Chicken Kofta with Pomegranate Rice

February 12th, 2017

Chicken Kofta with Pomegranate Rice

We are now officially Florida residents for the next 6 weeks.  The rental house is small, but the kitchen is updated and very functional.

NSB Kitchen

I am always seeking out new recipes.  From a stack of magazines in the cottage, I found this recipe for Chicken Kofta with Pomegranate Rice in an issue of Real Simple.  When I travel to rental houses, I prefer to bring herbs and spices. The basket you see next to the refrigerator holds all of my favorites from home. These Middle Eastern ground chicken patties call for cumin and cinnamon; a great flavor combination.

Chicken Kofta with Pomagranate Rice

The chicken is served with yellow rice with pomegranate seeds, cooling cucumber slices and a lemon infused yogurt sauce.  We enjoyed this on the backyard patio.  The ocean is just two blocks away.


We love this small beach community.


2/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 lb. ground chicken
1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 garlic clove, minced
1 Tbsp.extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp. water
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
4 cups cooked yellow rice
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
1/2 cup sliced English cucumbers

Stir together the yogurt and salt.  Combine the chicken, cumin, cinnamon, garlic, and 2 tablespoons of the yogurt mixture in a medium bow.  Shape into 8 (3-inch long) oval patties.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium.  Cook the patties, turning occasionally, until golden brown and cooked through, about 12 minutes.

Stir the water and lemon juice into the remaining yogurt mixture.  Toss together the rice and pomegranate seeds.  Sere the patties with rice; top with the yogurt sauce and cucumber.

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14 responses to “Chicken Kofta with Pomegranate Rice”

  1. Monique says:

    What a cute place! You know part of my heart lives by the ocean..enjoy..
    I love poms in dishes..

  2. Barbara says:

    Yum, Penny. Love the idea of pomegranate rice!
    It’s a surprise how little space one needs…my apartment is much smaller than my last house, but there are two bedrooms and aside from a living rm/dining rm/kitchen combo, what else do I need? The location is perfect.

  3. Tac says:

    From the looks of that beautiful beach picture, it seems you may be on Florida’s west coast now?

  4. Penny at Enjoying The Simple Things says:

    It looks good! What a sweet cottage and so close to the ocean!

  5. Sandy Roggero says:

    As well as your blog (which was an influence, among other things, for me to move to Asheville, NC, by the way), I enjoy the links on your blog and wonder if you might enjoy this blog (not on your list):

  6. Your rental house seems to have a nice kitchen and what you will cook there will be first rate knowing you. Your chicken kofta sounds great. We used to stay at the Riverview right next to the bridge in New Smyrna Beach each year when we went to Bike Week and Biketober Fest in Dayton. New Smyrna is a nice little town…I know you will enjoy your time spent there.

    • Penny says:

      I guess I forgot that you guys were Bikers. David is looking forward to Bike Week. We have friends coming down for it as we do every year. Will have to check out Riverview. Love NSB. Had a hamburger at The Beacon, Croissants from Mon Delice and dinner at The Garlic.

  7. Kathy Walker says:

    This is my kind of cooking adventure! I love the Mid Eastern flare….Sounds delicious.

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