24.1.22

Easy Chicken Kebab Fakeaway Recipe


I decided a long time ago that I wasn’t going to make new year’s resolutions as they always ended up broken early in the year, which then left me feeling disappointed and unhappy. This year like many people I decided that 2022 would finally be the year that I focused on losing a little weight and becoming healthier.

I have always struggled with my weight since having the boys and I managed to lose almost 4 stone not long after my youngest was born. He is now almost 13 and the weight has crept back on over the years without me noticing. It’s not a resolution but a must and I am determined no matter how many times I may slip I will get back up again and keep going.

In the past, I have dieted and exercised. I struggled to upkeep the routines so this year I am changing the way I do things – making little changes to my lifestyle instead of making huge lists and I won’t be depriving myself of all the things I love.

Some of the little steps I have already undertaken include:

Drinking more water - My husband and best friend are always saying I need to increase my intake as I barely drink anything other than tea, so this is number one on my list. 

Exercising more – moving more is something I need to do as I spend most of my day sitting down working. I struggle with anxiety so I don’t like to venture far from home most days (even a trip to the supermarket can leave me feeling sick and worried at times). I plan to spend 30 minutes to an hour a day using the Switch to get some much-needed exercise and movement into my daily routine. I’m also hoping to start my Piyo DVDs too soon so that I can become more flexible – for anyone who doesn’t know what Piyo is, it’s a mixture of Pilates and Yoga. It is a good form of exercise and although it is low impact it has great benefits including being a good stress reliever, helping you to balance better and burn calories. I recently purchased a new yoga mat so that I have more cushioning for floor activities.

Eating better – We have always eaten a balanced diet but it’s easy to fall into bad habits quickly. My habits include snacking and eating takeaways. It’s a hard habit to break but I've stocked the cupboards and fridge with cereal bars, fruit, vegetables, and yoghurts to graze on during the day instead of the usual biscuits, crisps and chocolate bars. I’ve swapped white bread and pasta for wholemeal variants and instead of ordering a takeaway, we’ve been swapped chips in the fryer to using an air fryer and making our own takeaway meals thanks to our new Ninja Foodi Max Pro Health Grill. If I had to choose my favourite takeaway food, I would take a chicken kebab any day of the week closely followed by a Chinese. The kids would most definitely take a McDonalds though.

If like me, you enjoy a chicken kebab there are ways you can make it healthier. I usually make my kebab marinade following Pinch of Nom’s syn free recipe. You need to prep beforehand and the kebab usually takes 1 hour and 30 minutes to cook in the oven but by using the Food Max Pro it takes just 10-15 minutes to cook the kebab and the meat tastes just as good as it normally would. I made a variety of chicken kebabs as my husband doesn’t like mushrooms, pepper or onion, whereas I like them all, the boys also had a variety as some like bits and not others.

Ninja Foodi Max Pro Pinch of Nom Chicken Kebab Recipe


Ingredients

  • 500g Diced chicken (PoN suggest 9 chicken deboned thighs, but I prefer breast)
  • 3 Mushrooms – washed and cut into quarters
  • 1 onion – diced
  • 1 pepper – diced (you could use different coloured peppers if you wished)
  • 150 ml fat-free natural yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp garam masala or curry powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 lemon juice only


Method

  • Add all the spice ingredients into a bowl, add the yoghurt and mix well
  • Add the diced chicken and mix together, ensuring all pieces are coated well
  • Cover with cling film and refrigerate for a couple of hours
  • If you are using wooded skewers soak them in water so that they don’t burn on the grill
  • Cut up your mushrooms, onion and pepper if you are adding them to your kebab, brush lightly with oil if you wish
  • Thread pieces of marinated chicken onto the skewers. If you want just a chicken kebab keep adding as many pieces as you’d like. If you are adding other ingredients start with a piece of chicken, add a piece of pepper, mushroom and onion then repeat until the skewer is almost full.
  • Insert the Ninja grill plate, close the lid. Select Grill, set the temperature to Medium and the time to 10 minutes. Press the start button to start the preheating.
  • Once preheated (it will display Add Food) place the kebabs on the grill and close the lid.
  • When the unit beeps (it will display Flip) halfway through the cooking time open the lid and using silicone tongs flip the kebabs over. You can add a little more oil to the vegetables if required. Close the lid to continue cooking. If needed you can increase the cooking time by pressing the time button and turning the knob.
  • Once the unit beeps again (it will say End) remove the kebabs from the grill and allow them to rest for a few minutes. Remove from the skewers and serve with salad, pita, wrap and or chips/wedges.


I’ve been using this appliance for the last couple of weeks, and it has transformed how we have cooked food. It cooks food quicker and healthier. I love that you can bake, air fry, grill, roast and even dehydrate food in the Foodi Max Pro Health Grill. I'm so impressed with this kitchen appliance I'm even thinking of buying a different one from the Ninja range in the coming months to help with ensuring our family eat healthier.


The Ninja Foodi Pro Max Health Grill is one of Ninja's larger appliances and can cook for up to 6 people at once. It has 7 cooking modes and is designed to cook food healthier and quicker than a conventional oven and grill. All the removable parts are dishwasher safe too.

It's only been a couple of weeks but I'm optimistic that these little changes will help. I can't wait to try out other recipes too, particularly roast beef with roast potatoes and American Pancakes. I'll keep you posted on my favourite ones. 

Have you been trying to eat healthier in 2022? If so, I'd love to hear some of the changes you've made.


*This is a collaborative post*


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