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Kofta Kebabs have been a favorite of my husband’s since he was a little boy growing up in Pakistan.   For those who don’t know kofta are kebabs made of  spiced ground meat.  We make them several times a month in our house….all different varieties. I am constantly on the lookout for new recipes.  I found this recipe in FOOD Everyday magazine.  I tweaked the amounts on the spices a little bit to meet our taste preferences.

The recipe came together fairly easily and is perfect for a weeknight meal.  Give them a try if you are looking for something new to add to your dinner rotation!

Middle Eastern Chicken Kofta Pockets

(adapted from FOOD Everyday magazine)

  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup plain dried breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • pita pockets, for serving
  • lettuce, sliced tomatoes, and sliced cucumber, for serving

Minted Yogurt Sauce

  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • coarse salt
  • ground black pepper
  1. Heat broiler, with rack in highest position.
  2. In a large bowl, combine chicken, egg whites, breadcrumbs, onion, cilantro, garlic, salt, and spices and mix until well blended.
  3. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil.
  4. Divide chicken mixture into 8 portions and place on sheet. Shape each into an oval patty and use your hand to flatten slightly. Drizzle 1 tablespoon oil over patties.
  5.  Broil until lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Flip and cook until cooked though, about 4 minutes more.
  6. Yogurt Sauce:  In a small bowl, stir together yogurt, mint and lime juice. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Serve patties in pita pockets with lettuce, tomato, cucumber, and yogurt sauce.

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