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Ginger-Curry Grilled Chicken Kebabs

4 to 6 Servings

45 minutes Plus marinating

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Mishkaki are grilled skewers of marinated meat from Zanzibar, an archipelago in the Indian Ocean, just off the coast of Tanzania. The islands’ cuisine represents a fusion of the people and cultures—Persian, Portuguese, Arabic—that once colonized or settled in the area. These kebabs are an adaptation of the mishkaki from “Feast: Food of the Islamic World” by Anissa Helou. Chunks of chicken are marinated in an aromatic mixture of ginger, garlic, spices, tomato paste and lemon juice before they’re skewered and grilled. Serve with warm naan and, if you like, plain yogurt for drizzling.

4 to 6



Don’t worry if the cut pieces of chicken are irregularly shaped. As long as they’re similarly sized, shape isn’t important. Don’t crowd the skewers on the grill grate. Allow some space between them so heat circulates and the chicken cooks quickly and without steaming.

45 minutes

Plus marinating


  • 2

    tablespoons grapeseed or other neutral oil

  • 2

    tablespoons tomato paste


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Lisa C.
October 2, 2022
Very tasty kabobs!
So easy and so delicious; my favorite kind of recipe!
Michael Y.
August 7, 2022
Delicious. I used about 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne and that was plenty of heat. The red onions and bell peppers really go well with the chicken so don't forget those!
Jennifer B.
August 6, 2022
Tasty and easy on the eyes
Glad I looked this up, because your magazine didn't have the dish's origins. Zanzibar! That's a first for me. This was easy and delicious, looked great too. I served it with Indian spicy potatoes and Cajun barbecued onions. A bit of fusion, but it worked!
stephanie e.
July 27, 2022
lots of flavor!
Really tasty, easy to prepare and crave-able! We had it with some chutney and next time I will make a Basmati rice pilaf to go with as well. And there will be a next time soon!
Nicole B.
July 15, 2022
very easy