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Juicy Chicken Kofta Kebabs

juicy and tender chicken kofta kebabs served with sumac onion salad and finely chopped parsley

Hey, Kofta lovers! Would you be interested in a small twist to the traditional Kofta you make? This juicy Chicken Kofta Kebabs recipe introduces a delicious kick of Middle Eastern flavors to your favorite dish.

Chicken Kofta Kebabs is essentially made with ground chicken, garlic, onion, fresh parsley, and a few other ingredients and spices. It’s a great option for a family dinner! The result is tender, juicy chicken kabobs that will leave everyone asking for more!


juicy and tender chicken kofta kebabs served with sumac onion salad and finely chopped parsley
A new go-to recipe to satisfy your hunger


Special Recipe For You

Oh-My-God delicious taste: chicken Kafta Kababs are juicy and full of Middle Eastern flavors.

Easy: Effortless and super easy to make, this recipe will take you less than an hour to whip. Just follow the simple prep steps.

Healthy: It’s made with healthy ingredients like ground chicken, fresh parsley, and other spices.

Kid Friendly: Kids love grilled chicken recipes with tangy sauces.


What Goes Well with Chicken Kofta Kebabs?

Pair chicken kofta kebabs with a light Mediterranean salad like fattoush, sumac onions salad, or Tabbouli Salad Recipe (Tabbouleh).

Another great option is to serve chicken kebabs with cauliflower salad.

Get the unique rounded flavor of chicken kofta kebabs by dipping it into homemade garlic sauce or tangy yogurt sauce.

Go deep into traditional serving suggestions and enjoy chicken kofta kebabs with aromatic yellow Rice, quinoa, or cauliflower rice on the side.


chicken kafta cooked to perfection served on flatten bread with sumac onion salad
A yummy take on a pleasant chicken Kofta Kababs!

Expert Tips

Use a food processor to mince the parsley, tomatoes, garlic, and onions.

Make sure your wooden skewers are soaked in water for at least an hour so they don’t burn.

Don’t overcook chicken Kebabs, or they will lose their tender juicy texture.

Bake the chicken kebabs slowly on medium heat. If you cook them too fast, then the kebabs will burn on the outside and still be uncooked on the inside.

Wet your hands with a bit of cold water or oil to avoid the chicken mixture sticking to your hands.

You can bake chicken kabobs in the oven, cook them in a skillet on stovetop, or grill them outdoors.

Feel free to replace ground chicken with other meat types like ground beef, lamb, or turkey. Make sure to check out my Juicy Middle Eastern Kebabs recipe.


Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I chill the chicken kofta mixture before baking?

Chilling the chicken kofta mixture for about 20-30 minutes in the freezer will help it keep its shape.

How to store chicken kofta leftovers?

Wrap the chicken kofta leftovers in aluminum foil, then store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

How to reheat Chicken Kofta Kebabs?

Place the chicken kebabs on a baking sheet and reheat them in the oven for about 5 minutes, or in a microwave for 2-3 minutes.

Can chicken kofta kebabs be frozen?

It is better to freeze the chicken kofta kebabs’ mixture before baking. Cover the chicken mixture in plastic wrap and freeze for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to serve, let it thaw overnight in the fridge before baking.


Juicy Chicken Kofta with Middle Eastern sumac onion salad
Simple, delicious, and satisfying!

Ingredients

To make this juicy chicken kofta kebabs recipe, you will need the following ingredients and spices:

Ground chicken: I used chicken breast only for leaner kebabs, but you can use store-bought ground chicken.

Onion and garlic: To add extra savory flavor to the chicken kofta mixture. I used yellow onion in this recipe, but red onion works as well.

Parsley: It gives an authentic Middle Eastern flavor to your chicken mixture. You can also use another fresh herb like mint or dill instead.

Roma tomato: It gives extra juice to the chicken kofta kebabs mixture.

Jalapeno: This one adds an extra spicy bite to your meal.

Spices: I like to add Aleppo pepper or paprika, coriander powder, 7 spice, turmeric, garlic powder, and onion powder to the mixture. Makes a world of difference.

Baking soda: It lets the kebabs retain moisture! So add it to kebabs of all shapes and forms for an extra juicy bite.

Salt: According to taste and preference.

Pepper paste and Arabic Shatta (spicy paste): These are optional. Include them if you would appreciate a meal with extra heat.

Check the recipe card for quantities.


middle eastern chicken kofta kebabs with sumac onion salad
Delightful baked Middle Eastern Chicken Kofta kebabs!

Steps to Prep

First, chop the vegetables very finely.

Then, add the chopped veggies and spices to the chicken and mix.

After that, place the chicken mixture into the freezer for 30 minutes, or fridge for an hour.

When ready, dip your hand into the cold water and start shaping your kebabs on the wooden skewers.

Finally, place them on a parchment paper lines baking sheet and bake, covered, at 425 degrees F for 18-22 minutes, flipping halfway. You can broil them to get more color.


serve your juicy chicken kofta kebabs on flatten bread with finely chopped fresh parsley on the top
Fall in love with this tender and juicy texture

Must-Try Recipes:

Authentic Middle Eastern Chicken Shawarma

Chicken Musakhan Sliders

Kung Pao Chicken

Traditional Palestinian Musakhan Recipe

Lebanese Fried Kibbeh Recipe


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juicy and tender chicken kofta kebabs served with sumac onion salad and finely chopped parsley

Juicy Chicken Kofta Kebabs

Fatimah
This Chicken Kofta Kebabs recipe presents a tender, juicy bite that will leave everyone asking for more! Get ready to be entranced with Middle Eastern charm!
4.86 from 7 votes
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean

Ingredients
  

  • pounds ground chicken I used chicken breast only
  • 1/2 Roma tomato
  • ½ small yellow onion or red onion
  • ¼ cup parsley
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • jalapeno use more or less to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Aleppo pepper or paprika
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon 7 spice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons pepper paste optional
  • 2 tablespoons Arabic Shatta (spicy paste) optional

Instructions
 

  • Chop the vegetables very finely.
  • Add the chopped veggies and spices to the chicken and mix.
  • Place the chicken mixture into the freezer for 30 minutes, or fridge for an hour.
  • When ready, dip your hand into the cold water and start shaping your kebabs on the wooden skewers.
  • Place on a parchment paper lines baking sheet and bake, covered, at 425 degrees F for 18-22 minutes, flipping halfway. You can broil them to get more color.

Notes

  • Make sure your wooden skewers are soaked in water for at least an hour so they don’t burn.
  • Don’t overcook chicken Kabobs, or they will lose their tender juicy texture.
  • Bake the chicken kebabs slowly on medium heat! If you cook them too fast, then the kebabs will burn on the outside and still be uncooked on the inside.
  • Wet your hands with a bit of cold water or oil to avoid the chicken mixture sticking to your hands.
Keyword Chicken Kebabs, Chicken Kofta, Chicken Kofta Kebabs, Kofta Kebabs
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6 thoughts on “Juicy Chicken Kofta Kebabs

  1. Karawan says:

    5 stars
    The baking soda really does the trick in making this so juicy.
    Thanks for another great recipe!

  2. L.A. says:

    5 stars
    So juicy and tender!!! Tasted comparable to restaurant quality kabobs, will be making again!

  3. Sarah says:

    5 stars
    Can you say yum! I can’t believe how easy these are to make!
    Planning to make these tomorrow night for my guest. It’s such an easy way to serve up something delicious and substantial to a our family and friends!
    Plus groceries are so expensive and this is relatively really inexpensive to make due to the simple ingredients it calls for. I’m a busy mama so these types of recipes are organized and easy to follow!
    Oh and who knew to soak the sticks, thanks for the pro tip!

  4. Sarah says:

    5 stars
    Can you say yum! I can’t believe how easy these are to make!
    Planning to make these tomorrow night for my guest. It’s such an easy way to serve up something delicious and substantial to a our family and friends!
    Plus groceries are so expensive and this is relatively really inexpensive to make due to the simple ingredients it calls for. I’m a busy mama so these types of recipes are organized and easy to follow!
    Oh and who knew to soak the sticks, thanks for the pro tip!

  5. H Qureshi says:

    5 stars
    Really so delicious, juicy and tender. Baking soda is real game changer.

  6. Sumaiyah says:

    5 stars
    I’ve never made kebabs in my life so I was scared to try this
    But الحمد الله it was so good (and my mum was a huge fan as she’s quite hard to please)

    I even shared the recipe and sent some spices to India so my aunty could recreate this

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