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Karen's Iraqi Seasoning Spice Blend on perfectly cooked grilled chicken over naan bread

Fabulous Iraqi Grilled Chicken with Iraqi Pesto and Preserved Lemon Relish

Capturing the essence and flavor of the region – start with my Iraqi Seasoning Spice Blend for the most delicious meal you will want to make over and over again!

Karen's Iraqi Seasoning Spice Blend on perfectly cooked grilled chicken over naan bread
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Karen's Iraqi Seasoning Spice Blend on perfectly cooked grilled chicken over naan bread

Fabulous Iraqi Grilled Chicken with Iraqi Pesto and Preserved Lemon Relish

Iraqi Seasonings is the new quintessential spice blend to add immense flavor! Added to chicken and grilled, the essence explodes with warm and pungent notes. I'm serving the chicken over naan bread adding vegetables, Iraqi Pesto and a Preserved Lemon Relish.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
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Ingredients

  • 1.75 pounds chicken thighs cleaned, dried, fat removed; cut into 1" strips
  • 3 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil divided
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 large cloves fresh garlic peeled, finely grated or minced
  • 2 tablespoons Karen's Iraqi Seasoning Spice Blend see recipe
  • 1 cup sliced vegetables of your choice I used eggplant & red pepper
  • 2 whole naan breads purchase or see recipe
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  • Add chicken to a large bowl. Add ONE tablespoon olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and Iraqi Seasoning Blend. Mix all, cover and refirgerate 2 hours, or overnight.
  • Cut vegetables into strips, 3/4" for the peppers, 1/2 inch for the eggplant. Add to a bowl with ONE tablespoon olive oil, a pinch of seasoning and a pinch of salt; mix in.
  • Heat a grill to medium- high heat. I add natural soaked smoking chips for extra flavor. Cook the vegetables until lightly charred and tender crisp, about 10 minutes, turning; add to a clean plate or platter.
  • Brush the grill with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Season the chicken with 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, mix in.
    Add the chicken to the hot grill and let cook, develop color and blacken a bit, then turn with tongs. Continue cooking until the chicken has great color and has cooked through; add to the plate. Total time approximately 10 minutes. Sprinkle with sea salt if desired.
  • To serve:
    Warm naan bread in oven or on the grill a few minutes; cut in half. Place on piece of naan on each of four plates - top with warm chicken and vegetables.
    Brush bread, chicken & vegetables with Iraqi Pesto. Sprinkle fresh thyme over all.
    Serve Preserved Lemon relish on the side and any extra Iraqi Pesto.

Notes

SEE RECIPE: Iraqi Seasoning Spice Blend 
Iraqi Pesto: Warm 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil in a small skillet. Add 1/2 teaspoon Iraqi Seasoning Blend and stir. Add all to a 4 cup food processor with 1/8 teaspoon sea salt, 1/4 cup parsley and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Pulse pesto until smooth.
Preserved Lemon Relish: Cut 1/4 cup preserved lemons into a small dice. Add 1 tablespoon of minced fresh radish - I used watermelon radish. Add 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice and 1 teaspoon olive oil; mix well. 
This recipe may not be reproduced without the consent of its author, Karen Sheer. 
COURSE: Global Cooking, Gluten Free, Main Course
CUISINE: Iraqi
KEYWORDS: Iraqi cuisine, Iraqi grilled chicken, Iraqi seasoning
Nutrition Facts
Fabulous Iraqi Grilled Chicken with Iraqi Pesto and Preserved Lemon Relish
Amount per Serving
Calories
361
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
19
g
29
%
Saturated Fat
 
4
g
25
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Cholesterol
 
189
mg
63
%
Sodium
 
474
mg
21
%
Potassium
 
651
mg
19
%
Carbohydrates
 
8
g
3
%
Fiber
 
4
g
17
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
39
g
78
%
Vitamin A
 
296
IU
6
%
Vitamin C
 
6
mg
7
%
Calcium
 
151
mg
15
%
Iron
 
5
mg
28
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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