Chicken "Kafta" Kebabs

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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.

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Preparation : 20 min Cooking : 10 min
460 calories/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] 0.2 g
ground pepper to taste [optional]
2 tsp curry powder [optional] 6 g
2 tbsp fresh mint, 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 mint and mix it 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

per 1 serving (240 g)


% Daily Value




17 g

26 %

Saturated 1 g
+ Trans 0 g

5 %


80 mg


470 mg

19 %


44 g

15 %


3 g

11 %


5 g

Net Carbs

41 g


31 g

Vitamin A

17 %

Vitamin C

31 %


16 %


33 %


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


1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
Food Group Exchanges
Starches 2 ½
Vegetables ½
Milk and Alternatives 0
Meat and Alternatives 2 ½
Fats ½

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april 06, 2009 | I would make this recipe again

Very good with ground turkey.

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