Chicken Keema–Inspired Kebabs Recipe

Joshua Bousel

Supremely spicy with layers of earthy undertones, this Pakistani-influenced ground chicken makes for one delicious and complexly flavored skewer of meat.

Recipe Facts

Active: 30 mins
Total: 50 mins
Serves: 4 servings

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  • 1 teaspoon cumin seed

  • 1 teaspoon coriander seed

  • 1 pound ground chicken thighs

  • 2 tablespoons finely grated onion

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1 tablespoon freshly minced garlic (about 3 medium cloves)

  • 2 teaspoons finely diced thai green chiles (about 2 whole chiles)

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated ginger

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons turmeric powder

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala


  1. Place cumin and coriander seeds in a cast iron skillet over medium heat and toast until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a spice grinder and grind into a fine powder.

  2. In a large bowl mix together ground cumin and coriander seeds, chicken, onion, cilantro, garlic, chilies, turmeric, salt, and garam masala until chicken is evenly seasoned.

  3. Form 1/4 of meat mixture into a skewer-length cylinder on a baking pan or tray. Press skewer into chicken and form meat around stick. Repeat with remaining meat. Place skewered chicken in freezer for 20 minutes while preparing grill.

  4. Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and spread the coals evenly over entire surface of coal grate. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Clean and oil the grilling grate. Remove skewers from freezer and carefully transfer to hot grill. Cook until skewers brown all over and are cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a serving tray, let rest for 5 minutes, then serve immediately.

Special equipment

Grill, 4 wooden skewers (soaked in water for at least 30 minutes prior to use)

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
203 Calories
9g Fat
4g Carbs
28g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 203
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 138mg 46%
Sodium 518mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 28g
Vitamin C 2mg 12%
Calcium 34mg 3%
Iron 2mg 14%
Potassium 387mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)