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Chicken kofta with vegetable salad

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If you enjoy eating meat that has a peppery smoky flavour, follow our easy steps on how to cook chicken kofta.

  • Serves4
  • Cook time20 minutes
  • Prep time35 minutes
A bowl of chicken kofta skewers with green beans and pita bread.


  • 1/4 cup (60ml) olive oil
  • 1 tsp finely grated lemon rind
  • 2 tbs lemon juice
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • Pinch caster sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 500g Coles RSPCA Approved Australian Chicken Mince
  • 1 1/2 tbs Middle Eastern spice blend
  • 2 tbs finely chopped mint
  • 2 medium zucchini (400g), thickly sliced lengthways
  • 350g green beans, trimmed
  • 2 cups (500g) frozen broad beans, thawed, peeled
  • Tzatziki, to serve
  • Mint leaves, to garnish

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  1. Step 1

    Whisk oil, zest, juice, mustard, sugar and garlic paste in a large bowl, to form a dressing. Season.

  2. Step 2

    Place the mince, spice blend and half the mint in a large bowl. Mix until well combined. Divide the mixture evenly into 12 portions and, using wet hands, roll into oval shapes. Thread koftas onto skewers.

  3. Step 3

    Heat a chargrill pan on medium-high heat.

  4. Step 4

    Spray zucchini and green beans with olive oil. Season. Cook vegetables on grill, turning, for 5-8 mins or until lightly charred and tender. Transfer to a plate.

  5. Step 5

    Add zucchini, green and broad beans and remaining mint to dressing in a bowl. Toss to combine. Season.

  6. Step 6

    Place koftas on chargrill and cook, turning occasionally, for 6-8 mins or until golden brown and cooked through.

  7. Step 7

    Serve koftas with vegetable salad and tzatziki. Garnish with mint leaves.

Recipe tip

Soaking your bamboo skewers in water prevents them splitting and burning during cooking. 

Serve with some chargrilled Lebanese bread. 

Chicken mince kofta recipe

What is chicken kofta? Kofta is a type of meatball found in multiple countries, including the Middle East, Balkans and South Asia. This chicken kofta recipe most closely resembles the Lebanese version of kofta, which is made by mixing the chicken mince with spices and fresh herbs, and shaping the meat around a skewer.

Tips for making the perfect koftas

Here are some hints and hacks for making chicken kofta:

  • After mixing the kofta ingredients together, wrap the meat in cling wrap and rest it in the fridge for 6 hours.
  • After 6 hours, take the meat mixture out and divide into 12 equal-sized portions.
  • Soak the bamboo skewers in water before shaping the meat around them.
  • Press each portion of meat around its own skewer, forming a tight sausage shape.
  • Place these meat skewers back into the fridge until they become cold.
  • When grilling, ensure the skewers are cold and the grill is hot, so that the meat caramelises on the outside.

How to serve koftas

Koftas can be eaten in many different ways. You can place them in pita bread, pick them up with naan bread, or eat them with rice flavoured with parsley or sumac. For a veggie accompaniment, try pairing koftas with a herb salad, fresh cucumber and tomato, or sautéed capsicum and onion. Entertaining? Koftas go well with hummus or lemon garlic yoghurt dips.

This dish makes for a wonderful lunch on warm spring or summer days, or as a meal to celebrate the end of a work week. You can also add koftas to your BBQ repertoire to switch things up, or serve as a finger food at parties or other events.

Now get cooking

Enjoy a tasty twist on regular meatballs with this recipe for Middle Eastern-style chicken koftas. Keen to try other kofta recipes? Try these ideas, including easy lamb koftas, mint and parsley kofta with tomato and white bean salad, meat-free kofta with chickpea salad and easy vegetable kofta salad. For other recipes using chicken mince, check out chicken and two-grain stuffed capsicums, chicken nachos, chicken parmigiana rissoles, Sichuan-style noodle soup with chicken mince, Vietnamese spicy pork noodle bowl and chilli naan breads with chicken.