Chicken "Kafta" Kebabs

Chicken "Kafta" Kebabs

Minced chicken meat with onions, parsley, and spices.

These patties are popular throughout the Middle East. They can be made out of various types of meat, normally served with flat bread, yogurt, and salads.

4 servings
Preparation 20 min
Cooking 10 min

460 calories per serving 


1 red onions, finely chopped   150 g
1/2 bunch Italian parsley, fresh, finely chopped   50 g
460 g ground chicken, or ground turkey    
1/2 cup bread crumbs   70 g
1 tsp ground coriander   3 g
1 pinch salt [optional]   0.1 g
  ground pepper to taste    
2 tsp curry powder [optional]   6 g
3 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped   6 g
1/2 cup yogurt, plain, 2%   130 g
4 pita breads   180 g
1 tbsp olive oil   15 mL

Before you start

These patties can be cooked either using an outdoor grill or in a pan on the stovetop.


  1. Finely chop the onion and parsley, then put them in a bowl. Add the ground meat, bread crumbs, and ground coriander. Add salt and pepper. For a more piquant flavour, you may add the curry powder. Mix well until the mixture is well combined and smooth. Chill for about 10 minutes to firm up the meat mixture.
  2. The traditional « kaftas » are sausage-shaped : little balls are made first, then threaded onto skewers, and molded into a log shape about 10 cm long and 3cm thick. However, it is perfectly acceptable to shape the « kaftas » into regular patties.
  3. Cook the « kaftas » on a lightly oiled hot grill for about 10 min, until the outside is golden brown and the inside loses its pink colour. Turn the patties once halfway through the cooking. Alternatively, heat a nonstick heavy-bottom pan. Add the « kaftas » and cook for about 10 min, turning them once.
  4. While the meat is cooking, chop the cilantro leaves then mix them with the yogurt in a small bowl. Place the « kaftas » on pita bread then serve with the yogurt dip on the side.

Nutrition Facts Table

Nutrition Facts

per 1 serving (250g)


% DV*

* DV = Daily Value




17 g

27 %

Saturated 1 g
+ Trans 0 g

5 %


80 mg


470 mg

19 %


45 g

15 %


3 g

13 %


6 g


31 g

Vitamin A

20 %

Vitamin C

30 %


15 %


35 %

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Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to:

Vegetables and Fruit: 1 serving
Grain Products: 2 servings
Milk and Alternatives: ¼ serving
Meat and Alternatives: serving

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Free :
Added Sugar, Trans Fat
Low :
Saturated Fat
Source of :
Copper, Fibre, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Zinc
Good source of :
Calcium, Magnesium, Niacin, Vitamin A, Vitamin B2, Vitamin C
Excellent source of :
Folacin, Iron, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium, Vitamin B1, Vitamin K
Diet-related health claims :

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This recipe is in the following categories: Poultry | Main courses/Entrées | Diabetes-friendly | Halal | Heart-healthy | High Calcium | High Iron | Low Saturated Fat | Barbecue/Broil/Grill | Middle Eastern

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