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Awaken your little ones taste buds with these flavoursome recipes for toddlers and beyond from Piccolo

By Piccolo’s Infant Nutrition Specialist Alice Fotheringham

Marinated Chicken skewers with creamy herby dip

Whether or not it’s barbeque weather where you are, these Mediterranean inspired skewers bring the feeling of summer to your family dinner table and make a great sharing platter with a mix of salads and toasted pittas.

Suitable from 1 year
Serves 8
Preparation: 30 minutes
Cooking: 15 minutes

Ingredients

For the marinated Chicken:
5 garlic cloves, crushed
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon allspice
Salt and pepper
5 tbsp olive oil, divided
8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup (optional)
Juice of ½ lime

For the Herby Green Yogurt Sauce:
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 ripe avocado
large handful chopped fresh dill, stems removed
handful parsley, chopped
200ml Greek yogurt
1 tbsp olive oil
Juice of 1/2 lime
Pinch cayenne pepper, optional
Salt, if needed

Method

1/ First marinade the chicken. Make the marinade by blending together all the ingredients.
Cut the chicken into chunks. Place in a large ziplock plastic bag or bowl.

2/ Reserve a little of the marinating sauce to brush the chicken with later. Pour the remaining sauce into the bag or bowl with the chicken. Seal or cover the mixture and refrigerate as long as you can, minimum 2 hours, but overnight is best.

3/ Soak the wooden skewers in water while preparing the dipping sauce.

4/ To make the sauce, combine the garlic, herbs, yogurt, olive oil, lime juice and cayenne pepper in a food processor. Blend until all the ingredients are well mixed into a smooth thick sauce. Test and add salt if needed. Transfer to a small bowl or container, cover and refrigerate.

5/ When you’re ready to grill, preheat the grill on medium high for 5-10 minutes and oil the grates. Meanwhile, drain off the marinade and place the chicken pieces on skewers.

6/ Place the chicken on the hot grill, cover and cook for 3-4 minutes. Brush with reserved sauce and flip. Repeat this process until you see that the chicken is browned to your liking and fully cooked.

7/ Serve with the sauce and a green salad, pitta or some cooked rice.

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