Chicken Koftas with Cucumbers and Yogurt

Every year when we attend Disney’s Food and Wine Fest at Epcot Center I run to the Morocco pavilion where there is a cart set up selling beef koftas. Essentially it’s a beef meatball like patty wrapped in a pita. As soon as I saw this recipe I knew I wanted to give it a try. I made this for dinner, and although filling I would highly suggest making this for a lunch. Or at least that was my husband’s suggestion. He felt like the meal was too lunch like. Make sure you season the ground chicken well with salt and pepper, since this is the only time it can really be well flavored. 

Source: Everyday Food,  June 2011
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12-15 minutes
Servings: 4

1-1/4 lbs ground chicken
1/2 onion, diced small
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
salt and ground pepper
1-1/3 cups cucumber, diced large 
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 medium tomatoes, cut into 1/4-inch slices
8 pitas
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, for serving

1. In a large bowl, combine chicken, onion, ground cumin, and parsley–season with salt and pepper. Using your hands, mix until well combined. Form 8 oval patties. 

2. In a medium bowl, toss together cucumber, yogurt, and season with salt and pepper. Place in the refrigerate until ready to serve. 

3. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Cook patties until browned on all sides and cooked through, 12-15 minutes. Divide patties and tomatoes among the pitas. Top each pita with cucumber-yogurt sauce and fresh mint leaves. Fold and serve. 


  1. Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups

    I'm going to have to try this! It looks so simple! We go to Food & Wine every year as well and I've never tried this. Clearly I'm missing out!

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  3. Katie, these look wonderful. It is still warm enough to grill here so your recipe will definitely make its way to my table. I'm relatively new here and don't often comment, but I wanted you to know how much I like this recipe and the time I spend visiting here. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  4. I am loving this recipe! so easy! I am such a cooking rut right now, so many of your recipes are tempting me to get out of it. Looks delicious!

  5. An Everyday Cook

    I needed another way to make chicken. I imagine I could make a whole bunch and freeze them.

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