Moroccan Chicken Kebabs and Pasta Salad

Well, say goodbye to 2010 and hello to 2011... or to be precise, today is actually 1/1/11 which is kinda cool. I hope everyone had a lovely New Year's Eve celebration whether you decided to party it up or just enjoy quiet company at home.

Hubby and I enjoyed a lovely quiet BBQ at a friend's place. There were just 6 of us but we really enjoyed the great company and great food and great cocktails and the boys started off the New Year by enjoying the wonderful outdoor spa but the women aka wives were too tired so we went to bed as soon as we could!


My food contribution to the BBQ were two types of homemade Chicken Kebabs (Top Left: Moroccan Chicken Kebab and Botton: BBQ Chicken Kebab) and homemade Pasta Salad. I very seldom brag, hehe but I was extremely happy with how the flavors of the Moroccan Chicken Kebab and Pasta Salad turned out so I've decided to share the recipes here. The BBQ Chicken was actually marinated by Coles - I just deconstructed the Coles skewers and re-attached them to my metal skewers with the vegetables so I can't take credit for those.

But I spent a good half an hour marinating and preparing the Moroccan Chicken Kebabs so I will fully take credit for it, haha. Here's what you need to make 6 Moroccan Chicken Kebab skewers (the vegetable portion is enough for 12 skewers):

Ingredients:
3 chicken thigh fillets, cut into pieces
1 green capsicum, diced
1 red capsicum, diced
1 yellow capsicum diced
2 zucchinis, sliced
1 large brown onion, diced

Moroccan Chicken Marinade:
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp coriander
1 tsp Turmeric
1 tsp Chopped Garlic
1 tsp Hot Chilli Paste
2 tbsp Lemon Juice
Salt and Pepper to taste

Marinade chicken pieces with all the marinade ingredients.
Arrange chicken and vegetables according to preference on the metal skewers. Leave the skewers to marinate further in the fridge for a few hours before cooking on the BBQ.


Pasta Salad

Ingredients:
300g elbow pasta, cooked in salted water and drained.
250g green beans, chopped and lightly steamed
1 cup frozen corn kernels, lightly steamed
100g semi dried tomatoes, sliced into smaller chunks
1 can chick peas, drained
1/2 cup shredded smoked ham
3 stalks of spring onions, chopped
3 tbsp Caesar dressing
3 tbsp Parmesan and Roasted Garlic salad dressing
1 tbsp grated parmesan cheese

In a bowl, combine all ingredients and toss thoroughly. Refrigerate for at least one hour before serving. Note: Don't forget the spring onions and grated parmesan cheese, they really do create a distinct flavor to enhance the whole salad.

36 comments:

  1. I was talking about kebabs to my mom this afternoon in the car. She was complaining about her turkey trip and how she did not eat any kebabs at all! All she ate was turkish bread and salad for every meal!

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  2. OMG...U r really testing my taste buds!! Hehehe....;)

    Happy New Year!!! :D

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  3. Kim: Wishing you and family a great year in 2011!All the best!

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  4. Hapy new year dear!!Yummy and gorgeous preparation...:)Love it...:)

    Dr.Sameena@

    http://www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com/

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  5. Wow..I bet its yummy. Thanks for the recipe Kim ;)

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  6. Kim, Your dishes are so colorful and I love all of the flavors in your marinade for the chicken. I'm always looking for new chicken recipes. Bookmarking this one.

    Happy New year 2011!

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  7. I just love the colors in your beautiful food, Kim! Happy New Year. Look forward to much more of your creations. :)

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  8. Wow! This is the first time I've been to your site and I love your pictures. Your mix between Asian and Australian sounds very fascinating, glad to have found you.
    Happy New Year!

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  9. Hey, it's the first time for me here as well :P Your pictures look very professional. Do you take them yourself and what gear do you use?

    - Akseli

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  10. Those skewers look so so good!I hope you have a wonderful 2011 :)

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  11. Those kebabs look spectacular. I might just have to have an indoor bbq to try these out. Happy New Year!

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  12. I'm inviting you to a bbq right now hurry up and please bring these! Lovely, I really really love kabobs and I totally dig your marinade!

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  13. One of my New Years Resolutions is to use ingredients or cooking techniques I have never used before. This recipe is perfect for that. I can't wait to try it.

    Happy New Year!
    Alicia

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  14. Happy new year! :)

    Kebabs are awesome but I love the look of that salad.

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  15. Happy New 2011 Year, Kimberly!!! Your kebabs and salad look gorgeous!! You are real goddess :)

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  16. Oh, you know those are some of my favorite flavors! What a nice contribution...you're welcome to my house. =)

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  17. Wonderful kebabs! They look absolutely delicious.

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  19. As beautiful as ever Kimba!

    Sounds and looks like a perfect New Years Eve - just the way I would like it!

    Happy New Year!

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  20. That is one flavorful marinade for the chicken. Just a gorgeous array of tastes. I'd welcome the New Year in with your dishes any time. Happy 2011.

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  21. The colours are fantastic! Happy New year sweetie!

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  22. This looks so yummy! Fresh and warm-weathery (something we are not enjoying at the moment). The food all looks so inviting. What a great way to start off the new year!

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  23. all of these looks so delish, even if the bbq chicken were from coles, you still did a great food presentation here and love the vibrant colours of your pasta!

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  24. Those are some lovely looking kebabs. I don't eat meat, but I can still admire your hard work and presentation. Happy New Year!

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  25. Happy New Year. This looks fantastic. Sadly, it won't be grilling season here for a few months (currently 26 Farenheit, but its supposed to warm up to 35 and start raining in a couple days.) We'll give it a try once spring rolls around. Have a prosperous 2011.

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  26. I can't understand why you ladies weren't enjoying the outdoor spa like the men? And you were the ones who prepared the food too... Your kebabs and pasta salad looks fab, btw. I can tell you always put your heart into everything you cook!

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  27. Your kebabs and salad are just exceptional! All soooo inviting and mouth watering! Just love all your culinary adventures! Thanks for sharing! Cheers!!!!!

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  28. your kebabs look delicious, the bbq kebabs really caught my attention, but those Moroccan kebabs sound amazing with that combination of spices. What a great get together you must have had
    thanks for sharing
    Dennis

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  29. Whoa. Yes, that looks appetizing. Kind of the way the sun looks warm.

    Seriously, the kebabs and the salad both look absolutely fantastic.

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  30. HiKim-Your chicken kabobs look so yummy and colorful. Also love your pasta salad, so comforting and perfect for a "lazy" Sunday lunch, along with the awesome kabobs.
    Great choice...love your center piece dish, from your previous post, and your chicken dish, as well.
    Beautiful presentation!

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  31. I just love the blend of these spices, Kimba!

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  32. bet everyone loved the kebabs :-)
    happy new year Kimberly

    Rebeca

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  33. I would like to try that salad, it looks great. Happy new year to you and yours, and I look forward to some more great posts in 2011!

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  34. Wow, this looks amazing! Yum
    Happy New Year!

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  35. I wish I could have been at that bbq. Everything looks delicious, the perfect way to bring in the new year.

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