Chicken Kofta Gulf Style


Your food processor is going to be your best friend when making this recipe because you literally use it to grind everything. The worst possible thing you can do is not use one when making kofta. No one wants big bits of stuff sticking out of one after all. I have previously posted a chicken kofta recipe here on the blog but this recipe is quite different. This is the recipe you will find being made throughout the Gulf countries. When I make these I always serve them with white rice, samboosas and salad.

4 skinless and boneless chicken breast, boiled
1 large potato (or 4 small ones), boiled
1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
2 eggs
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/4 cup oats
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 small white onion
2 garlic cloves
1/4 cup olive oil

1. In the food processor grind the chicken breast then add into a large mixing bowl. Add the onion, parsley and garlic, pulse in the processor then add into the bowl with the chicken. Next, process the potatoes (skin and all) and add to the chicken mixture.

2. In a large saute pan on medium heat add olive oil.

3. In the bowl add cheese, mayonnaise, oats, salt, pepper and eggs. Mix well. Roll the mixture into golf sized balls and place into the pan (I cooked 2 batches). Cover pan and allow to cook for about 3 minutes until bottom is golden then with tongs carefully flip and allow over side to cook. Place koftas on a paper towel lined dish and serve.

Yields: 25

8 Responses to Chicken Kofta Gulf Style

  • Out of a family of five I am the only one who likes white meat so our freezer is full of cooked breast. Usually I make chicken enchiladas or quesadillas but this makes a great change! These are tender and tasty and full of flavor – and a very easy dinner. I can tell you grew up in the South from the touch of mayo! It really does the trick (spoken as a Marylander who grew up eating crab cakes!)

    • I love white meat as well, its all I will eat. My son is pretty neutral and will eat whatever but he does prefer the leg. Believe it or not this is a full Arabic recipe. They go nuts about their mayo here in the Gulf and have it with EVERYTHING even fries.

  • I think just licked the screen hehe

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  • Salaamun alaikum Noor,

    Can these chicken koftas be made and then frozen?

  • Sorry, another question:
    I’ve made similar chicken balls w RAW ground chicken that is mixed with all the ingreidents, formed into balls, then cooked in the pot.
    Any idea if I could use raw ground chicken instead of cooked chicken for this recipe? Pls advise. Ahsant.

    • Yea sure you can do whatever works best for you. The reason that I do this is because it is hard to grind chicken that is raw and I rarely buy it already ground bc I am unsure what else they add to it.

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