Chicken Shish Kebab Meal Prep

The chicken shish kebab recipe is a popular fast food and takeout option, but here is a homemade version that you can cook on the grill and enjoy with a healthy salad.

You can also use this recipe to meal prep a chicken salad bowl for the week which will be high in protein and low in fat.

Why you will love this chicken shish kebab recipe?

  • Low in calories and high in protein.
  • Can enjoy eating this guilt-free with portion control.
  • You can eat this hot or cold which is ideal for meal prep.
  • Tastes just like what you order from a kebab shop.
Shish kebab salad in a meal prep container

Chicken Shish Kebab Salad Bowls

Mani
The chicken shish kebab recipe is a popular fast food and takeout option, but here is a homemade version which you can cook on the grill and enjoy with a healthy salad.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 22 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 2 servings
Calories 228 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 chicken breast cut into bite-size chunks
  • 100 g greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp paprika powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chili flakes
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Required:

  • bamboo skewers either bamboo or metal

Instructions
 

Marinate Chicken

  • If you are using bamboo skewers, ensure you allow them to soak in water for at least an hour before using the grill or oven.
  • Cut the chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces.
  • Add to your mixing bowl: the chicken breasts, garlic and ginger paste, olive oil, yogurt, paprika, red chilli flakes, tomato purée, lemon juice and salt and pepper,
  • Stir to combine your chicken marinade. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours (for best results 4-6 hours, or overnight).

To Cook

  • Pre-heat your griddle pan on high heat.
  • Take each marinated chicken piece and thread it on your bamboo or metal skewer.
  • Once your skewers are ready, lightly season with salt and add them onto your griddle pan.
  • Cook each side for 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Serve with pitta bread, salad and tzatziki sauce.

Notes

  • For meal prep purposes, refrigerate up to 4 days and remove chicken pieces from skewer before reheating.
  • For the best taste, allow the chicken to marinate for longer.
  • Prep time excludes allowing chicken marinade to refrigerate.
  • Ensure bamboo skewers are soaked before cooking.
  • Nutritional information reflects chicken shish kebab only.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 228kcalCarbohydrates: 3.4gProtein: 32gFat: 11.5gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 1351mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 1.8g
Keyword Chicken Shish Kebab, Chicken Shish Kebab Meal Prep, Chicken Shish Kebab Salad
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Recipe FAQ

What is chicken shish kebab?

Chicken shish is grilled cubes of meat on a skewer that has been marinated in a yogurt featuring some spices, lemon, and tomato. It is a much healthier alternative to other shish kebabs because this recipe uses chicken breasts which are lean meat.

Is chicken shish kebab healthy?

It is generally healthy and you can even eat it with a salad. It is similar to how the naked burrito is made healthy but eliminates the pitta bread. However, there is nothing wrong or unhealthy with eating pitta bread or wrap with this kebab, but it just reduces the calories.

What is it best served with?

Chicken shish kebab is best served with pitta bread and salad, topped up with a tzatziki sauce or chili sauce. However, you can serve it “naked” with a salad which is how I sometimes meal prep it for work.

How many calories in this chicken shish kebab recipe?

According to my estimations from MyFitnessPal, for the chicken kebab only, each serving is 228 calories (kcal) which is very light and low. Serving it with a salad keeps that low but can help you to feel fuller. Serving this with pitta bread and sauce will increase the calories but it will not be too high.

Meal Prep FAQ

Use an air-tight meal prep container to keep it stored in the fridge for 3 to 4 days. I like this recipe because it is a great meal prep with a salad bowl and tzatziki sauce. This keeps it low-carb and lower in calories too compared to a kebab wrap.

If you plan to meal prep the chicken shish kebab, I would recommend eating the chicken cold because reheating chicken breasts in the microwave can dry it out.

How to freeze: You can freeze the chicken shish kebab for up to 3 months by using an air-tight storage container.

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