Spiced Chicken Koftas with Sesame Seeds and Parsley

Be sure to soak wooden skewers in cold water to prevent them burning when you make Brian Turner's spicy chicken koftas
By Brian Turner
Spiced Chicken Koftas with Sesame Seeds and Parsley
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  • Serves: 4-6
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes plus 1 hr standing
  • Effort: easy


  • ½ tsp dried red chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • ½ tsp fenugreek seeds
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 450 g minced chicken
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley
  • groundnut oil, for frying
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

For the sesame seed and parsley dressing

  • 2 tsp sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • ½ finely grated lemon zest
  • ½ sesame oil
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt and black pepper


1. In a spice grinder, grind together the chilli, coriander seeds, fenugreek seeds and mustard seeds.

2. In a large mixing bowl, add the spices and crushed garlic to the chicken and mix well. Leave to stand for 1 hour.

3. Stir in the parsley and seasoning. With your hands, shape the chicken into even-sized sausage shapes and press each sausage around a soaked wooden skewer.

4. Heat enough ground nut oil to cover the base of a griddle pan. Cook the chicken koftas on the griddle pan until coloured and tender - about 10-15 minutes.

5. Combine the sesame seeds with parsley, garlic and lemon zest. Add sesame seed oil, olive oil and lemon juice and season. Serve the hot koftas with the sesame seed and parsley dressing

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