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.

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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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
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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Tricia DivksonThursday 26th September 2019

What do you use to keep it up keeps falling

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    Holly LevellThursday 21st May 2020

    Hi Tricia, a lot of members of our facebook group have suggested using a metal potato baker rack to keep the kebab and potato stable in the oven. Hope that helps!

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KEZTuesday 3rd September 2019

Can you make this with chicken breast instead?
What would the cooking times be?

Thanks,
K

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    Emma TThursday 19th September 2019

    Hi Kex,

    You can make it with chicken breasts though it may become dry. It will need a similar length of time due to the quantity of meat.

    Hope that helps!

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SallySunday 25th August 2019

I can’t wait to try this!

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MariaTuesday 30th July 2019

Mine doesn’t come out as brown be because I have to place it onto the bottom shelf. Should I turn it up higher?

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    Emma TWednesday 25th September 2019

    Hi Maria,

    Yes, you could use a slightly higher heat towards the end of cooking to get the charred edges ????

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Keith WatsonFriday 19th July 2019

Now a favourite. But cooking for 1 or 2 I reduce cooking time to 1 hour. Delicious and goes so well with spicy rice recipe.

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    Holly LevellThursday 14th May 2020

    Hi Keith, glad you enjoyed this recipe and we agree it goes great with the spicy rice!

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LauraSunday 14th July 2019

Just made this an it was awesome, Thank you . It will become our fav Friday night substitute take away dinner.

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    Sharon FitzpatrickFriday 8th May 2020

    Hi Laura, thanks for letting us know how much you enjoyed this dish, it’s great to hear!

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TracyThursday 20th June 2019

Looks lush must try it

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LynnTuesday 7th May 2019

What sauce would you use with the chicken? with salad and pitta bread

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    Emma TMonday 3rd June 2019

    Hi Lynn,

    A quick raita would be delish – fat free yoghurt, cucumber and mint ????

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Nicola StrachanWednesday 24th April 2019

Can you use fat free fromage frais instead of yogurt. Thank you

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    CateFriday 26th April 2019

    Yes you could! 🙂

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SarahSaturday 30th March 2019

Can I use dairy free yogurt for this? Am not able to tolerate dairy in any form

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    Emma TSunday 7th April 2019

    Hi Sarah,

    Yes, any yoghurt should work! ????

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KarenFriday 8th March 2019

Hi won’t the wooden skewers catch fire, would it be best to use the metal ones instead.

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NatalieMonday 4th March 2019

Also will I have to amend any cooking times

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NatalieMonday 4th March 2019

Mine only fits in the oven on the bottom shelf is this correct?

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Tanya LambordFriday 4th January 2019

Hi I cooked this once and really enjoyed it, I just wondered if it can b cooked in a instant pot (Pressure cooker) if so could u advice timings and setting please

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Carol hudsonSaturday 29th September 2018

Hi I made this it was amazing just one question is the sauce still ment to be a bit runny inside the layers of the chicken , the chicken was cooked through .?

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KimFriday 21st September 2018

I tried this yesterday it was badly burnt and dry. I put it in for hour and half (I presumed 1.5 hours was this). Where did I go wrong?

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LISA wimborneMonday 20th August 2018

Just attempted to make this so far so good !!! It fell to be side ????. Tasting good! ????

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DonnaTuesday 14th August 2018

I forgot the lemon will it make a huge difference if I leave it out? I really can’t be bothered to walk back to the shop and I really want to make this today.

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ShirleySunday 29th July 2018

OMG, this is amazing! I used a mix of breast and thigh to keep my WW points down and alternated them on skewers. I also did the Nandos rice which is equally amazing.

PON, your recipes are one of the reasons I’ve lost nearly 3 stone. I’m with Weight Watchers but recipes work well on the plan.

I’m a foody and to be able to eat such lovely food makes losing weight easier.

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MickelaSaturday 16th June 2018

Can this be barbecued?

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LeanneTuesday 12th June 2018

Hi, is there a specific amount of lemon juice to use? Would hate for it to be to acidic.

Thanks.

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AnnaSunday 3rd June 2018

Would it be ok if I was to leave marinated overnight in fridge? Thank you

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JadeWednesday 30th May 2018

This isn’t my 2nd cooking it. Wel my boyfriend cooked it first, and has been craving it ever since. So I’m making it tonight, I can’t beleive how easy it is and tastes amazing!!!!!

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Bernice GottTuesday 8th May 2018

Made this for dinner tonight. Wow my kids loved it as did I. I’ll definitely make this again

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GinnetteFriday 4th May 2018

If I make this as individual skewers how long should I cook it for?

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Linda AscottThursday 3rd May 2018

Hi I don’t have any natural yoghurt, only have reduced fat sour cream or light double cream (Elmlea) or reduced fat coconut cream/milk, can I use any of these instead? Thanks

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EmmaThursday 26th April 2018

Could this be done in the slow cooker? Thanks

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JadeTuesday 24th April 2018

Hi, I’m going to use mini breast fillets, would I need to reduce cooking time or temperature? Also I only have cocktail sticks, any stacking tips please?

Thank you 🙂

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Clair ShieldsSunday 22nd April 2018

Can you use garlic granules instead of the powder?

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Nicky ClagueSunday 22nd April 2018

Hi.
I have turkey breasts, relatively thinly sliced from Tesco. Would I be better to cook the same time at lower temperature or shorter time at same temperature. Also, I wondered if this would work in my pressure king pro…might be nice and moist and infuse into the kebabs…what do you think?

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