Low-Carb Tandoori Chicken Kebabs

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A classic and a favourite made keto-friendly. These Tandoori Chicken Kebabs are packed with flavour and nourishing spices. Grill, griddle or enjoy on the BBQ. And it’s a great keto recipe using turmeric so you can benefit from its anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-aging properties!

If you can leave to marinade overnight, it really enhances the flavour but of course if you’re in a rush you can just baste on the marinade and grill straight away. Who needs Indian take out when you can make a healthy, low carb alternative at home? Especially when you can easily make your own curry powder!

They are relatively high in protein so you may need to use a smaller chicken breasts depending on your macros. If your carb intake is ultra low, serve these tasty chicken kebabs with a bowl of dressed greens.

I hope you enjoy guys.

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Hands-on Overall

Nutritional values (per serving, 2 skewers)

Net carbs7.4 grams
Protein43.9 grams
Fat20.8 grams
Calories404 kcal

Calories from carbs 8%, protein 45%, fat 47%

Total carbs9.5 gramsFiber2.1 gramsSugars5 gramsSaturated fat4.3 gramsSodium392 mg(17% RDA)Magnesium71 mg(18% RDA)Potassium936 mg(47% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 2 servings, 4 skewers)

Kebabs:
  • 2 medium chicken breasts (340 g/ 12 oz)
  • 1 small zucchini (courgette), cut into ribbons (100 g/ 3.5 oz)
  • 1 small red onion, cut into wedges (60 g/ 2.1 oz)
  • 1/4 tsp cracked black pepper
Marinade:
  • 1 1/2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 small red chilli, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp fresh lemon zest
  • 3 heaped tbsp full-fat Greek yoghurt (90 g/ 3.2 oz)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/8 - 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp saffron strands
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt, or to taste
To serve:

Instructions

  1. Chop the chicken into ~ 2 cm/ 1 inch cubes. Mix the garlic, chili and ginger in a pestle and mortar.
    Low-Carb Tandoori Chicken Kebabs
  2. Add to a bowl and mix with the lemon juice and zest, yoghurt, spices and seasoning.
    Low-Carb Tandoori Chicken Kebabs
  3. Add the marinade to the chicken and leave in the fridge for at least 2 hours or overnight to enhance the flavour.
  4. Remove the chicken from the fridge and bring to room temperature.
    Low-Carb Tandoori Chicken Kebabs
  5. Make the zucchini ribbons using a vegetable peeler.
  6. Thread metal skewers with chicken, zucchini ribbons and red onion.
    Low-Carb Tandoori Chicken Kebabs
  7. Line a baking tray with grease proof paper, add the kebabs and grill for 20 – 25 minutes until crisp and cooked through. Turn every 5 - 10 minutes for even cooking. Ensure the tray isn’t too close to the top of the grill to prevent charring.
  8. Drizzle with olive oil. Optionally, serve with crispy greens, zucchini ribbons and pine nuts. These kebabs are best served fresh or can be stored in the fridge and enjoyed next day. Low-Carb Tandoori Chicken Kebabs

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, 2 skewers)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Chicken, breast (without skin, raw)
0 g38.3 g4.5 g204 kcal
Zucchini (summer squash, courgette)
1.1 g0.6 g0.2 g9 kcal
Onion, red, fresh
2 g0.4 g0.1 g12 kcal
Pepper, black, spices
0.1 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Garlic, fresh
0.7 g0.1 g0 g3 kcal
Peppers, chile (chili), fresh
0.2 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Ginger root, fresh
0.5 g0.1 g0 g2 kcal
Lemon juice, fresh
0.4 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Lemon zest (peel), fresh
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Yogurt, plain (full-fat, Greek style, 5% fat)
1.7 g4.1 g2.3 g43 kcal
Cinnamon, spices
0.2 g0 g0 g2 kcal
Cumin, ground
0.2 g0.1 g0.1 g2 kcal
Coriander seed, ground
0.1 g0.1 g0.1 g1 kcal
Paprika, spices
0.1 g0.1 g0.1 g2 kcal
Turmeric, spices (dried, ground)
0.2 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Pepper, cayenne, spices
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Saffron, dried, spices
0.1 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Salt, sea salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Olive oil, extra virgin
0 g0 g13.5 g119 kcal
Total per serving, 2 skewers
7.4 g43.9 g20.8 g404 kcal
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Comments (2)

I love Indian cuisine. Tandoori Chicken was my first love when I was still able to more freely consume dairy and could try any dish. But as I have gotten older, my lactose intolerance has made my body so sensitive that I don't trust dairy with more than 2 carbs in it per serving.
Can you recommend a lower carb dairy or non-dairy alternative to yogurt for the marinade that will still tenderize the meat?

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Hi Christina, I've had great results with coconut milk - especially Aroy-D (Amazon link). It has no additives and tastes amazing. It's made with 100% coconut and water. I would use about a third to half of a cup. I hope this helps!

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