Chicken Kebab

  • 25MINS
  • 1HR 30MINS
  • 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

Chicken Kebab - Pinch of Nom Slimming Recipes

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?

  • You need to count 8 Points per portion of this Chicken Kebab recipe if you’re on WW Green.
  • You need to count 8 Points per portion of this Chicken Kebab recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 8 Points per portion of this Chicken Kebab recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

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

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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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  • 35MINS
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  • 20MINS
  • 448KCal

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
  • WW
    8 Smart
    Points
  • KCals 347
  • Carbs 2G
  • WW Points:
  • 8 Green
  • 8 Blue
  • 8 Purple

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

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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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MaireadSaturday 21st April 2018

How do you stop it from falling over ????
Made it twice now but it always falls

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KatieWednesday 18th April 2018

Hi can I put the chicken on a baking tray to cook in the oven rather than making a tower
Thanks

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Dean WilliamsTuesday 10th April 2018

Hi, I’ve read from a few people on this thread that their kebab keeps falling over? I use half a Swede for the base and it’s not fallen over once in more than 10 attempts. We love this recipe, it’s become our favourite s.w dish

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joSunday 8th April 2018

Hi there great recipe … Thanks ???? but where is the video?

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EllieThursday 5th April 2018

This is the best thing i have ever cooked – slimming or not! Absolutely recommend this delicious recipe. Although we split 8 thighs between 2 ????

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Angie BakerWednesday 28th March 2018

His many grams is 200ml of yoghurt please x

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Rebecca whiteMonday 19th March 2018

Just made this with a kilo of thighs so not quite as many as your receipe and had to spit into two towers as only had cocktail sticks, I think I might have to reduce the cooking time it would be helpful if you advised what shelf to put it on

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SandraMonday 19th March 2018

If I only used 4 chicken thighs would I need to cook for less time?

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AlisonSaturday 17th March 2018

Could you use Creme Fraiche instead, I don;t have any fat free Yoghurt in?

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Emma JonesSaturday 17th March 2018

Mine just keeps falling over! Haha I’ve tried pinning it up with a load.of skewers but still it falls.! Any tips?

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MatthewSunday 4th March 2018

Can this be frozen. If so do I freeze before or after cooking

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MonikaSunday 4th March 2018

Hi, I have a conventional oven (not fan)
Is is still going to cook ok (don’t burn on top ?)
Thank you

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JadeFriday 2nd March 2018

I don’t have any skewers help!
TIA
Jade

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MandyFriday 2nd March 2018

Can you use just lemon juice and if so how much
Thanks

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AnnTuesday 27th February 2018

Hi can this be marinaded over night? ????

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AmandaMonday 26th February 2018

The rice looks delicious. Please can you share the recipe ?

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AmandaMonday 26th February 2018

What spice can you use if you don’t have cinnamon.

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Helen WoolfendenMonday 26th February 2018

What have you served it wit h here? Orzo? Looks delicious!

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Sarah BrannanSunday 25th February 2018

If you use a little fat free natural yogurt add a little water, half a tsp of sweetener (optional) and mint sauce mix all together it makes the perfect sauce for your kebab!!

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CatherineSunday 25th February 2018

Can this be frozen

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Maria DoyleSunday 25th February 2018

Hi can you leave out the curry powder? I cannot have curry spice. What would you recommend please

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Amanda BurkeSaturday 24th February 2018

Would lightly browning the spices enhance the flavour

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JoSaturday 24th February 2018

I absolutely adore this recipe, but I have problems getting it to stay standing up and was wondering if, maybe there is some tool to secure it?

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SteveFriday 23rd February 2018

If using fan oven would it be 160c?

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ShazThursday 22nd February 2018

Don’t have a lemon, can i use ‘bottled’ lemon?

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ClaireTuesday 20th February 2018

Do you take out the bone from thighs for this? Or leave them on? Can’t wait to try this, thanks.

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    KayTuesday 20th February 2018

    Hi Claire,

    I’d recommend taking them out – leaving the bone in would significantly increase the cooking time and the ability to easily carve.

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    Yvonne muskettWednesday 20th March 2019

    Hi I have a Air Fryer Oven with rotisserie have you any idea how long I should cook them for? I know it’s a case of trial and error but I would be grateful for any advice.
    Thanks xxx

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      CateWednesday 10th April 2019

      Hi Claire!

      We haven’t tried it so I’m not sure, but if the model you have came with a manual (or you can find one online) sometimes they have conversions for oven timings that might help as a guide.

      Hope that helps! 🙂

StephSunday 18th February 2018

Can you use fat free Greek yogurt?

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MichelleSunday 18th February 2018

Can you use chicken breast instead

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JeanSunday 18th February 2018

have a fussy husband who only likes chicken breast could I use mini chicken fillets and cook for less time do you think that would work

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    JeanMonday 19th February 2018

    thanks will give it a go x

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    KimTuesday 9th April 2019

    Could you make the chicken up in the marinade then freeze it?

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      Emma TTuesday 9th April 2019

      Hi Kim,

      I think this would be better if marinaded and then cooked rather than freezing in the marinade. You could always freeze after it has been cooked, making sure you defrost thoroughly before reheating fully ????

MicheleSaturday 17th February 2018

Does the chicken go dry if you’re cooking it for that long?

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    MarieThursday 12th April 2018

    Hi i’m using chicken breast instead could you give me approximate time to cook the chicken breast thank you

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