Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Piri Piri Lemon Chicken & Halloumi Kebabs with Homemade Flatbread

An easy but tasty dinner tonight.....

I had a pack of Halloumi cheese in the fridge which has been there for ages. Thankfully, halloumi keeps for a very long time. It's quite a salty Greek cheese I belive and lends itself to grilling and barbequing as it does not melt and run - but instead goes crispy.... much like frying tofu I suppose.

I used two chicken thighs per person and cut the meat from the bone into strips. I then threaded cubes of halloumi and the chicken (marinated in a piri piri and lemon marinade) on to wooden skewers. Had I had the ingredients to hand, I would have certainley made my own chilli sauce from either Cherry on a Cake's blog or The Little Teochew's Blog. Both are so much better I'm sure than one could ever get from a supermarket jarred sauce !

Still - the one I used was pretty potent stuff.....

I cooked them on the high rack of my halogen oven cooker on the baking tray (with low grill on top) for approx 10mins at maximum power until cooked through and the halloumi was nicely browned and crispy. No preheating required.

These kebabs would be simply delicious done on the barbeque and are so easy to prepare.

To serve with them, I made some homemade flat breads

Recipe for flat bread

3 cups of plain, all purpose flour
1 cup water
3 tablespoons olive oil
heaped teaspoon black onion (migella) seeds
good shake of powdered garlic
1 tsp ground cumin
teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder

No need to sieve - bung it all in a bowl and bring it together until a dough is formed.

Split into 6 > 8 pieces and roll them out. I made mine into 8 pieces and rolled them out to approx the diameter of the span of my hand.

Prick all over with a fork and brush tops with a little olive oil

Pre heat a dry frying pan or griddle and cook on each side for approx 3 or 4 mins at a fairly hot heat. You can keep them warm in an oven at low heat under tin foil if cooking a whole batch at once.

How I wish I had a griddle to get those sexy lines on my flat breads... These are very similar to nann bread in look - but more bread like in texture.

I served these simply with some finely sliced cucumber in greek yoghurt with a squeeze of lemon and some cherry tomatoes on the vine.


  1. Hi Sarah-Jane

    Your chicken & Halloumi kebabs looks delicious ! Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

  2. Good! I don't know Halloumi cheese but only feta like Greek cheese.
    A very interesting idea.

  3. This looks great! Halloumi is new to new and I will be looking for it. Love those kebabs!

  4. scrumptious chicken kebabs, with lemon and cherry tomato drooling ...loved ur first click :)

  5. Elin - Hello. Lovely to have you join us :-)

    Zucherro - Halloumi is quite a salty cheese with a tofu like texture. It's rather nice though !

    Ananda - it's an easy supper meal. Nothing fancy, but quick and tasty.

    Thank you all for your ocmments

  6. Oh how lovely Sarah. So these are the kebabs you mentioned. I must try. Btw i like your scotch eggs too..teh soft yolk is absolutely tantalizing... I have to create my own meat mixture if I were to try make it though. cant get the sausage meat that you mentioned . it looks so yum. you are definitely a very good cook!

  7. P. S. Sarah-Jane, I just received the Jonny Walker CD and it is fantastic! So many good songs on it and he has a great voice and style. I will be enjoying listening to it so much. And thanks also for the silicone food ropes. It was a great giveaway and so very kind of you! Thanks again, Pam

  8. your flatbread looks incredible! I love the idea of barbecuing cheese....I have to get some of that cheese and try it!! I do love cheese!

  9. Zurin - you might know sausagemeat as ground pork belly ?

    Pam - you are very welcome. Glad you like it and it arrived ok.

    Chef Dennis - flat breads would have looked SO much better bbq'd or griddled. Halloumi is a funny old stuff ... makes a nice alternative to meat for vegetarians. It's a curd like cheese similar to paneer


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