This Chicken Kofta Recipe is baked in the oven and so delicious. Filled with Mediterranean flavor, and a simple recipe the whole family will love. Eat these Mediterranean Chicken Meatballs in a rice bowl with tzatziki sauce and hummus, in a pita, or serve it over greens.
I am always looking for recipes that I can use in Mediterranean bowls. In other words, anything that tastes delicious completely lathered in tzatziki sauce.
For this recipe, I really wanted to make an easy weeknight dinner that could bake in the oven. Usually chicken kofta is cooked on the grill into a kabob like shape. It's delicious both ways, but the oven is an easier method, especially when it starts getting cold out. Pair this chicken kofta with my Mediterranean rice for the perfect match!
Why You'll Love This Recipe:
- Flavor Filled. These Chicken Kofta meatballs are really juicy, and filled with Mediterranean flavor. Combine them with cucumbers, olives, rice and tzatziki sauce and you will be in heaven.
- Versatile. You can serve these kofta meatballs in a bowl, over greens or in a pita. Lots of different options and all these ways are delish!
- Quick and Easy. They only take 30 minutes to make and are really easy to prepare and stick in the oven to finish.
- Healthy & Meal Prep Friendly. This recipe is super healthy and is great for meal prepping for the week! Just fix it on Sunday and enjoy easy lunches or dinners for the next few days.
Ground Chicken- High in protein and low in fat. It's also a great choice if you are on a budget, and you can even buy organic at a fairly low cost.
Egg- Helps to bind the filling together to create the meatballs.
White Bread and Milk- Combines to make wet bread crumbs, which result in the juiciest meatballs.
Red Bell Pepper, Onion and Garlic- Chopped up finely in the food processor to create texture and add a lot of flavor to the Chicken Kofta.
Fresh Mint and Parsley- Combine into the filling for fresh Mediterranean flavor.
Salt and Pepper, Red Pepper Flakes and Coriander- For seasoning. The red pepper & coriander bring in a little bit of warmth and spiciness.
*Full recipe ingredients and quantities can be found in the recipe card below.
Substitutions & Variations:
Not big on mint? You can leave it out.
If you can't have gluten, you can substitute the white bread and milk with gluten free breadcrumbs (about ¼ cup).
Like spicy? Double or triple the crushed red pepper flakes.
How to Make this Chicken Kofta Recipe:
Step 1: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a small bowl, tear apart the sandwich bread and pour in the milk. Toss it around, so the milk absorbs into the bread. Set aside.
Step 2: Into the food processor, add in the red bell pepper, onion, mint, garlic and parsley. Pulse until very fine.
Step 3: Into a large bowl, add the egg and whisk. Then, add in the ground chicken, bread and milk mixture, the veggies and herbs from the food processor, along with red pepper flakes, coriander and salt and pepper. Use your hands or a spoon to gently combine the mixture.
Step 4: Roll into medium sized meatballs and place on a baking rack over a cookie sheet or a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Bake for 18-20 minutes until the internal temperature of the meatballs reaches 165 degrees.
Step 5: Serve with rice, pitas, hummus, cucumbers and feta, or pasta salad. Enjoy!
- If you don't have a food processor, make sure to chop up the vegetables and fresh herbs super fine.
- Check the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees before pulling out of the oven. They could take less or more time depending on the size of the kofta meatballs.
Chicken Kofta is a lot like a Mediterranean Chicken Meatball. It is filled with flavors like garlic and red bell pepper, and uses fresh herbs like mint and parsley in the mixture. It is so good!
I like to pair this Chicken Kofta with other mediterranean flavors like hummus, cucumber, feta cheese, and tzatziki sauce. Serve it over rice, like this Mediterranean Yellow Rice or Coconut Jasmine Rice. Thinking about pasta as a side for this recipe? Try this Chickpea Pasta Salad that is filled with Greek Flavors.
Yes! They can be frozen baked or uncooked. Chicken meatballs can be pretty messy when uncooked, so I suggest baking them and allowing them to cool to room temperature before freezing. Vacuum sealing will keep them the freshest for up to 2 months. To reheat, allow the meatballs to thaw, then bake for 25-30 minutes at 350 until fully cooked through.
Meal Prepping & Storage:
This recipe is great for meal prepping. Store in glass containers and get ready for an easy and delicious lunch or dinner. The Chicken Kofta heat up in the microwave or oven in no time at all.
These bowls have tzatziki sauce and hummus in the containers. The base of the bowl is brown rice with chicken kofta meatballs on top. I sprinkled a bit of feta in each container and I like to pack a piece of naan bread as well. So yummy! Eat within 3 days.
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