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Chicken Kofta Kebabs
Turkish by origin, Kofta Kebab is a popular delicacy in Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and South Asian cuisines. Kofta, which is ground or minced meat, when combined and cooked with aromatic spices and herbs turns into wonderful kofta kebabs.

Chicken Kofta Kebabs, made with ground chicken and a selection of herbs and spices to compliment the chicken, serve as great party appetizer and breakfast item. Cooked easily by broiling in an oven or searing in a pan or grilling on skewers, they can be served in a variety of ways. Serve them with your favorite ketchup or chutney, use them with bread or bun to make chicken sandwich, or slice and wrap them in a tortilla or a flat bread to make chicken rolls. You can add your favorite seasoning and fresh herbs to the sandwiches and rolls made with kofta kebabs.

Chicken Kofta kebabs, when dipped in curry, is called Chicken Kofta Curry (Recipe coming soon).

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Serves 7 to 10
Ground Chicken
1 pound
Ginger-Garlic Paste
1/2 teaspoon
Red Chili Powder
1/2 teaspoon or according to taste
Kebab Masala (Optional)
1 teaspoon
Black Pepper
1/4 teaspoon, crushed or powdered
Olive Oil
3 to 4 tablespoons or as required
1 1/4 teaspoon
1/2 medium, finely chopped
Coriander Powder
2 teaspoons
Garam Masala Powder
1/4 teaspoon
2 tablespoons, finely chopped
2 tablespoons or as required
Lime Juice
1 tablespoon
Step 1
Put the ground chicken in a bowl. Remove the moisture by patting it dry (as much as possible) with paper towel or tissue paper. Ground chicken needs to be dried for making smooth kofta kebabs.

You can replace chicken with any meat of your choice, such as ground turkey, lamb, or beef.
Step 2
Add the ginger-garlic paste, coriander powder, red chili powder, garam masala powder, kebab masala (if using), chopped cilantro, breadcrumbs, lime juice, and salt to the ground chicken. Mix well.

Kebab masala adds extra kick to the kofta kebabs and is available in Indian or South Asian grocery stores or gourmet markets. However, kofta kebabs will taste great even without kebab masala.
Step 3
Now, check the meat mixture for moisture by taking a small quantity in your palms and trying to shape it like a small ball. If the meat mixture sticks to your palms and breaks while you are trying to shape it, add about 1 to 2 tablespoons of bread crumbs to the meat mixture and mix well. Breadcrumbs will absorb extra moisture and help in binding.
Step 4
Take a baking tray and layer it with aluminum foil. Grease the foil evenly with olive oil or another cooking oil of your choice.

Shape the meat mixture into small balls (kofta kebabs) and lay them in a single layer on the greased baking tray. You can adjust the size of the kofta kebabs according to your preference. You will be able to make about 15 to 20 kebabs with a pound of ground chicken.

Next, brush the kofta kebabs with oil using a brush or the back of a greased spoon. You can also choose to flatten the kofta kebabs with the back of a greased spoon.
Step 5
There are different methods of making kofta kebabs. This recipe follows the broiling method. When broiling, the food is cooked in an oven at a high temperature with heat coming from the top. Most of the ovens have the option to broil.

Set the oven to broil, and keep the baking tray with kofta kebabs on the upper rack of the oven. In about 7 to 10 minutes, kofta kebabs will start to turn golden-brown on the top side. At this point, if there is any water on the tray, take the tray out of the oven and drain the water.

Next, flip the kofta kebabs to broil them on the other side. Again, it will take about 7 to 10 minutes for them to turn brown. Every oven heats differently, and your oven may take more or less time to broil the kofta kebabs.

Your Chicken Kofta Kebabs are ready.

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