Our Top Homemade Kebab Recipes
Whether they’re served on a skewer, shredded, or loaded with veggies in a pitta, their mouth-watering marinades and saucy drizzles mean that kebabs come loaded with flavour worth craving. While they’re great for now and again, takeaway kebabs tend to be on the heavier side of the calorie-counter.
From Doner to Tandoori to Gyros to Seekh, we’ve found ways you can bring your top picks from the takeaway menu home, without going off track. Some of our recipes are so low in calories, you’ll have room in your allowance for tasty side dishes too.
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Our top chicken kebabs
Want to introduce kebabs to the family but worried about fussy eaters around the dinner table? Marinated in spices and cooled down with fat-free yoghurt, our Chicken Kebab is the ideal recipe to start with. We love to serve ours bundled in a low calorie, wholemeal pitta, but it’s just as good alongside a plateful of rice and salad too!
Our favourite thing about this recipe is the clever cooking method. To keep our chicken pieces nice and moist (there’s nothing more disappointing than dry kebab meat!), we use a potato or onion as a base with 3 skewers inserted.
To make sure our Chicken Gyros Kebabs are moist and tasty, we bathe our chicken breasts in a creamy, homemade marinade and pack them tightly onto skewers. They’re then flipped on the BBQ or baked for an hour and a half (they’ll take a little longer to bake in the oven) – trust us, they’re more than worth the wait!
Once the skewered chicken is cooked through, slice it fresh from the skewer straight onto a bed of slimming friendly fries and salad. Don’t mind if we do!
Just like Gyros, our Chicken Souvlaki and Tzatziki recipe brings us all the flavours of a sunny, Mediterranean holiday; especially when it’s served up beside a light, vibrant Greek Salad. Fuss-free to make and super delicious, there’s no doubt this one will turn heads at family get-togethers around the grill.
Simply prep your spice mix, leave it to sit in the fridge, and let the flavours do all the work for you. When the chicken’s good to go, skewer and griddle until tender and juicy.
Not only is our souvlaki marinade homemade, our refreshing Tzatziki dip is too. You’ll definitely want a generous drizzle of this zesty yoghurt on your plate.
As with all the tastiest kebab recipes, the secret to our Chicken Tandoori Kebabs is in the marinating (the longer, the better!). We leave our diced chicken to soak up a blend of tandoori curry powder, zesty garlic, lemon juice and fat-free yoghurt for a minimum of 4 hours or overnight.
Once the mouth-watering flavours have mingled, add your chicken pieces to skewers. We prefer to use flat, stainless steel skewers like these as they’ll stay nice and steady in the oven – so your chicken will be evenly cooked.
We’d recommend serving this one up with a fiery portion of Indian Fried Rice to fill out your Indian-inspired spread. You can also batch cook both of these recipes, so you’ll have a readymade Friday night dinner waiting in the freezer for next time. Ideal!
Still not sure which flavours to try for dinner tonight? Sweet, sour and salty all at once, our Chicken Teriyaki Kebabs recipe has a little something for everyone. With yet another healthy, homemade marinade, you can bring all the flavours to your dish for only 195 calories per skewer.
We use signature soy sauce, sweetener and chilli flakes to bring our Teriyaki coating together. You can always add a heavier sprinkling of chilli flakes into the mix if you’re feeling brave.
We’d serve this feast up on a bed of fluffy rice – don’t forget to garnish with lemon or lime wedges so you can drizzle them with a hint of citrus. Delish!
Feeling inspired to get your grill on? You can find even more BBQ recipe inspiration here.
Our top beef and lamb kebabs
Did someone say family Fakeaway night? Juicy and lean, our Seekh Kebabs recipe is a cracking way to start out a slimming friendly spread of Indian inspired street food flavours. Whether you enjoy them as a starter or a side dish, we’ve made sure these kebabs are much lower in fat than takeaway versions by using 5% fat beef mince.
We love how family-friendly these ones are to make. Why not invite everybody to have a go at kneading and shaping their own kebab? We’d recommend using a mild spice powder for the little ones, but you can always add an extra kick of chilli for the big kids!
If aromatic seekh flavours are a winner in your house, the whole family’s bound to be all over our Seekh Kebab Rolls recipe too. Our spice-filled version of a sausage roll, we can’t promise these won’t all disappear in a flash (they’re that good!).
Made for sharing and only 293 calories per crispy roll, there’s definitely space in your calorie budget to lay these on the table with a tasty hummus dip.
You can find this recipe in your copy of our second cookbook, Pinch of Nom: Everyday Light – where all the recipes inside are 400 calories or less, sides included!
Lamb with mint is a dreamy combo on any roast dinner plate, so we had to pair them up for our fresh and succulent Minted Lamb Kebabs recipe. To make the most of the minty marinade, it’s best to let the lamb rest in the fridge before cooking for around 20 minutes.
The best part about this tasty lamb lunch or dinner is they’re nice and quick to rustle up – once they’re on the grill, they only need 10 minutes before they’re good to go. If you use bamboo skewers, just be sure to soak them in water first to prevent them from burning or sticking to the grill.
To make these fun to look at, as well as fun for your tastebuds, add some colour to your plate with a garnish of lemon wedges and fresh mint.
Fancy coming home to a Fakeaway? With our legendary Doner Kebab recipe, you can! The key to this recipe is in slow-cooking the flavours, so you can throw the ingredients into the pot before work and have your favourite feast ready and waiting for you when you get back. How good is that?
While shop-bought doner meat might be high in calories, we’ve used a minced beef swap to make sure it satisfies your cravings for only 170 calories per serving (we’ll have ours with a side salad and chips, please – and don’t forget the sauce!).
Ready to rustle up a slimming friendly kebab recipe at home?
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