Sosaties is nothing more than meat on a stick or kebabs.  You can use beef, lamb or chicken but today I am sharing my curried chicken sosaties with you, a real South African treat!

Anything that can be made in advance I see a bonus, it gives me time to actually relax on the day, have a drink and spend time with friends and family.

This recipe is adapted from

Bon appetite!

You’ll need

  • You'll need for the chicken marinate
  • 4 Boneless chicken breasts cut into +/- 3cm cubes
  • 2 Tbs Brown sugar
  • 1½ Tbs Curry powder (I use hot curry powder, but medium will also work)
  • 1 Tbs Cumin seeds, toasted and crushed
  • 1 Tbs Coriander seeds, toasted and crushed
  • 1 Tbs Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • For the apricot, green pepper and onion marinade
  • Large red onions, cut into cubes similar size of apricots
  • 400g Dried apricots
  • 2 Green peppers, cut into cubes similar to the apricots
  • 250ml Red wine
  • 125ml Red wine Vinegar
  • 1 Tbs Brown sugar
  • 125ml Olive oil
  • 2 Tbs Apricot jam or fruit chutney
  • Salt and pepper for seasoning
  • Metal or bamboo skewers


  1. Cube the chicken and place in a bowl. Toast the cumin and coriander seeds together and crush. Mix together the brown sugar; curry powder, cinnamon, cumin, coriander, salt and pepper. Mix in with the chicken, cover and marinate overnight.
  2. Place the apricots, cubed onions and green peppers also in a bowl. Add the red wine, red wine vinegar and olive oil. Mix together, cover and marinate overnight.
  3. If you are using bamboo skewers, soak them in water beforehand to prevent them from catching fire.
  4. Start threading the chicken, onion, green pepper and apricots onto the skewer. About 4 repeats of this pattern should be enough per skewer.
  5. Heat the leftover marinade in a saucepan. Add the remaining sugar and apricot jam, stir until it thickens. Remove from heat, season with salt and pepper and set aside.
  6. Grill the sosaties on a medium-low heat over the coals, turning every 5 minutes until golden brown and cooked through. This should take about 20 minutes. Be careful not to overcook the sosaties, the chicken will become dry!
  7. Remove from heat and brush over the marinate.

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