Weekly Winner:  Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner! Part 2

I was not terribly familiar with the term “kofta” before making this recipe.  I thought it was some sort of kebab or little meatloaf, but that was the extent of my knowledge.  Come to find out it can actually be either — or a meatball or patty.  And seriously, who doesn’t like a patty of meat?  Be it a slider, burger, ball or loaf, there is just something about it that makes people happy.  Generally, when I think of any of the aforementioned patties, chicken almost never comes to mind.  Beef?  Lamb?  You bet.  But chicken? Call me skeptical.

Chicken Kofta with Pomegranate Rice might just be the dish to change my mind.  Treated correctly, and combined with the right ingredients, chicken can actually make a tender, juicy, and very healthy patty.  Who knew?? The recipe comes from Real Simple and it is exactly that.

This is one of those dishes that smells fabulous while cooking and gets even better once you sit down and tuck into it.  Everything just goes together perfectly.  The super savory yellow rice, the amazingly tender Mediterranean-spiced chicken, the tangy yogurt, the surprising burst of the pomegranate and the crisp crunch of the cucumber.  If you’re lucky, you’ll get a bit of everything in each bite.  If not – just keep eating until you do!

Chicken Kofta with Pomegranate Rice

Serves 4

Ingredients

2/3 cup plain Greek yogurt

1/4 tsp kosher salt

1 lb ground chicken

1-2/3 tsp ground cumin

3/4 tsp ground cinnamon

1 garlic clove, minced

1 Tbsp olive oil

1Tbsp water

1 tsp fresh lemon juice

4 cups cooked yellow rice

1/2 cup pomegranate seeds

1/2 cup chopped English cucumber

Procedure:

  • Stir together the yogurt and salt.  Combine the chicken, cumin, cinnamon, garlic, and 2 tablespoons of the yogurt mixture in a medium bowl.  Shape into 8 (3-inch long) oval patties
  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium.  Cook the patties, turning occasionally until golden brown and cooked through, about 12 minutes
  • Stir the water and lemon juice into the remaining yogurt mixture.  Toss together the rice and pomegranate seeds. Serve patties with the rice; top with the yogurt sauce and cucumber.
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