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

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?

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.

Step 2

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

Step 4

Step 5

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

Step 5

Step 6

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

Step 6

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


  • 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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  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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See what others have to say

GemmaWednesday 11th May 2022

This is a firm favourite in our household! Is it possible to cook it in a slow cooker? I work nights so sometimes that’s easier.


    HollyMonday 16th May 2022

    Hi Gemma, we have’t tested this recipe in the slow cooker so can’t guarantee it would be successful. We have a range of slow cooker recipes HERE plus THIS handy guide for slow cooker conversion, hope that helps!


SamSunday 22nd August 2021

I’ve cooked this twice and really enjoyed it both times, however I’ve cooked for the hour and half but the chicken is still pink. What am I doing wrong, temperature is correct. I an cooking on using the skewers. Will it be better just in the oven? Will it taste different? Thanks


    HollyWednesday 15th September 2021

    Hey Sam, your oven temperature may not be quite accurate so is cooking the outside too quickly and the inside not enough. Have a look at our oven temperature guide HERE. You can cook this kebab in the oven without the skewers. Place the marinated chicken thighs in a single layer in a greased oven proof dish and bake them in the oven at 180ºC for about 35 – 45 minutes. Make sure there is no pinkness, the juices run clear and the chicken is piping hot throughout. Hope that helps!


TinaSaturday 19th June 2021

Can you cook this on the BBQ, instead of oven.


    HollyMonday 28th June 2021

    Hey Tina, yes you could cook the Chicken Kebab on the BBQ just ensure the juices run clear when you prick the chicken. Hope that helps!


Kelly Ann GazzardFriday 9th April 2021

Anyway of stopping it burning so much on the outside


    HollyFriday 16th April 2021

    Hey Kelly Ann, your oven may be running a little on the hot side, try lowering the temperature a little. Hope that helps!


Katie MarshallSaturday 13th February 2021

Hi I’m making this with chicken breast I only have 4 but it’s only for me and my husband would I half the calories from the total if I halved the mixture to to put over the chicken sorry it’s to add to my fitness pal thank u


    HollyMonday 15th February 2021

    Hey Katie, the calories and nutritional information shown on this recipe are for 1 portion of the recipe if you are halving the mixture then yes half the calories, hope that helps!


SteveWednesday 10th February 2021

Could you tell me how many this serves please, trying to enter it in my Fitness pal.


    HollyWednesday 10th February 2021

    Hi Steve, this recipe serves 4 people but if you scroll down to the recipe card at the bottom of the page there are a set of arrows by servings and you can alter them up or down depending on how many you are cooking for. Hope that helps!


Marie HarnettTuesday 2nd February 2021

Hi there, is there a way to save this recipe to my account so I don’t loose it or have to keep searching for it. ?
Many thanks 😊


    HollyWednesday 3rd February 2021

    Hi Marie, have a look at this article HERE which talks you through how to save a recipe, hope that helps!


DawnFriday 29th January 2021

I am dairy free, i was wondering if anyone has found if there is a suitable Dairy Free yoghurt or any alternative that works.


    HollyTuesday 2nd February 2021

    Hi Dawn, I’ve used Alpro Plain Yogurt Alternative for this recipe before and it worked fine you could also try Koko Dairy Free Plain Yogurt Alternative but this would add a subtle coconut flavour to the kebabs, hope that helps!


Shanice RobinsonWednesday 6th January 2021

Hi, is this recipe and the calories including the pitta bread or just the meat? Thankyou!


    SharonThursday 7th January 2021

    Hi Shanice, the calories stated are just for the chicken meat. You will need to add calories for whatever accompaniment you choose to serve it with.
    Thanks for getting in touch and hope you like the recipe.


Charlotte DTuesday 5th January 2021

Have just realised our wooden skewers are packed away for our house move! Can you recommend timings and temp for grilling the chicken instead? Or alternative best cooking method for those of us without skewers.


    SharonTuesday 5th January 2021

    Hi Charlotte, if you haven’t got skewers you could place the marinated chicken thighs in a single layer in a greased oven proof dish and bake them in the oven at 180ºC for about 35 – 45 minutes. Make sure there is no pinkness, the juices run clear and the chicken is piping hot throughout. Not a kebab, but you will still be able to cut the cooked thighs up and use as you would have done in the recipe.


Deborah murphyThursday 12th November 2020

Can I ask how long to cook in a ninja foodi max please TIA X


    HollyThursday 3rd December 2020

    Hi Deborah, we haven’t tested this recipe in a Ninja Foodie Max but I would suggest using the air fry or grill function would give the best results. Cook for 25 minutes as a guide and test the chicken to make sure no pinkness remains it is also a good idea to refer to the manufacturers instructions on cooking times and temperatures. We have two really great articles on our website for converting recipes for Slow Cookers and Instant Pot which you might find helpful when converting recipes for your Ninja Foodie. Hope that helps!


RoseWednesday 28th October 2020


I have marinated the chicken but I forgot the lemon juice. Will this make a huge difference, can I add it in after?


    HollyThursday 29th October 2020

    Hi Rose, these Chicken Kebabs will be fine without the lemon juice in the marinade. You could always serve them with a squeeze of lemon over the top. Hope that helps!


Carrie-AnnSaturday 13th June 2020

Absolutely loved this. Just had it for our tea with wedges yummy!!


    SharonMonday 15th June 2020

    Hi Carrie-Ann,
    We’re so pleased to hear you loved the Chicken Kebab, thanks for letting us know!


kellyThursday 4th June 2020

I have only 5 chicken thighs is this ok?


    SharonThursday 4th June 2020

    Hi Kelly, yes, you could make this with 5 chicken thighs and make a smaller kebab. You could halve the marinade ingredients and cook the kebab for a shorter time. You could try cooking it for about 45 minutes – 1 hour, then test with a sharp knife to make sure the chicken is thoroughly cooked. The juices from the chicken will run clear when its properly cooked. If there is any sign of pinkness, keep cooking until the chicken is white throughout and the juices are clear. Hope you enjoy the recipe!


Jane BowerSaturday 30th May 2020

Can I substitute the yogurt with fat free Greek yogurt as this was sent as a substitute with my shopping? Thank you


    LisaSunday 31st May 2020

    Hi Jane. Yes, Greek yogurt works just as well in this recipe. Hope you enjoy the recipe!


Helen CWednesday 20th May 2020

Hi. I’m a bit unclear on why this is 8 points on blue when chicken is a zero point food on blue…? Am I missing something? Thanks


    LisaThursday 21st May 2020

    Hi Helen. This recipe is made with chicken thighs which are a pointed food. You could replace the thighs with chicken breast to cut the points. Hope this helps.


KateWednesday 13th May 2020

Why are the calories different from the chicken gyros kebab? It looks like the same recipe, the only change is how you place the chicken in the oven


    Holly LevellTuesday 26th May 2020

    Hey Kate, the difference between the Chicken Gyros Kebab and this Chicken Kebab is the addition of the potato or onion used to stabilise the chicken in the oven whilst cooking. As this could be eaten it’s included in the nutritional information. Hope that helps!


Jane GoveWednesday 13th May 2020

I am making this tomorrow however I only have chicken fillets. Any change you can tell me an approx weight alternative to 9 chicken thighs please?


    Sharon FitzpatrickWednesday 20th May 2020

    Hi Jane, 9 skinless, boneless chicken thighs weigh approximately 1 kg so you could try using approximately 1 kg of chicken breast.Thanks for your question and hope you enjoy this recipe!


GraemeFriday 10th April 2020

How much lemon juice do you use? It just says “1 lemon juice” in the ingredients. Thanks


    Steve CowderoyWednesday 6th May 2020

    Hi Graeme, thanks for getting in touch with us, for this recipe just use the juice of 1 lemon. Hope this helps.


GemmaThursday 9th April 2020

Which book is this recipe in?


    Steve CowderoyWednesday 6th May 2020

    Hi Gemma, this recipe is one from our website, but we do have a Tandoori Chicken Kebab recipe in our first book. Hope this helps


Samantha woodmanseyWednesday 18th March 2020

Can you eat the potato at the bottom?


    Holly LevellThursday 21st May 2020

    Hi Samantha, yes you can eat the potato just be careful when removing the skewers. Hope that helps!


HeatherWednesday 15th January 2020

Currently cooking in the oven. Fingers crossed ??


    Sharon FitzpatrickFriday 15th May 2020

    Hi Heather, how did the Chicken Kebab go? Do hope you enjoyed it.


BecksTuesday 14th January 2020

Hi, can I marinade this overnight to cook for dinner tomorrow?


    Sharon FitzpatrickWednesday 13th May 2020

    Hi Becks, yes, you can marinade the chicken overnight in the fridge as long as you are using fresh chicken. If you are using chicken that has been frozen and defrosted you should cook it on the same day it was defrosted. Thanks for getting in touch.


melSunday 29th September 2019

Can i Use chicken breast if so would i reduce the cooking time ?


    Holly LevellThursday 21st May 2020

    Hi Mel, You can make it with chicken breasts although it may become dry. It will need a similar length of time due to the quantity of meat that we’ve used to make uo the kebab. Hope that helps!


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