Chicken Shish Kebabs
5 from 7 votes

Chicken Shish Kebabs

Want to cook something a little bit different on the BBQ this year? Why not try my Chicken Shish Kebabs – cubes of chicken (thigh or breast) coated in a mixture of yogurt, garlic and spices and barbecued to perfection (or grilled, or griddled if you prefer!).
Recipe Type BBQ, Main Course
Cuisine Turkish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Serves 4 people
Calories 275 kcal
Author Eb Gargano


Chicken Shish Kebabs

  • 125 g Greek yogurt
  • 3 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon chilli flakes (more if you like things hot!)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed or grated
  • Salt and pepper
  • 800 g skinless, boneless chicken thigh (or breast) cut into bitesize pieces
  • 4 metal skewers (if you use wooden ones remember to soak in water first)

To serve

  • Your choice or flatbreads, pittas, lettuce, tzatziki, onions and pomegranate seeds – or whatever you like!


  1. Mix together the yogurt, spices, chilli flakes, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper. Add the diced chicken and turn to coat thoroughly. Ideally marinate for 2 hours or up to 24 hours (covered in the fridge). But if you haven’t got time just carry on with the recipe.
  2. Prepare the barbecue or heat the grill (broiler).
  3. Thread the chicken onto the skewers.
  4. Cook the chicken for 10 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through in the middle and charred in places on the outside. Turn the kebabs a few times on the BBQ or under the grill to get the kebabs evenly cooked.
  5. Serve with flatbreads, pittas, lettuce, tzatziki, onions and pomegranate seeds – or whatever you like!


To make the meat go further, alternate meat with veggies such as onions, peppers and mushrooms on the skewers.

Suitable for freezing.

Nutrition information is approximate and meant as a guideline only.

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Shish Kebabs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 275 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 191mg64%
Sodium 200mg9%
Potassium 633mg18%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 42g84%
Vitamin A 935IU19%
Vitamin C 15mg18%
Calcium 72mg7%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.