Coriander Chicken Kebabs & Pomegranate Pistachio Salad

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes … all the great food, and presents!   I recently had the pleasure of being invited to do a cooking class for the beautiful blushing bride to be, Sony.  The hostess, Dana is one of my favorite clients.  She is a kind and  generous hostess who always has everything set out just perfectly.  She has a beautiful home – cozy and welcoming, aprons for the guests, wine glasses,  music playing, candles lit, and space in the fridge for all my stuff.  The first question she always has for me is, “Can I pour you a drink”?  For this party she was serving limoncello with champagne – do I have a great job or what?

We had decided on a menu that would include some “how to basics” for the new bride – easy appetizer, eggs, French toast, chicken, and homemade salad dressing.  The smiling bride-to-be jumped right in with her friends & new family and began cooking.  My favorite part of the day was listening to all the sisters talk about their mom and their happy memories of  big family dinners, breakfasts and elaborate holiday feasts.  Grandma claimed she had forgotten all the details, but there is something inside me that tells me she was being modest and was delighted that they all remembered.  It was a lovely day cooking alongside three generations of women as they celebrated and welcomed Sony into their family.
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Coriander Chicken Kebabs
Pomegranate Pistachio Salad with Oranges and Feta tossed in a Pomegranate Molasses Vinaigrette

Tips on Pomegranates
To remove tendrils- cut into fourths and soak in cold water for at least 30 minutes
Tap the skin with a wooden spoon – the seeds should fall out easily into a bowl
Pomegranate molasses is available at Middle Eastern Markets or is availableonline
Molasses may be substituted with pomegranate juice that has been reduced down over low heat into a syrup

Coriander Chicken Kebabs
makes 16 kebabs

1 pound ground chicken (leg and thigh meat)
1 small shallot –finely chopped
5 mint leaves-finely chopped
½ bunch of cilantro- trimmed from stems and finely chopped
2 teaspoons of freshly grated ginger root
2 cloves of garlic-minced
1 Tablespoon of pomegranate molasses
1 teaspoon Garam Masala
1 teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 egg white
16 skewers

• In a medium bowl combine all the ingredients and mix well
• Separate meat into 16- 1 ounce portions
• With the palm of your hand carefully press meat onto the end of the skewers to form kebabs, lay flat onto a lined baking sheet.
• Refrigerate kebabs for 15-20 minutes to allow them to set
• Preheat oven to 350 degrees
• Heat a nonstick griddle and lightly oil
• Cook kebabs for approximately 3-4 minutes on each side until golden
• Transfer to a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes or until done
• Serve Warm

Pomegranate Vinaigrette
makes 1/2 cup

¼ cup Pomegranate molasses
1 Tablespoon orange vinegar or balsamic
Zest of 1 Orange
1 Tablespoon Honey
1 Small Shallot- finely chopped
1 Teaspoon Dijon Mustard
1 Garlic Clove – minced
½- ¾ Cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper

• In a small jar with a lid combine ingredients and shake well
•Serve at room temperature (the molasses will thicken and separate if refrigerated)

Pomegranate Pistachio Salad with Feta and Oranges
Serves 4

7 ounce bag of mixed baby greens
1/8 cup pomegranate tendrils
1/4 cup roasted salted shelled pistachios
1/4 cup crumbled dry feta cheese
2 oranges peeled and cut into supremes

  • Toss ingredients in a medium bowl and chill, serve with Pomegranate Vinaigrette
12 comments… add one
  • Chow and Chatter October 5, 2010, 2:49 am

    wow amazing food lucky ladies

  • Cherine October 5, 2010, 6:29 am

    The chicken kebabs look wonderful!

  • Nicole@ The Dirty Oven October 5, 2010, 12:46 pm

    What a great post and a great idea for a bridal shower. Looks like so much fun. I may have to break out these kebabs at the end of the month for my son's first birthday party. Thanks as always for a sharing. Love it!!!

  • theamerarabwife October 5, 2010, 2:25 pm

    This food looks wonderful. I'm especially excited to try this pomegranate salad, as it is pomegranate season right now. And I've never heard of a pomegranate vinaigrette before, but I can think of several things it would probably go very well with.

  • She's Cookin' October 5, 2010, 4:13 pm

    What a fantastic idea for a bridal shower! Limoncello with champagne sounds divine – you do have a wonderful job 🙂 Thanks for the pomegranate tips and I love the Indian inspired chicken kebabs, garam masala = delicious! Can you direct me to a Middle Eastern market in/around HB or CM area?

  • Faith October 5, 2010, 7:02 pm

    These look really fantastic! Definitely perfect party food. You definitely have an amazing job!

  • Renee Fontes October 5, 2010, 7:43 pm

    Love those cute aprons, and Grandma rocks! I vote to make limoncello a mandatory chef perk!

  • Pretty. Good. Food. October 6, 2010, 12:37 am

    Mmmmm, those kebabs look fantastic! I'm hungry now:)!

  • Lana October 9, 2010, 2:46 am

    Louise, you DO have an awesome job! Mine would be so much more tolerable if somebody would offer me a drink:)
    That menu sounds amazing. It is simple, based on fresh, seasonal ingredients, not to hard to execute, but it is not mundane and everyday food. Lucky bride!
    I just adore the photo of the pomegranate!
    Btw. I do all my produce (and a lot of meat) shopping at our local Persian store – the choices and prices are unbeatable.

  • ~ Chef Louise October 11, 2010, 2:52 am


  • vegetarianirvana October 12, 2010, 2:30 am

    You do have a great job. I teach as well and I am all smiles when I get ready for a class and pinch myself everytime!. I'll let you know when I am greeted with a drink!

  • Marla July 5, 2011, 2:03 pm

    Hi Louise! These kebabs on sticks are so fun.
    It is kebab week at Get Grillin'. Cookin' Canuck & I would love it if you linked up this recipe & any other kebabs you might have 🙂

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