-12 thin ribbons each using a vegetable peeler. Sprinkle over ¼ tsp sea salt flakes and leave to soften for 15-30 mins.
Step 3Combine the remaining 50ml buttermilk and paprika with the lemon juice in a small bowl or jug. Set aside.
Step 4Alternately thread the chicken and courgette ribbons, folding them in a concertina effect onto the skewers – each skewer should have a quarter of the chicken on it. Cook on the barbecue over a moderate heat or ashen coals for 10-15 mins, turning regularly to ensure they char but don’t burn (or to cook indoors, place the skewers on a baking tray and grill for 15 mins on each side). The skewers are ready when the meat is firm to the touch.
Step 5Transfer the skewers to a platter and brush or spoon over the buttermilk dressing to serve.