Easy Chicken Mince Kababs (Shaami kababs)


Chicken Mince Kababs

I love Middle Eastern food and think their kabobs are the best! When I was pregnant with my son, I had developed an aversion to chicken and even the smell of it made me want to throw up. Hence cooking chicken at home was a definite No No. Then one day we came across this Pakistani restaurant close to the apartment where we lived at that time and the lovely aroma coming out of that small place made me stop there and so we packed Dal, rice and a platter of seekh kababs! Oh boy  was that one lovely dinner or what? …I ate like a pig in a long time!  (Btw I started just writing this post without meaning it to be a Mother’s day post and then realized that this could be actually a good Mother’s day post after all since it has my pregnancy reference ! – So Happy Mother’s day to all of you ! 🙂 So over the years I have tried to make  kababs but I found making them in that seekh kabob shape to be challenging as they would invariably fall apart.  I have also seen recipes where the ground chicken (keema) is first cooked with the spices and then further minced a second time through a food processor to get a really fine paste. then egg or cooked lentils can be used to bind the paste together . But you know me, right? Although I don’t always shy away from a difficult recipe, whenever possible I am also looking to make things easier for myself.! So I came up with this small rounded patty version and later on learnt that these rounded version of kabobs are called ‘shaami kababs'(although traditionally they are also first cooked and then made into rounded shapes and grilled further). So Shaami or Seekh kabobs, whatever..what’s in a name! These are so delectable that I don’t care what anyone calls them. They are perfect as an appetizer especially when you have a large gathering (always a huge crowd pleaser! ) or for a simple home meal accompanied with rice and dal, which is how we like to eat it most of the times!  Since this is a crowd pleaser, I will be bringing these to Fiesta Friday too! 🙂

Now, before reading the recipe , here’s a warning :  I put green chillies in these because my husband and I both like the kick that it gives when you bite into one of those. Indians love heat in their food! However for those with a ‘not so adventurous’ palate, I recommend that you skip these or you will be cursing me non stop (and for several hours that too! 🙂 )

Chicken Mince Kababs (Shaami kababs)

  • Servings: makes about 30-35 patties
  • Time: About 45 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
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2 lbs ground chicken,thawed completely at room temperature 
2 tbsp finely chopped fresh ginger (Add less if you want less spicy)
3 tbsp finely chopped garlic(about 10-12 cloves)
4-5 green chillies(or 1 halopeno chili)),finely chopped (AVOID if you can’t handle the heat!)
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves,finely chopped
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (red chilli powder)
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp kabab masala*(optional) 
2 tsp freshly roasted cumin powder
1 tsp coriander powder
2 tbsp lime juice

Light olive oil or any other cooking oil for shallow frying


Take the ground chicken in a large mixing bowl. (Make sure it is completely thawed and make sure to dab dry with paper towel to remove any water)

Next add all the other ingredients into the bowl with the chicken. (Make sure you have chopped everything really really fine!)

Then using a spatula or your hands mix the chicken with all the spices and the other ingredients so that it is uniformly mixed.

Heat a large frying pan with some oil and then make small rounded patties of the ground mixture and cook on medium heat for about 2 minutes on one side and then flipping them to cook on the other side for an additional 2 mins or so. (Make sure you do not overcook them or they will get hard on top!) Remove onto plate with paper towel to drain off excess oil.

You can also cook these in the oven by cooking under Broil setting for about 5-7 minutes total brushing them with oil on top and then flipping them over after 4 minutes or so. You have to be constantly checking these though as they can easily get overcooked.

*Kabab masala: I add this to get an additional burst of flavor – You can get this at Middle Eastern/Pakistani grocers and the ingredients in this are black pepper, cinnamon,clove,dry mango powder,fenugreek leaves.


Do not overcook the kabobs or the outer covering will become thick. You should remove them as soon as they are done.

Fresh cilantro,lime and cumin I believe are the three main ingredients in this and so the other spices you can add per your taste. Use freshly roasted cumin powder for the best taste by roasting cumin seeds in a pan for a couple minutes and then grinding them.

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48 thoughts on “Easy Chicken Mince Kababs (Shaami kababs)

    1. Hi Angie thanks for thinking of me! Short notice is no problem but unfortunately the next three weekends i will be on the road mostly since i have some family visiting us. I will be happy to co-host any weekend after that though- like FF 20 onwards…thanks for asking and sorry i won’t be able to do it this time.

  1. Hi Indu! I am finally through the throng of rowdy revellers to say hello and thank you for bringing these delicious kabobs! What a great combo of flavours, chillies and all! I must look out for the kabob spice so that I can try these out! Thanks so much for coming and enjoy the party!

    1. Hi Selma thanks for stopping by! I know how crazy the FF gang is! thanks for being our host! You really need someone to control and calm the boisterous party-ers! 🙂
      As for the kabab masala, it’s really optional but if you find it , it makes it taste just phenomenal! Our indian grocers too sometimes carry Pakistani/middle eastern spices.

  2. These kababs are perfect for FF15, as I love chicken and I love something like this – easy to get and take a bite. 😀 These are so good with or without rice. Oh my! I could imagine how delicious are these! Did you bring enough for FF15 party goers?

    Hope you are having fun at FF15 and have a pleasant weekend! 😉

    1. Hey Jhuls, yes I got enough to feed the FF crowd but they are going by pretty fast 🙂 thanks for stopping by! I know it must be kind a crazy being the co-host for FF this time! You are doing an awesome job! 🙂

      1. It’s crazy in a funny-amazing kind of way! I am enjoying it so much. <3 I will do this again – pretend to be a co-host, it's really fun and exciting!

        Thanks for the compliment. Have a wonderful week! <3

  3. Give me the heat! I love adding chilies to anything and these kabobs look scrumptious. I like that you redesigned the patties knowing that they would hold better in small rounds. Also makes it easier to pass at parties like Fiesta Friday, right? Have a great weekend, Indu, and a happy Mother’s Day!

  4. Your kebabs look soooo delicious, Indu. I will bookmark your recipe and make them for sure, as they have all of the flavours that I love. I may even put in a bit of chilli for the kick! Happy Fiesta Friday to you! 😀

  5. A delicious FF offering, Indu! They sound delicious…such a great blend of flavors and seasonings. I’ll gladly take mine with the chillies, please!

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