Spiced Chicken Lentil Kofta

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Preparation Time 15 minutes Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 (about 12 Kofta total) Cost Per Serving $1.70
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300gGround Chicken
3/4 cupCooked Lentils
1 1/2 tbspCumin or Garam Masala or Ras El Hanout or Za’atar (choose your favorite spice blend)
2 clovesGarlic, grated
1 tbspGinger, grated
1 tbspOlive Oil
1/2 tspSea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Mint Salad
1 tbspLemon, juice and zest
1/2 cupMint, roughly torn
1/4 cupOnion, minced
1Chili (optional), minced


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Smash the cooked lentils slightly with a fork. Then in a bowl, combine the lentils with ground chicken, spices, garlic, ginger, olive oil, salt and pepper.
  3. Roll about 2 tbsp of the mixture with your hands, into a ball or roll onto a skewer.
  4. Place the kofta on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for about 20 minutes, until cooked through the middle.
  5. Combine the lemon, mint, onion, and chili. Mix well. Serve on top of the kofta with a spoon of yogurt.


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  • Diets that are low in red meat and high in fibre-rich foods such as lentils, beans and chickpeas are associated with a lower risk of colorectal cancer and are recommended for cancer survivors.
  • Lentils are very high in fibre. A ¾ cup serving has 12 grams of fibre, which is half the amount most women need in a day, and one third the amount most men need each day. They're also an excellent source of folate, a B vitamin that is needed to form red blood cells and for proper nerve function.