Chicken Boti Kabab is a dish from my homeland, Afghanistan. The dish’s name means “Baked Chicken on a Stick.”
It is a traditional Afghan street food made by deep-frying chicken pieces and then putting them on skewers threaded through the meat.
The pieces of chicken can be dipped in a sauce, including yogurt or ketchup, before serving, and this allows for a quick-cooking time by removing the need to fry and reheat multiple times while cooking. Chicken Boti Kabab is typically done with pita bread and tahini sauce.
What Is Boti Kabab?
Chicken Boti Kabab is a street food that is very popular in Afghanistan and many other countries of the Middle East. The dish consists of chicken pieces that are on vertical skewers or sticks.
The chicken sticks are then fried using oil and then cut up into smaller pieces along with vegetables such as potatoes, onions, cauliflower, and other vegetables that can be found in the area where the dish originates from.
How To Make Chicken Boti Kabab?
- 2 lbs. chicken breast
- 2 cups yogurt
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- salt and pepper to taste
Step 1: Take 2 lbs. of chicken breast and cut it into bite-size pieces. Then marinate it in yogurt overnight. Next, take your pouch of marinated chicken (I usually do this a day or two ahead) and boil it until cooked through.
Step 2: Now that your chicken is boiled and cooked through, you can go ahead and put it back in the yogurt marinade to keep it nice and moist.
Step 3: Prepare your skewers using a length of wood or a wooden skewer that is at least the diameter of the meat (which will be about 1/2 inch). Lay down one piece of chicken on each skewer. The chicken should have a row of bites on each skewer to avoid falling off.
Step 4: Take a large pot and fill it with olive oil. Heat the oil to a temperature of 350-400 degrees. Then, lower the temperature to 300-350 degrees to cook the chicken.
Be sure only to fry chicken on one side to stay moist when they are cooked. Deep frying is fairly time-consuming, and I don’t think even my mother has time for that every night.
Step 5: Once your chicken is brown and crispy, take it out of the oil and allow it to cool on a plate lined with paper towels.
Step 6: Now, you can put the chicken on a grill to cook it further so that it’s nice and warm when you serve it. This is an optional step. Serve the chicken with yogurt or ketchup if desired. Enjoy!
6 Incredible Health Benefits of Chicken Boti Kabab
1. Chicken Boti Kabab is Gluten Free
Chicken Boti Kabab is gluten-free. Gluten is a protein found in some grains, primarily wheat, rye, and barley. It gives elasticity to the dough, which makes it easier to work with. The gluten in the flour and the starch allow the bread dough to rise, become fluffy, and give the bread a chewy texture.
Because the dough is not as thick or dense as wheat flour, chicken Boti Kabab dough can become soft like bread.
2. Chicken Boti Kabab is Kosher
Chicken Boti Kabab is Kosher. It is made with chicken breast, meat considered kosher because its blood comes from animals slaughtered by a method specified by Jewish law and approved by Orthodoxy rabbis.
The flour used to bread the chicken is kosher because it’s produced under strict supervision by rabbis to ensure that the product adheres to Jewish law. For example, the flour must not be made from wheat that has been combined with other grains.
3. Chicken Boti Kabab is Low Calorie
Chicken Boti Kabab is low in calories, making it a healthy food choice. In the United States, an ounce of chicken breast meat equals 100 calories.
In comparison, a medium-sized chicken Boti Kabab skewer will have around 150 calories. Apart from being low in calories, the taste is great, and you’ll love it!
4. Chicken Boti Kabab Stops Diabetes
The high protein content of all foods we consume fights blood sugar and insulin resistance. So, eating foods with a high protein content promotes healthy blood sugar control.
The high protein in chicken Boti Kabab skewer is packed with more than 75 percent of your daily recommended protein value and provides an abundance of other minerals and vitamins.
5. Chicken Boti Kabab Supports Heart Health
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, responsible for over one-third of all fatalities. Chicken Boti Kabab is a healthy food due to flavonoids such as quercetin.
Flavonoids are powerful antioxidants that help guard against heart disease by preventing LDL cholesterol oxidation and reducing blood-clotting while raising HDL cholesterol levels.
6. Chicken Boti Kabab Can Help Prevent Cancer
It is believed that the antioxidant-rich diet is good for preventing cancer and overall health. Studies have shown that the flavonoids in vegetables and fruits can help prevent cancer.
Studies have also indicated that the anti-inflammatory effects of quercetin help reduce the risk of cancer.
Why Is It Called Boti Kebab?
The name ‘but’ is a Persian word that means a skewer or stick. In most Middle Eastern countries where the dish is served, it is garnished with pita bread stuffed with tahini sauce. Sometimes, the chicken is served on ketchup, making an excellent sandwich.
Have Any Side Effects To Eat Chicken Boti Kabab?
If you are allergic to any of the ingredients used to make Chicken Boti Kabab, you should avoid eating it. The same rule applies if you are pregnant or lactating. Chicken Boti Kabab is considered a moderate source of cholesterol.
Too much consumption of this food may cause health problems such as blood clots and heart disease. This dish may also be high in sodium due to the preservative used during cooking.
How To Store Chicken Boti Kabab?
You need to store Chicken Boti Kabab in an air-tight container and place it in a refrigerator. If you are not planning to cook it immediately, try freezing the meat.
This way, you can use it at any time. But remember to thaw the meat completely before cooking and at room temperature before eating it.
Chicken Boti Kabab is a delicious, easy, low-fat way to prepare chicken. The dish can be prepared quickly and has many health benefits due to its ingredients. The best part is that you can easily make it at home if you have some skewers. I hope this post has been helpful for you to make your chicken Boti Kabab.