Vindaloo Chicken Skewers

19 Sep

This is not a traditional Goan recipe. After I tested this recipe I thought of checking Google to see how many recipes I could find for Vindaloo Chicken Skewers and I was surprised to find not too many yay!


Vindaloo Chicken Skewers with Goan Salad

I wanted to make something with vindaloo curry paste other than just chicken vindaloo curry. The Goan in me only knows of Pork vindaloo, to think out of the box is a challenge. This whole week I have tried to think what would make for a good dipping sauce. Most people are used to a yogurt based sauce with Indian grilling. Goa is a state that hardly uses yogurt in cooking so I just could not think of any proper dipping sauce. Yogurt tends to overtake the spice flavors. To make up for the lack of a sauce I decided to sweeten the marinade. And guess what… I was totally surprised with the outcome. And my best/worst critic gave me a thumbs upΒ  πŸ˜‰


This blog post has 2 recipes today the second being the famous Goan salad that I grew up eating. The dressing was always the same we never had seen any other salad dressings till I came to the US. The basic salad is made with cabbage, carrots, onions. tomatoes, vinegar and oil is an option. I skipped the olive oil as I wanted to cut the calories. Sometimes simplicity just cannot be beat. So I would challenge you to try this very simplistic recipe at-least for once’s :-).

Prep work for the skewers:

1) If you want your meats to be well-flavored then my HUMBLE advice is to marinate the meat over-nite.

2) Refrigerate the meat in an air-tight glass container like a Pyrex, as it can stain plastic tupperware and it has aΒ  strong smell of the vinegar, ginger-garlic paste.

3) Soak the skewers in water for a couple of hours so that they do not get burnt specially if you are using a fire grill.


Serving size : 4


  • 2 lbs of chicken breast
  • 2-3 tbsp of vindaloo curry paste
  • 2 tbsp of seasoned vinegar
  • 2 tsp of sugar
  • 2 tbsp of fresh ginger garlic paste
  • salt to taste


  • Wash the meat and butterfly the breast, place the meat between parchment paper and lightly tenderize the meat. Cut them into 4 strip each.
  • Mix the vindaloo paste, sugar, vinegar, ginger-garlic paste to form a marinade. Season the chicken with salt, apply the marinade and store it in the refrigerator overnight in a air tight glass container.
  • Heat the grill either wood, gas or electric.
  • Skewer the meat about 8 skewers in total.
  • Brush it with some oil and grill the skewers for 4-5 minutes on each side. I like my meats well done. If you like it just done then for 2-3 minutes on each side.


Serve as a side with rice or with a nice Goan salad.

Goan Salad Recipe


Goan Salad

Serving Size: 4


  • 2 cups of shredded cabbage
  • 1 cup of shredded carrots
  • 1/2 medium onion finely sliced
  • 1/2 jalapeno diced finely
  • 3 tbsp of seasoned or any vinegar
  • 1 medium tomato diced (optional)
  • 1 tbsp oil (optional)
  • 1 1/2 tsp of sugar
  • 7-9 sprigs of chopped cilantro
  • salt to taste



  • In a mixing bowl add vinegar, sugar, diced jalapeno, salt and whisk it.
  • Mix the cabbage and sliced onions together and pour about 3/4 the amount of dressing and mix it well.
  • Pour the rest of dressing into the grated carrots.
  • On a serving plate lay the cabbage first. Next lay the carrots. DecorateΒ  with chopped tomatoes and cilantro.

43 Responses to “Vindaloo Chicken Skewers”

  1. simplydelish September 19, 2014 at 5:23 pm #

    Yum! Your dish looks delicious, I have never heard of vindaloo but it sounds nice

    • Nandini September 19, 2014 at 5:35 pm #

      Thank you so much! It tasted really good :-). If you like spicy foods then I think you may like vindaloo.

  2. Ted Luoma September 19, 2014 at 6:14 pm #

    That really looks amazing.

    • Nandini September 19, 2014 at 6:32 pm #

      Thank you Ted πŸ™‚

  3. "Cheffie Cooks" September 19, 2014 at 7:39 pm #

    Oh my Nandini, this sounds so good. I can see using pork as well. Wonderful! Have a great weekend! Cheryl.

    • Nandini September 19, 2014 at 7:50 pm #

      Thank you Cheryl, that is kind of you πŸ™‚ It will work with any meat, tofu or seafood. You too have a great weekend.

  4. Sandhya September 19, 2014 at 7:50 pm #

    Love both the dishes! I have never had the Goan salad. will definitely make it!

    • Nandini September 19, 2014 at 9:08 pm #

      Thank you so much Sandhya! You have to try the Goan Salad, I am sure you will love it πŸ™‚

  5. prairiepalate September 19, 2014 at 9:47 pm #

    That chicken looks so good!

    • Nandini September 19, 2014 at 10:33 pm #

      Thank you Rebecca πŸ™‚

  6. Daring to Dream it September 19, 2014 at 10:39 pm #

    I want to try this.. I can’t wait. Unfortunately my mom does not like spice. 😦

    • Nandini September 20, 2014 at 9:25 am #

      It’s not easy to make that transition when you get older. My parent too have cut down on spices totally even though they grew up eating it.

  7. noodlesforthoughts September 19, 2014 at 11:19 pm #

    have heard so much of vindaloo.. wanna try with cottage cheese/paneer


    • Nandini September 20, 2014 at 9:17 am #

      You should give it a try πŸ™‚

  8. My Masala Life September 19, 2014 at 11:34 pm #

    Omg I am drooling over this

    • Nandini September 20, 2014 at 9:18 am #

      πŸ™‚ Thank you Tina!

  9. Loretta September 20, 2014 at 10:29 am #

    Great Nandini, you were able to transform that dish pretty well. I don’t think I’ve heard of that Goan salad? It sure sounds good, perhaps I have tried it, and forgot about it? Will definitely give it a go.

    • Nandini September 20, 2014 at 4:33 pm #

      Thanks Loretta πŸ™‚ If you have been to Goa I am sure you may have had it. Goan salad is not fancy at all but after all the different salad dressing available in the market it’s a good change. Tc n Regards

  10. dragonflyhome September 20, 2014 at 11:41 am #

    That salad looks so good!

    • Nandini September 20, 2014 at 4:36 pm #

      Thank you so much Jenny, I hope you give it a try πŸ™‚

  11. kvwalter September 20, 2014 at 5:25 pm #

    This salad will be terrific for alot of my clients – thanks for the post! Can’t wait to try the chicken.

    • Nandini September 21, 2014 at 8:50 am #

      That is awesome Kim…it is a very healthy salad πŸ™‚

  12. camparigirl September 20, 2014 at 5:40 pm #

    That chicken looks cooked to perfection!

    • Nandini September 21, 2014 at 8:51 am #

      Thank You so much πŸ™‚

  13. karimagadalla September 21, 2014 at 1:04 am #

    This looks yummy, definitely going to try it! Great blog!

    • Nandini September 21, 2014 at 8:53 am #

      Thank you Karima, appreciate your kind words πŸ™‚

  14. nofiltereditors September 21, 2014 at 10:28 am #

    I really like the pairing of the skewers with something lighter, like a salad. For people who can’t tolerate very spicy food, is there a milder vindaloo you would recommend?

    • Nandini September 21, 2014 at 2:00 pm #

      Thank you for your kind words :-). The only option I can think of without losing much of the flavor is to thin out the curry paste with vinegar, ginger-garlic paste and some ketchup. Which I have done in the past a couple of times. Hope this helps.

  15. naturalhealthstar September 22, 2014 at 8:28 am #

    The salad looks amazing. Can’t wait to try that. I don’t eat meat but know my family would love the chicken, an looks so simple to make which is always good for busy mums like me. Best of all it’s healthy.

    • Nandini September 22, 2014 at 11:21 am #

      Thank You! yes it is a healthy meal and I hope you will enjoy the salad as much as I do πŸ™‚

  16. The Weekend Baker September 22, 2014 at 2:57 pm #

    What a super idea! Vindaloo skewers!! Can’t wait to try these.

    • Nandini September 22, 2014 at 7:28 pm #

      Thank You….I hope you enjoy it as much as I did πŸ™‚

  17. NoΓ©mie's Kitchen September 24, 2014 at 5:39 am #

    Dear Nandini,
    you were the first one to follow my blog and it made me feel so good that day I receive the notification of my first follower, especially someone with such a nice blog posting great recipes! I therefore nominate you for One Lovely Blog Award. Thank you for your support, Noemie

    • Nandini September 24, 2014 at 11:30 am #

      Noemie, Thank you sooo much for your award and for such kind words, I am really touched. I am happy to know I was your first follower :-). Wishing you much success.

  18. Shelby September 25, 2014 at 4:39 pm #

    Your recipes, look amazing!! I can’t wait to try this

    • Nandini September 25, 2014 at 4:56 pm #

      Thank you Shelby! That will make me so happy πŸ™‚

  19. Gemma Ptolemy September 27, 2014 at 10:30 am #

    What spices are in the curry paste? I’d like to try to make it at home if I have the supplies.

  20. October 26, 2014 at 8:12 am #

    This chicken looks delicious! πŸ™‚

    • Nandini October 26, 2014 at 4:07 pm #

      Thank’s a lot πŸ™‚

  21. wwwpalfitness February 19, 2016 at 10:29 pm #

    Reblogged this on wwwpalfitness.

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