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grilled chicken kofta in bowl with couscous

Best Chicken Kofta

  • Author: Kathleen
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Chicken Kofta is tender, packed with flavor, and easy to make. Combine ground chicken, fresh herbs, spices, and a few simple ingredients that is then formed into oval patties before grilling or baking. It is a common item in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines and is great served with couscous, pita, hummus, and more!


  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1 egg
  • 1 small white onion, grated
  • 12 minced garlic cloves
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint
  • 1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Oil  – for greasing pan or grill


  1. Preheat – Either preheat the grill to medium-high heat or preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Mix Chicken Mixture – In a large bowl, add all ingredients and mix together. It’s easiest to do this with your hands. Make sure all the spices are evenly distributed.
  3. Form Kofta – Use your hands (it’s easiest if you wet them) and form the mixture into oval shaped patties. I made 12. If making kabobs, skewer the kofta onto metal skewers or water-soaked wooden skewers. You may need to press them back together to fix their shape. Place them on a baking sheet or plate and set in the fridge for a few minutes until ready to cook.
  4. Grill – To cook on the grill, start by greasing the grill grates with cooking oil. I use an oiled paper towel and tongs to do this. Place each kofta skewer (or the individual patties) over direct heat. Close the lid and grill for 4-5 minutes per side. The kofta should release easily from the grill. Be careful turning them – I use a spatula to gently flip them over vs picking up the skewer as they are fragile until cooked. Kofta is done when they are lightly browned on both sides and have an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  5. OR Bake in the Oven –  To bake in the oven, place the skewers of kofta patties onto a lightly greased baking sheet (have space in between). Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes until lightly browned and have an internal temp of 165 degrees F.
  6. Serve – Allow to rest for just a few minutes then serve with your sides of choice such as couscous, pita bread, hummus, cucumber, tomatoes, and more.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Grill, Oven
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern

Keywords: Chicken Kofta, Mediterranean Chicken, Grilled Chicken Kofta

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