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Chicken kebab patties with potatoes and salad

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Chicken kebab patties

These chicken kebab patties use minced chicken, and they have round flat-disc shapes.

Here, I’m sharing an easy chicken kebab recipe that you and your family can enjoy, even your little ones. 

Pakistani chicken kebab patties with an overlay text

Types of kebabs

There are so many different types of kebabs. You may be more familiar with the kind of kebabs that have meat chunk pieces and grilled on the skewers. Some people also call them kabobs or shish kebabs. And there is another type of kebabs that uses minced meat. They are cooked on the skewers too, and they’re called seekh kebabs or kobeda in some areas such as Afghani, Persian, etc.

Now, the one I’m sharing with you here is based on the Pakistani chicken kebab recipe that I learned from my sister-in-law. The kebabs use minced meat and are shaped into flat discs like burger patties

The first time I had them, I called them chicken burgers ?. But my extended family told me that those delicious patties are called kebabs. So, whatever. I love eating them. I don’t really bother about the name ?.

Ways to enjoy chicken kebab patties

Just to give you some ideas, I like making the patties in bulk and then freeze them. They become handy for when I run out of time to cook. Because I can just quickly warm them up in the microwave, air fryer, or the oven. 

You can eat the kebabs with roasted potatoes and salad, or you can have them in a bun as chicken burger patties. And you can have them rolled in a piece of naan bread, pita bread or tortilla wrap. Sometimes, I make them as one of the side dishes to have with main rice meals such as plain rice, Biryani rice, etc.

The kebabs are delicious to have for lunches, dinners, or picnics. Therefore, they’re ideal for packed lunches for school or work.

And we often make them as one our Summer barbecue menus as well.

If you have little toddlers, you can feed them with this kebab together with sweetcorn fritters or Mung bean fritters. I promise you they will love them.  

ingredients for chicken kebab patties

Ingredients for healthy chicken kebab recipe

Boneless chicken

These chicken patties are reasonably healthy provided you use boneless chicken breast with no fat or just little fat. 

I personally prefer the meat of chicken thighs. Because I find it more flavoursome and it makes juicy kebabs due to a little bit of fat in the meat. 

Although most of the time I’d buy the ready minced chicken, I sometimes do it myself at home using the food processor. When I do that, I’d mix the meat of chicken thighs and chicken breast. 


This chicken kebab recipe uses ground chicken that is mixed with finely chopped onions. You can use any type of onions, though I use yellow/ brown onions most of the time.

Spices and flavourings

There are many ready-mixed kebab spices that you can buy. But I do find they have high-content of chilli powder. In the past, I tried to resolve that by reducing the amount of spice mix. But it resulted in not-so-flavourful kebabs. 

Since then, I prefer mixing my own spices. And it’s quite easy and simple anyway. So here are the spices you need:

  • Onion powder.
  • Garlic powder.
  • Paprika powder.
  • Cumin powder.
  • Coriander powder.
  • Coarse black pepper.
  • Chilli powder (optional).

If you’re going to give the chicken kebabs for your toddler, you may want to omit the chilli powder. Unless your toddler loves spicy food ?.


You can use any plain yoghurt you have. I tend to use plain Greek-style yoghurt just because we almost always have this type of yoghurt in our fridge/ refrigerator ?.


All-purpose plain flour is suitable for this chicken kebab recipe. You will only need about three tablespoons at the max for this recipe.

How to make chicken kebabs with minced meat

a bowl of chicken kebab ingredients
1. Put all the ingredients in a bowl
chicken kebab patties on the griddle plan
3. Cook the kebabs on a gridle pan
minced chicken to make chicken kebabs
2. Mix all the ingredients
ready cooked chicken kebabs
4. Ready cooked chicken kebab patties

As I said, this recipe is easy and quick to make. All you have to do is just mix all the ingredients thoroughly well. Shape the chicken mixture in flat discs and then cook them.

You can grill the kebabs on the griddle pan, or bake them in the oven. And on a hot sunny day—or on any dry day when you fancy doing it—you can also cook the kebabs on the barbecue

To make my life easier, I tweaked the recipe so that my two sons can enjoy those chicken kebabs as well. The reason is that the original recipe uses quite a bit of chilli and spices that make the kebabs too spicy for my kids. 

I also improved some of the ingredients and its compositions. Not only will the kebabs be flavorful in taste, but they’ll be juicy and succulent in texture too. 

Having said that, if you’re a chilli lover (like me), you can always adjust the spices and chilli according to your taste. 

What I usually do is, after I mix all the ingredients minus I will half it into another bowl. Then I’ll put more chilli in one of the half chicken mixtures. 

This way, the kids can have the not-too-spicy kebabs, while my husband and I enjoy the spicier ones. So, everybody will be happy.

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Yield: 8

Chicken kebab patties

grilled chicken kebab patties

These chicken kebabs are so easy to make. Delicious to have on their own with a fresh salad or with burger buns or naan bread. However you like, I guarantee you'll love them.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 3 minutes
Total Time 48 minutes


  • 600 gr grounded/minced chicken
  • 1 medium brown onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp paprika powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • ½ tsp coarse black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt (according to taste)
  • ½ tsp chili powder or more (optional)
  • 2 tbsp yogurt
  • 3 tbsp plain flour


  1. Put all the ingredients in a bowl. Mix and knead it well. Cover with cling film and leave it to rest in the fridge.
  2. Shape the chicken meat into balls about a ping pong ball size, then flatten them. 
  3. If you cook them in the oven, you can arrange the patties on the lightly sprayed with oil baking tray. Then cook the meat at gas 4/ 350° F/ 180° C for about half an hour or until the kebabs are cooked through.
  4. If you cook the meat on the griddle pan, you can spray the pan with a little bit of oil. Cook the patties on each side for about 6-7 minutes. Until the meat is cooked through.
  5. You can also cook the chicken kebabs in the air fryer if you want. It normally takes me about 10 minutes at 350° F/180°C to cook a batch of chicken patties in my air fryer.  
  6. Last but not least, you can cook the meat on the barbecue according to however you like.
  7. Enjoy.


For the yogurt dip, you can mix 1 cup of natural yogurt (or any type of yogurt you like), then put 1 tbsp minced mint leaves, 1 tbsp minced Coriander leaves, salt, and pepper according to taste. 

For the chili dip, you put a can of chopped tomatoes, ½ brown onions (chunks), 1 or 2 chilies (according to your taste), lemon juice of ½ lemon, ½ tsp of salt, 1 tsp of sugar, and a handful of chopped coriander leaves. Blitz it for a minute until all the ingredients are mixed but not emulsified like a smoothie. 

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 189Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 71mgSodium 353mgCarbohydrates 5gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 19g

The nutrition calculation you find here is just a guide provided by online nutrition calculator. You should not use to substitute advice from nutritionists or health practitioners.

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