July 27, 2011

Everyday Food Chicken Koftas with Cucumbers and Yogurt

If left on their own the three men in my house, would more than likely eat pork at every meal. Yesterday my two youngest children successfully finished off an entire packaged of apple wood smoked bacon (don't worry it was cooked!). While, I appreciate pork as much as the next person, I also want my family to eat a well rounded diet, with a larger portion of white meat. Each week I try to make one vegetarian, one chicken, and one fish recipe, to both expose my children to new tastes and to make sure we all live a long healthy life. The one form of chicken meat that I have a harder time appreciating is ground chicken. Oftentimes, I find the meat to be dry due to its lack of fat. Therefore, I am always looking for new recipes involving chicken meat, and I was intrigued when the June issue of Everyday Food magazine had a recipe for Chicken Koftas with Cucumbers and Yogurt.

This recipe has 11 ingredients and I was easily able to find everything at my local grocery store. I normally grind my own chicken fresh, but for this recipe I used frozen ground chicken that I had made at an earlier date. My total prep and cooking time was approximately 30 minutes. I followed the recipe as stated, with the exception of adding 1/2 teaspoon of cumin as suggested, I made no other modifications.

Since I cook and bake so frequently, I am bound to run into recipes that are less than stellar. This recipe ended up being one of those occasions. My husband and I were not fans of the chicken being formed into patties. The chicken was dry, I would have preferred it crumbled and my husband thought it would benefit from the patties being as thin as a fast food burger. There was too little sauce for the amount of meat and I was not a fan of the mint being loose instead of incorporated into the sauce. I think that this dish would have benefited from the addition of more spice to the chicken patties. I love finding healthier ways to make common dishes, but this is one recipe that I will stick to the traditional lamb version, the taste is so much better!

For the recipe go to Everyday Food Chicken Koftas with Cucumbers and Yogurt.


  1. I will definitely be trying this recipe! I get so tired and bored with the usual fried, grill, baked, and broiled chicken. I have been looking for something different to do with the "yard bird"! I'll be sure to let you know what my family thinks of the new chicken!

    Thanks for supporting my blog also!

  2. Thanks for letting us know it wasn't really that good!

  3. Hi Im a New GFC Follower. I came from Get Wired Wednesday Blog Hop! Thanks for sharing this recipe. I will be trying it out.

  4. Looks delicious! That's the kind of food we make at our house. ;)

  5. What a great recipe and yogurt is so good for you. Lots of probiotics. Thanks so much. I'll definitely be checking out this blog regularly.


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