Chicken Koftas with White Bean Purée

Chicken Koftas with White Bean Purée

A stunning and authentic Turkish dish, that doesn’t take much effort but is sure to impress family and friends.

Ingredients

  • Serves: 4
  • Prep Time:
  • Cook Time:

Bean Purée:

  • 1 can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) plain, fat-free Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp (1.25 mL) each salt and pepper

Meatballs:

  • 2 cups (500 mL) fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) each ground cinnamon, ground cumin and ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) salt
  • 1 lb (0.5 kg) ground chicken

Garnish:

  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) pine nuts, toasted
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) olive oil
  • paprika, for garnish
  • 2 pitas, toasted and cut into wedges

Bean Purée

  1. Place the beans, yogurt, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper in a food processor. Pulse until very smooth; add up to 2 tbsp (30 mL) water, if necessary. Place in a small saucepan and cook, stirring often for 5 minutes or until heated through. Adjust seasoning to taste. Set aside and keep warm until ready to serve.

Meatballs

  1. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400ºF (200ºC). Mix the breadcrumbs with milk; let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in the egg, shallot, garlic, cinnamon, cumin, coriander and salt. Crumble in the ground chicken. Gently mix until well combined. Roll into 24 meatballs and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Lightly coat the top with cooking spray. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden and cooked through.

Garnish

  1. Spread the bean purée on a large, shallow platter and top with meatballs. Sprinkle cilantro and pine nuts over the dish. Drizzle with oil and dust with paprika. Serve with toasted pita.

Nutrition Info

  • Per 6 meatballs with 1/2 cup (125 mL) puree and 1 pita serving Amount
  • Calories 514
  • Protein 36 g
  • Fat 24 g
  • Saturated Fat 5 g
  • Carbohydrate 39 g
  • Fibre 5 g
  • Sugar 3 g
  • Cholesterol 141 mg
  • Sodium 642 mg
  • Per 6 meatballs with 1/2 cup (125 mL) puree and 1 pita serving % Daily Value
  • Potassium 302
  • Calcium 3
  • Iron 21
  • Vitamin A 6
  • Vitamin C 10
  • Vitamin B6 11
  • Vitamin B12 4
  • Folate 9
  • Magnesium 5
  • Zinc 5

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