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Baked Chicken Kofta

A healthy, baked chicken kofta are a great appetizers and a meal when served with some pasta or vegetables.
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine Fusion, Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 24 pieces


  • 1 ½ - 2 tablespoon Oil
  • 1 medium sized Onion chopped (about ½ cup when chopped)
  • 3 small Green Chilies chopped (approximately 2 - 2 ½ tsp, adjust to taste )
  • 2 teaspoon Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Chili Powder
  • ¾ - 1 teaspoon Salt adjust to taste
  • ¾ teaspoon Cumin Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander Powder
  • 1 Egg
  • ½ cup chopped Cilantro loosely packed
  • 1 Scallion chopped, optional
  • 1 lb Lean Ground Chicken
  • ¼ cup Breadcrumbs


  • Heat about 1 tablespoon of  oil in a pan and saute onions until soft, for a minute.
  • Then add green chilies, ginger garlic paste and saute for a minute or two until raw smell of ginger dissipates.
  • Let the mixture cool
  • To this add all the spices, egg, cilantro, scallions and mix well.
  • Add ground chicken, breadcrumbs to the mixture and mix until well combined.
  • Preheat the oven to 400F.
  • Oil a large baking tray and keep aside.
  • Apply some oil to hand, take some chicken mixture, roll into a 1 ½ - 2” diameter ball and place in the baking sheet.
  • Make rest of the kofta (meatballs) similarly  and it yields 22 - 24 meatballs.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes.
  • Switch to broil mode and broil for 3 minutes.
  • Turn off the oven and let the kofta sit in the oven for another couple of minutes.
  • Check if the kofta are cooked.  When cut in half, juices should run clear or should read 150 - 165 F on a kitchen thermometer.
  • Remove from oven and serve hot as an appetizer, or with some grilled vegetables for a meal.


  • Temperatures vary from oven to oven. Hence, when making the recipe for the first time, use the bake time as a guide to bake kofta.
  • To grill vegetables, cut vegetables in to desired size, season with oil, salt, chili powder or pepper powder and garlic powder.
  • Place it on the bottom rack, 5 minutes into baking the meatballs. Basically veggies will bake for last 15 minutes and then in broil mode.