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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.
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 25 min
Cook Time: 20 min


Bean Purée

1 can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
½ cup plain, fat-free Greek yogurt
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 clove garlic
½ tsp ground cumin
¼ tsp each salt and pepper


2 cups fresh breadcrumbs
⅓ cup milk
1 egg
1 shallot, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
½ tsp each ground cinnamon, ground cumin and ground coriander
½ tsp salt
1 lb ground chicken


¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
2 tbsp pine nuts, toasted
2 tbsp olive oil
paprika, for garnish
2 pitas, toasted and cut into wedges

Food Safety

Before you start, wash all surfaces and your hands with soap and warm water, and remember to wash your hands, utensils and cutting boards after they touch raw meat or eggs. Avoid cross-contamination by using a different cutting board for your meat and other ingredients. Make sure you’re cooking to safe temperatures and chilling any leftovers within two hours. For more food safety tips, visit our Food Safety at Home Section.


  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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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
Protein36 g
Fat24 g
Saturated Fat5 g
Carbohydrate39 g
Fibre5 g
Sugar3 g
Cholesterol141 mg
Sodium642 mg
Per 6 meatballs with 1/2 cup (125 mL) puree and 1 pita serving % Daily Value
Vitamin A6
Vitamin C10
Vitamin B611
Vitamin B124