Exquisite Joojeh Kabab: Saffron Chicken Kabab


Joojeh Kabab, a Persian delicacy, features succulent chicken marinated in a blend of saffron, lemon, and aromatic spices, then grilled to perfection. This dish is a staple at Persian gatherings, known for its vibrant flavor and enticing aroma. Serve these juicy saffron-infused chicken kababs with fluffy basmati rice or fresh bread for an unforgettable meal that brings a taste of Persia to your table.

Exquisite Joojeh Kabab: Saffron Chicken Kabab

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes (plus 2 hours for marination)
  • Cooking Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 2 skewers (approximately 250g)

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 350 kcal
  • Protein: 30g
  • Carbohydrates: 10g
  • Fat: 20g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Sodium: 500mg


  • 1.5 lbs (700g) boneless, skinless chicken breast or thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) olive oil
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp brewed saffron (a pinch of saffron threads steeped in hot water)
  • 1 large onion, finely grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • Fresh lemon wedges and parsley for garnish

Method of Preparation

  1. In a large bowl, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, Greek yogurt, brewed saffron, grated onion, minced garlic, salt, black pepper, turmeric, paprika, and cumin. Mix well to create a smooth marinade.
  2. Add the chicken pieces to the marinade, ensuring each piece is well-coated.
  3. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight, to allow the flavors to meld.
  4. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. If using wooden skewers, soak them in water for 30 minutes to prevent burning.
  5. Thread the marinated chicken pieces onto the skewers, leaving a little space between each piece for even cooking.
  6. Place the skewers on the preheated grill. Cook for about 10-12 minutes, turning occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through and has a nice char.
  7. Transfer the grilled Joojeh Kababs to a serving platter. Garnish with fresh lemon wedges and parsley.
  8. Serve hot with basmati rice or fresh bread and a side of grilled vegetables or salad.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Marinate the chicken overnight for the best flavor and tenderness.
  • Ensure the grill is hot before placing the skewers to achieve a nice sear.
  • Use metal skewers for easier handling and even cooking.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I cook Joojeh Kabab in the oven?

  • Yes, preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C) and bake the skewers on a rack for about 20-25 minutes, turning halfway through.

How do I store leftovers?

  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat on the grill or in the oven.

Can I use chicken thighs instead of breasts?

  • Yes, chicken thighs are juicier and work wonderfully in this recipe.

Delight in the vibrant flavors of Exquisite Joojeh Kabab, a saffron-infused chicken kabab that captures the essence of Persian cuisine. Perfect for any occasion, these juicy, aromatic kababs are sure to impress your guests and become a favorite at your table. Enjoy the rich, savory taste and the beautiful golden color that saffron brings to this dish.