Sheet Pan Dinner: Yogurt-Spiced Chicken and Preserved Lemon Skewers

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Every day this week, we’re featuring a new sheet pan dinner that promises hands-off cooking and easy cleanup. Today’s recipe: yogurt-spiced chicken and preserved lemon skewers with asparagus spears.

Yogurt-Spiced Chicken and Preserved Lemon Skewers

In this easy dish, skewered chicken cubes and asparagus are cooked on the same baking sheet, making prep and cleanup a breeze. If you can’t find preserved lemons in the specialty foods aisle of your grocery store, simply roast slices of raw lemons alongside the chicken. For this recipe you will need 8 to 10 wooden skewers, each 7 inches (18 cm) or longer and soaked in water for at least an hour before using.


Yogurt-Spiced Chicken and Preserved Lemon Skewers


3/4 cup (6 oz./185 g) plain whole-milk yogurt

1 tsp. ground cumin

1 tsp. ground turmeric

1/2 tsp. smoked paprika

1/2 tsp. saffron threads

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

1 1/2 lb. (750 g) boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 1/2 lb. (750 g) asparagus, ends trimmed

2 Tbs. olive oil

2 preserved lemons, drained, preserving liquid reserved


In a large, nonreactive bowl, stir together the yogurt, cumin, turmeric, paprika, saffron, cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper.


Cut the chicken into 1 1/2-inch (4-cm) cubes. Add the chicken to the bowl and toss to coat well. Cover and let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours.


Preheat an oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.


In a large bowl, toss the asparagus with the olive oil and the reserved preserved lemon liquid (about 1 Tbs.). Set aside. Cut the lemons into 1-inch (2.5-cm) pieces.


Drain the skewers and thread them with chicken and lemons. Place the skewers in a single layer on half of the baking sheet. Bake until the chicken is opaque throughout, about 15 minutes. Using tongs, flip the skewers over. Spread the asparagus in a single layer next to the skewers on the baking sheet. Cook until the chicken is roasted throughout and the asparagus is fork-tender, about 12 minutes. Serve immediately. Serves 4.


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