Source: The Culinary Institute of America | Category: Appetizers

Tunisian Spiced Chicken Skewers with Pomegranate Dressing, Dates, and Apples

Recipe developed at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) by Chef Instructor Brenda La Noue. See Chef Almir Da Fonseca prepare the recipe in the video below.

Tunisian Spiced Chicken Skewers with Pomegranate Dressing, Dates, and Apples


  • Chicken skewers
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 1 Tbsp coriander seeds, ground
  • 1 tsp caraway seeds
  • 1/4 tsp red hot pepper, ground
  • 1/4 tsp curry powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne or chili flakes
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1 lb chicken breast, cut 1 x 2 x 1/4 inch
  • Pomegranate dressing
  • 1 Tbsp shallot, minced
  • 2 Tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1 Tbsp pomegranate molasses
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • 6 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup arugula
  • 1/4 cup dates,1/4 inch slices
  • 2 apples,1/2 inch dice


  • 1. For the dressing: Combine the shallots and vinegar. Let sit for 5 minutes Add the pomegranate juice and molasses, lemon juice, and orange zest. Whisk in the canola oil. Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper.
  • 2. For the skewers: Mix all ingredients thoroughly and coat the meat well with the mixture. Marinate at least 2 hours before grilling. Skewer chicken.
  • 3. Grill over medium-high heat until the juices run clear.
  • 4. Place the arugula in a bowl and add the dates, apples, and salt. Add enough of the dressing to lightly coat. Place on a plate with 2 to 4 skewers of chicken. Drizzle some of remaining dressing around the plate.


4 portions

serving size

nutritional analysis

Total Fat33 g
Saturated Fat4 g
Cholesterol95 mg
Carbohydrates36 g
Fiber5 g
Sugars25 g
Protein37 g
Sodium240 mg
Potassium676 mg