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Yogurt-Marinated Lamb and Chicken Skewers

The lamb and chicken can be marinated up to one day in advance and refrigerated. Remove from the fridge one hour before grilling.

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  • Servings: 6

Photography: Bryan Gardner

Source: Martha Stewart Living, June 2016


  • 2 cups plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing and drizzling
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest, plus 2 tablespoons juice and 3 whole lemons, quartered
  • 2 teaspoons coriander seeds, toasted and crushed
  • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3/4 pound boneless lamb loin, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3/4 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 12 cocktail tomatoes, or 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 large red onion, cut into 8 wedges
  • 4 ounces feta, crumbled (1 cup)
  • 6 pocketless pitas or flatbreads
  • 1 English cucumber, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
  • Coarsely chopped fresh dill, for serving


  1. Combine 1/2 cup yogurt, oil, lemon zest and juice, coriander seeds, and paprika in a bowl; add 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Mix well. Divide mixture between 2 resealable plastic bags; add lamb to one and chicken to the other. Seal bags after removing any air; massage meat to evenly distribute marinade. Let stand at room temperature 1 hour, or refrigerate up to 1 day (remove 1 hour before grilling).

  2. Thread meat onto long metal skewers (or soaked wooden skewers) with a lemon quarter on each end, leaving 1/4 inch between each piece to ensure even cooking. Thread tomatoes and onion onto separate skewers, then brush with oil. Season meat and vegetables with salt and pepper. Stir together remaining 1 1/2 cups yogurt, feta, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Transfer to a serving bowl; drizzle with oil and sprinkle with pepper.

  3. Preheat grill for direct-heat cooking (medium-high on a gas grill). Brush grates with oil. Grill chicken until just cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes. Grill onions, turning a few times, until charred in places and softened, 8 to 10 minutes. Grill lamb, turning a few times, until charred in places, 6 to 8 minutes for medium-rare. Grill tomatoes until charred in places, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer meat and grilled tomatoes and vegetables to a serving platter. Grill pitas, flipping once, until charred in places, 1 to 2 minutes; immediately wrap in a clean kitchen towel to steam and soften until ready to serve.

  4. Serve meat, onions, and tomatoes with pitas, yogurt sauce, cucumber, and dill, with grilled lemon wedges alongside.

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