Chicken Kebab

  • 25MINS
  • 1HR 30MINS
  • Serves 4
  • 347KCAL

Our slimming friendly Chicken Kebab is a fantastic substitute to the calorific late night takeaway and is great if you're counting calories or following a plan like Weight Watchers.

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories347
  • Carbs2g
  • Protein39g
  • Fat16g
  • Saturates5g
  • Sugars0.4g

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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know in the blurb!

Although it may seem like a bit of a faff for some chicken marinaded in fat free yoghurt and spices, we promise that this Chicken Kebab is totally worth it!

The kebabs from your local takeaway are not only full of calories, but can often be quite dry, which is so disappointing when you’re craving one!  The chicken in our Chicken Kebabs will come out beautifully moist and full of flavour – and much lower on calories and Points too.

This Chicken Kebab recipe is super versatile and we love it served with rice or in a wholemeal pitta with lots of salad!

What diets is this Chicken Kebab suitable for?

This Chicken Kebab recipe is suitable if you’re following a gluten free diet.

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Chicken Kebab recipe?

Weight Watchers’ new PersonalPoints plan calculates each individual’s Points allowance based on their unique food preferences and goals. This means we’re no longer able to offer exact WW points for our recipes.

The good news is that all of our recipes are still Weight Watchers friendly! If you have any questions about your Points budgets or you’re unsure how a certain recipe will fit into your plan, please reach out to Weight Watchers directly.

Do you need any special ingredients or equipment to make this Chicken Kebab?

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You shouldn’t have to go out and buy any special ingredients for this recipe. All the spices used are pretty popular so you’ll probably have them in the cupboard already.

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You can find these wooden skewers on Amazon.

A sturdy, good quality baking tray is useful for this recipe, and a good one will last for years!

How many calories are in this Chicken Kebab?

There are 347 calories in each portion of our slimming friendly Chicken Kebab which means it falls into our Everyday Light recipe category.

This Chicken Kebab is perfect if you’re counting calories, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Mix all the ingredients (except the chicken) in a large bowl.

Step 2

Add the chicken and mix well, ensuring it is all coated well.

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Step 3

Cover with cling film and refrigerate for a couple of hours.

Step 4

Cut the end off the potato or peeled onion and insert 3 skewers

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Step 5

Thread each marinated chicken thigh on to the skewers, pressing each one down firmly.

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Step 6

Stand the assembled skewer upright on a baking tray and cook for 1.5 hours at 180°C.

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Step 7

Remove from the oven and allow to rest for a few minutes, then slice and serve.

Chicken Kebab - Pinch of Nom Slimming RecipesWhat should you should serve with this Chicken Kebab?

Any of the following go really well with this Chicken Kebab recipe. It’s one of those dishes that goes with pretty much anything and it’s so hearty that it can, of course, be eaten on its own!

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Whatever accompaniment you choose, don’t forget to account for the extra calories and/or other nutritional values.

How do you know when this Chicken Kebab is cooked?

You should cook this Chicken Kebab until the juices run clear when you prick the chicken.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep this Chicken Kebab in the fridge?

Once you’ve cooked this recipe, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any left overs to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill.  You can keep this Chicken Kebab in the fridge for approximately 2 or 3 days.

Can I freeze this Chicken Kebab?

This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer! Unless you fancy mystery food for dinner haha.

How do I reheat this Chicken Kebab?

From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for a few minutes until piping hot.

From frozen: Allow to defrost in the fridge, and heat covered in the microwave for a few minutes until piping hot.

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Chicken Kebab

Our slimming friendly Chicken Kebab is a fantastic substitute to the calorific late night takeaway and is great if you're counting calories or following a plan like Weight Watchers.
  • Prep Time
    25 MINS
  • Cook Time
    1 HR 30
  • KCals 347
  • Carbs 2G

Ingredients

  • 9 chicken thighs skin and bone removed
  • 200 ml fat free natural yogurt
  • 1 tbsp garam masala or curry powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 lemon juice only
  • 1 onion or potato, whole

We use a fan assisted oven for all of our recipes. Check out our oven temperature conversion guide.

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Instructions

  1. Mix all the ingredients (except the chicken) in a large bowl
  2. Add the chicken and mix well, ensuring it is all coated well
  3. Cover with cling film and refrigerate for a couple of hours
  4. Cut the end off the potato or peeled onion insert 3 skewers
  5. Thread each marinated chicken thigh on to the skewers, pressing each one down firmly
  6. Stand the assembled skewer upright on a baking tray and cook for 1.5 hours at 180°C
  7. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for a few minutes, then slice and serve

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SarahSaturday 26th November 2022

Has anyone tried cooking this in an airfryer (obviously without the skewers)

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    HollyMonday 28th November 2022

    Hey Sarah, this recipe should work great in an air-fryer, we have a conversion guide HERE which you may find helpful!

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anthony payneFriday 4th November 2022

High guys I’m gonna cook this for Boxing Day but will do a trail run first I’m doubling up on the ingredients so do I need to double up on the cooking time ??

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    SharonWednesday 9th November 2022

    Hi Anthony, if you want to double the amount of Chicken Kebab, I would recommend the following:
    Measure out the ingredients separately for each kebab and assemble as two kebabs. Then cook the two kebabs together (if your oven is large enough),for 1 1/2 hours as stated in the recipe. Then cut into the kebabs to check if they need further cooking. They will probably need longer so continue cooking, checking occasionally until completely cooked through. They shouldn’t need double the original cooking time.
    If you double up all the ingredients you will probably find the spices will be too strong. This is why you need to measure out the ingredients separately for each kebab.
    If you thread double the amount of chicken onto one skewer it will be difficult to cook through properly.
    Just make sure that the chicken is no longer pink inside and the juices run clear.
    Hope it goes well and enjoy the recipe!

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DanielleFriday 30th September 2022

Can I use chicken breasts instead of thighs? If so, how many breasts/grams for 4 servings?

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    HollyWednesday 5th October 2022

    Hey Danielle, yes you can swap the chicken thighs for chicken breasts. 800g chicken breast is approximately the same weight as 9 chicken thighs, hope that helps!

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Sandra HillThursday 7th July 2022

Could this be cooked on a campfire?

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    SharonFriday 8th July 2022

    Hi Sandra, unlike an oven, campfires have an extreme uncontrollable heat so it’s likely this large kebab would burn on the outside before it’s properly cooked on the inside, so we can’t recommend it.You could cut the chicken into cubes about 3cm in size, marinate and thread them onto individual metal or wooden skewers (soak wooden skewers in water first to stop them burning).Then place them on a rack over the fire.This would reduce the cooking time to approximately 35 minutes.We haven’t tested this so the timing is only an estimation and you would need to make sure the chicken is thoroughly cooked through, there is no sign of pinkness inside and the juices run clear. Standard advice here in the UK is to cook your food until it’s reached 70ºC and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.You could use a food thermometer with a probe to be absolutely sure if you wish. Do hope this helps

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AndieSunday 29th May 2022

Made this for tea last night, it was in the oven, gas 4, for almost two and half hours, the last half hour, I split the thighs down into a single layer on the tray, just to get them to cook properly! The potato was still quite hard too! Any ideas?

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    SharonTuesday 31st May 2022

    Hi Andie, all our oven temperatures are fan oven temperatures.This Chicken Kebab recipe cooks at 180ºC which is the fan oven temperature, for 1 1/2 hours. This is equal to gas mark 6. If you cooked it at gas mark 4 your oven temperature is too low and this would explain why yours took so long to cook. We have a handy conversion chart for oven temperatures here: Oven Temperature Conversion Guide Hope this helps!

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      AndieTuesday 31st May 2022

      Thanks, that would explain it….

      SharonTuesday 31st May 2022

      Hi Andie, you’re welcome, hope you give the recipe another go, it’s a very popular one.Thanks for getting in touch.

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