Chicken Chapli Kebab
Chicken Chapli Kebab
5 from 15 votes
Chicken chapli kebabs are juicy, tender, and filled with flavours. This recipe is definitely one to add to your cookbook. These patty-shaped chicken kebabs come together so quickly and are the perfect appetiser to feed a crowd, snack anytime, or even pack in the picnic basket!
Chicken Chapli Kebab

Chicken Chapli Kebab is a flavorful dish hailing from the culinary heritage of Pakistan. Originating from Peshawar, these kebabs are renowned for their bold spices and tender texture.

While they may seem daunting to prepare, I assure you, they’re simpler than you think. With the right ingredients and a little patience, you can recreate the authentic taste of Chicken Chapli Kebabs right in your own kitchen.

These kebabs are a delightful blend of minced chicken, aromatic spices, and fresh herbs, all brought together to create a mouthwatering culinary experience.

The recipe strikes a perfect balance between the heat of green chilies, the warmth of ginger and garlic, and the earthiness of coriander seeds. Each ingredient plays a crucial role in enhancing the overall flavor profile of the dish.

Now, let’s dive into the heart of the recipe and uncover the secrets behind making Chicken Chapli Kebabs that are sure to impress your taste buds!

Expert Tip: While mint chutney and ketchup are classic choices, you can also try pairing the kebabs with tangy yogurt sauce, spicy mango chutney, or zesty tamarind sauce for a unique twist on this traditional dish.


Chicken Mince Keema: Chicken mince provides the base for our kebabs. Its lean texture and mild flavor allow the spices to shine while ensuring a tender, juicy bite in every mouthful.

Onions: Finely chopped onions not only add sweetness to the kebabs but also contribute to their moisture, keeping them succulent and flavorful.

Green Chillies: These fiery little peppers bring the heat, adding a kick of spice to the kebabs. They infuse each bite with a vibrant, zesty flavor that keeps you coming back for more.

Ginger and Garlic: Freshly grated ginger and minced garlic lend their pungent aroma and distinctive taste to the kebabs, enhancing their depth of flavor and providing a fragrant backdrop to the spices.

Coriander: Fresh coriander leaves add a pop of color and a burst of freshness to the kebabs, balancing out the richness of the meat and spices with their bright, citrusy notes.

Gram Flour (Besan): Acting as a binding agent, gram flour helps hold the kebab mixture together while also adding a nutty flavor and a subtle crunch to the final dish.

Crushed Chillies: These dried red chillies intensify the heat of the kebabs, adding a fiery kick that tingles the taste buds and elevates the overall flavor profile.

Turmeric Powder (Haldi): This golden spice not only imparts a warm, earthy flavor to the kebabs but also lends them a vibrant hue, making them visually appealing.

Salt: A pinch of salt enhances the flavors of the other ingredients, balancing out their sweetness and spiciness to create a harmonious blend of tastes.

Coriander Seeds: Toasted and ground coriander seeds infuse the kebabs with a subtle, aromatic flavor that complements the other spices, tying the dish together into a symphony of flavors.

Expert Tip: Don’t skimp on the fresh herbs and spices. The aromatic blend of ginger, garlic, green chilies, and coriander seeds is what gives Chicken Chapli Kebabs their distinctive flavor, so be generous with your seasonings.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve the Chicken Chapli Kebabs hot off the griddle or fryer, paired with a side of mint chutney or tangy ketchup for dipping. The cool freshness of the mint chutney or the zesty punch of the ketchup perfectly complements the spicy kick of the kebabs.
  • For a complete meal, serve the kebabs alongside fluffy naan bread or steamed rice. The mild, pillowy texture of naan bread provides the ideal vessel for scooping up the juicy kebabs and soaking up their flavorful juices. Alternatively, serve the kebabs atop a bed of fragrant rice for a hearty and satisfying meal.
  • Create a kebab platter by arranging the Chicken Chapli Kebabs on a large serving dish alongside assorted fresh vegetables, such as sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, and onions. Garnish with a sprinkle of fresh coriander leaves and a squeeze of lemon juice for an extra burst of flavor and color.
  • For a festive touch, serve the Chicken Chapli Kebabs as part of a larger spread during special occasions or celebrations. Pair them with other traditional Pakistani dishes, such as biryani, raita, and assorted kebabs, to create a feast that will delight your guests and leave them craving more.
  • Whether you’re hosting a casual dinner party or a festive gathering, these kebabs are sure to be a hit with everyone at the table.

Expert Tip: Ensure the kebab mixture is well-chilled before shaping and cooking. This helps the flavors to meld together and prevents the kebabs from falling apart during cooking.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use beef instead of chicken for this recipe?

Yes, you can definitely substitute beef mince for chicken mince in this recipe. The cooking process and seasoning will remain the same, but keep in mind that beef may have a slightly different flavor and texture compared to chicken.

Can I make these kebabs ahead of time and reheat them later?

While Chicken Chapli Kebabs are best enjoyed fresh off the griddle or fryer, you can prepare the kebab mixture ahead of time and refrigerate it until ready to cook. However, I recommend shaping and cooking the kebabs just before serving to ensure they retain their juicy texture and robust flavor.

Can I grill these kebabs instead of frying them?

Yes, you can certainly grill Chicken Chapli Kebabs for a healthier cooking option. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat and lightly oil the grates to prevent sticking. Grill the kebabs for 4-5 minutes on each side, or until cooked through and charred on the outside.

How spicy are these kebabs?

The level of spiciness in Chicken Chapli Kebabs can be adjusted according to your personal preference. If you prefer a milder flavor, you can reduce the amount of green chilies and crushed chilies in the recipe. Conversely, if you enjoy a fiery kick, feel free to increase the amount of chili peppers.

Can I freeze leftover kebabs?

Yes, you can freeze leftover Chicken Chapli Kebabs for later consumption. Allow the kebabs to cool completely, then transfer them to an airtight container or freezer-safe bag. They can be stored in the freezer for up to 1-2 months. To reheat, simply thaw them in the refrigerator overnight and then reheat in a preheated oven or skillet until warmed through.

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Chicken Chapli Kebab

Chicken Chapli Kebab

by Nabeela Kauser
Chicken chapli kebabs are juicy, tender and filled with flavours. This recipe is definitely one to add to your cookbook. These patty-shaped chicken kebabs come together so quickly and are the perfect appetiser to feed a crowd.
5 from 15 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Marination Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Appetiser
Cuisine Pakistani
Servings 6
Calories 243 kcal


  • 500 g Chicken Mince Keema
  • 2 Onions
  • 2 Green Chillies
  • 4 pieces Ginger
  • 4 Garlic
  • Coriander
  • 150 g Gram Flour Besan
  • 1 tsp Crushed Chillies
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder Haldi
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 3 tsp Coriander Seeds


  • In a blender add the chopped onions, rocket chillies, garlic cloves, and coriander before blending until a thick paste has formed but be sure not to blend until completely smooth
  • In a bowl add the paste to the mince along with the gram flour, turmeric powder, crushed chillies, salt, and coriander seeds and then mixing until all the ingredients have been incorporated
  • Refrigerate the mixture for at least 30 minutes
  • In a griddle pan lightly drizzle some oil before heating or heat up oil in a deep fryer
  • Using hands add some oil or water, form balls in your hands and then flatten to form a circular shape of about 1cm thick before shallow frying in pan
  • Flip over after a few minutes or until the side is lightly browned and allow to cook on other side
  • When cooked and both sides are evenly browned remove from the griddle pan
  • Serve immediately with mint sauce or ketchup and enjoy!



Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 243kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 21gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 72mgSodium: 512mgPotassium: 742mgFibre: 4gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 155IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 38mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Chapli, Chicken, Cooking, Food, Kebab, Recipe
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