Monday, 8 October 2012

Chicken Kebabs

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

This recipe is a simple one for chicken kebabs.

 These kebabs can be eaten by themselves with a salad or in a sandwich.
This recipe uses chicken mince but you can, of course, use lamb mince if you prefer.

A Simple List of Ingredients:

1. An Onion
2. Green Chillies
3. Garlic
4. Fresh Coriander
5. Tomato
6. Chicken Mince
7. Red Chilli Powder
8. Ground Turmeric
9. Ground Coriander
10. Ground Cumin
11. Salt
12. Gram Flour
13. Sunflower Oil 

Bismillah, let's get started!

First, peel a large Onion.

Roughly slice the onion.

Take 6 fresh Green Chillies.
My mother freezes her chillies - that's why they look a bit frozen. 

Peel 3 Garlic Cloves.

Wash a handful of Coriander. Make sure you leave the stalks on because they have the most flavour. 

And, take one Tomato.
Roughly chop all of the above ingredients and place them into a blender. Blend until a smooth paste is formed.

Place the paste into a large mixing bowl.
This paste makes a really good chutney as well. Try it with some chappati!

Add 2 pounds of Chicken Mince.
As I said before, you can use lamb mince. 

Add 1 teaspoon Chilli Powder, or more if you want.

Add 1/2 teaspoon Ground Turmeric.

Add 2 teaspoons Ground Coriander.

Add 2 teaspoon Ground Cumin.

Add 1 teaspoon Salt.

The next ingredient is gram flour. This is used to bind the mixture together. 

Add 5 tablespoons Gram Flour

Add 1/4 cup Sunflower Oil.

Now, it's time to get your hands dirty and mix everything together. If you want to, you can wear disposable gloves whilst doing this or use a spoon.

Heat a few tablespoons of Sunflower Oil in a large frying pan. You could also use a grill pan.

Shape the kebab mixture into patties and fry until golden brown on both sides.

Like this!

Drain the kebabs on some paper towels and then serve with a salad and some green chutney.

Chicken Kebabs


·      1 large Onion, peeled and roughly chopped
·      6 Green Chillies, roughly chopped
·      3 Garlic Cloves, peeled
·      Handful of Fresh Coriander, roughly chopped
·      1 Tomato, roughly chopped
·      2 pounds Chicken Mince
·      1 teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
·      ½ teaspoon Ground Turmeric
·      2 teaspoons Ground Coriander
·      2 teaspoons Ground Cumin
·      1 teaspoon Salt
·      5 tablespoons Gram Flour
·      ¼ cup Sunflower Oil


1.   Place the onion, green chillies, garlic, fresh coriander and tomato into a blender. Blend until a smooth paste forms.

2.  Put the paste into a mixing bowl, and add all the other ingredients.

3.  Mix everything well using a spoon or by hand.

4.  Shape the mixture into patties, and shallow fry in oil until golden brown and cooked through.

5.  Serve immediately with green yoghurt chutney, pitta bread and salad.

Spice Enthusiast


  1. Salaam,
    I spend a lot of time surfing the net looking for true authentic Pakistani dishes and by chance this is the first time I came across your blog. Can I start by congratulating you for the way you have clearly and concisely presented your recipes with pics during each step. You are a very knowledgeable and kind individual to take the time to share this information with us folk in search of the holy grail of Pakistani cooking. Just reading through your recipes has got my mouth watering, something other recipes haven't been able to do. Whoever has the good fortune to sample the dishes you make must be very happy indeed. I tried your yummy chicken today and it blew me away and I thought I was a very good cook but your dish is something else. Look forward to trying out many more and please keep adding as you now have a new fan over here in the Midlands.

    Regards Amjad.

    1. Assalamu alaikum! Thanks for all the positive comments!

  2. Hi do you have recipe for lamb kebab and tandoori drumstick ?

    1. Hello! I have a recipe for Seekh Kebabs but not the drumsticks.

    2. Hello! I have a recipe for Seekh Kebabs but not the drumsticks.

  3. If I don't have gram flour on hand, can I substitute with another type of flour? If so, what kind?

    1. You can also use plain flour or cornflour. The flour just helps the mince hold its shape when frying.

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  5. Wow these look soo good. Bet they taste amazing. Thanks for sharing this recipe.


  6. Today I tried this recipe and it turned out amazing.

  7. Tried these yesterday. Great recipe. A keeper. Thank you for sharing

  8. some people use egss in kebabs?do you use eggs

  9. If yes how many would you use?

    1. I wouldn't use eggs in this recipe because I think the chicken mince is wet enough.

  10. How many kebabs do you get from 2 pounds of chicken mince

    1. It really depends on how big you make them. I would say roughly 20 medium ones.

  11. WELSH GIRL COOKS ASIAN7 October 2018 at 16:37

    Stunning, my step mother-in-law who is Pakastani made me kebabs which were delicious, decided to give these a go, she wouldnt give me the recipe as she wants us to visit more often - lol - my husband is mixed arab/british but lives a western lifestyle, i am Welsh (British) so i have mastered some dishes, i do not have a mincer so used my processor to mince the breasts, worked quite well, the taste of these is gorgeous, made a large batch & took to work, they were gone in 5 minutes. Thank you for the wonderful easy method, the step by step pics are great. I amnow looking through the rest of your recipes.

    1. So glad you enjoyed the chicken kebabs! I love that excuse from your step mother-in-law to get you guys to visit more often. Clever lady!

      Great idea using the processor! I sometimes do that too when I have no mince in the house.

      Thank you for all your kind words and feedback. I hope you enjoy the rest of my recipes just as much as these kebabs.

  12. These turned out absolutely gorgeous! I had no gram flour so used corn flour but kept everything else as you advised. They were gone immediately!

  13. Your recipes are amazing!

    I wondered whether you can deep fry these kebabs. Also, what is the purpose of adding the oil in the mixture? Jzk

    1. Yes, kebabs can be deep-fried. Oil is added to help the kebabs stay moist.

  14. I love your recipes! you are so talented and kind for sharing!!!

  15. Can this be done with beef mince aswell?

  16. I made these yesterday. I loved that I didn't have to chop much. Simply food processed the onion, coriander, garlic tomato. Then food processed chicken thigh fillets. Added the dry spices, gram flour, and oil and fried.

    So yummy! and quick to make the mixture!

    Next time I may try baking in oven and finishing in an Airfryer.

    Thank you to you and your mum for a yum, easy, quick recipe!

    I'll be trying more of your stuff soon...xx

    1. So glad you liked the kebabs. Try grilling them - it's my new favourite way to cook them!


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