Royal Kebabs with Corn Fritters and Spicy Tomato Sauce

Royal Kebabs with Corn Fritters and Spicy Tomato Sauce

Serves 4

4 boneless chicken breasts, cubed

For the Marinade:
1 cup olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon piri piri sauce (available from specialist grocers and delicatessens)

For the Tomato Sauce:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves
1 (14 ounce) (400g) can tomatoes, chopped and juice reserved
2 sprigs of fresh thyme
2 red chilies
Salt to taste

For the Corn Fritters:
8 tablespoons butter
1 cup flour
1¼ cups milk
¼ pound sweetcorn
1 red chili seeded and chopped
1 green chili seeded and chopped
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh gingerroot
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped celery leaves
Salt to taste
Flour for dredging

Mix together the marinade ingredients and add the chicken. Marinate for at least 2 hours.
To make the tomato sauce, heat the oil in a wok or large pan, add the onion and cook gently until it begins to color. Add the garlic and cook for a minute or so. Add the tomatoes, thyme and chilies and season with salt. Simmer for about 20 minutes.
To make the corn fritters, melt the butter in a pan, stir in the flour and cook gently for 1-2 minutes. Stir in the milk gradually and cook until you have a very thick paste. Mix in the sweetcorn, chilies, ginger, garlic, celery, and salt. Cool slightly, then form into round cakes and dredge with flour. Heat some oil in a pan and gently fry the fritters for about 5 minutes on each side, until golden.
Meanwhile thread the chicken onto skewers and grill or barbecue, turning often, for 10-15 minutes. Serve with the corn fritters and spicy tomato sauce.
Piri piri is a Portugese hot sauce. If you are unable to find any you can make your own. This will keep at least six months.

Piri Piri Sauce
2 to 6 dried hot red peppers (depending on hotness and personal taste)
1 teaspoon kosher or coarse salt
1 cup olive oil
1/3 cup cider vinegar
Chop the peppers finely and mix well with everything else in a small jar. Shake the sauce each time you use it.