Low-fat spiced chicken kebabs recipe

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Three skewers of spiced chicken on a bed of rocket
  • healthy
  • Low-fat
  • healthy
Preparation Time10 mins plus marinating
Cooking Time10 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories195 Kcal10%
Fat2 g3%
Saturated Fat0.5 g3%
Carbohydrates8 g3%

Make a double batch of our easy low-fat spiced chicken kebabs and have leftovers for lunch in wraps, pitta bread or shredded into salad.

You can cook our spiced chicken kebabs under the grill but they’d be a great low fat addition to your barbecue spread too. The cooling cucumber yogurt salad is the perfect accompaniment but if you’d like a more substantial meal try serving with brown rice and a leafy salad. Although the ingredients list looks long, you will likely already have the spices in your cupboard and will be able to use them afterwards in other recipes.


  • 1/2tsp turmeric
  • 1tsp garam masala
  • 1/4tsp cayenne
  • 1/2tsp cumin
  • 1/2tsp paprika
  • 1tsp tomato paste
  • 50g 0 per cent fat Greek-style yogurt
  • juice ½ lime
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 500g (1lb) chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 red peppers, cut into chunks

For the cool yogurt salad

  • Half a cucumber
  • 50g 0 per cent fat Greek-style yogurt
  • 4g (⅛ oz) mint leaves, finely chopped
  • 200g cherry tomatoes, diced
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • Small bunch coriander, finely chopped

You will need

  • Metal or wooden skewers, if wooden soak in water for 30mins before use




  1. Combine the spices, tomato paste, yogurt, lime juice and garlic in a bowl. Add the chicken and coat evenly. Leave to marinate for 30mins or ideally overnight.
  2. To make the salad, grate half the cucumber and finely dice the rest. Combine in a bowl with the rest of the ingredients and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Heat your grill to high and thread the chicken and red pepper onto your skewers. Cook for around 10mins, turning regularly until the chicken is a little charred and cooked all the way through. Juices should run clear and a thermometer should read 74C. Serve with the salad and pitta or mini naans if liked.

Top tips for making low-fat spiced chicken kebabs

If you like spice increase the cayenne to ½ tsp or try some fresh diced red chilli in the salad. You could use the marinade on prawns, fish, and lamb too. Save time and use a shop-bought spice blend or curry paste if you prefer. We like making it from scratch as you can adjust the quantities to your preferences.

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Jessica Ransom
Senior Food Writer

Jessica is a freelance food writer, stylist and recipe tester. She previously worked as Senior Food Writer at Future. While at Future Jessica wrote food and drink-related news stories and features, curated product pages, reviewed equipment, and developed recipes that she then styled on food shoots. She is an enthusiastic, self-taught cook who adores eating out and sharing great food and drink with friends and family. She has completed the Level 1 Associate course at the Academy of Cheese and is continually building on her knowledge of beers, wines, and spirits.