Persian Saffron Chicken Kebab

Persian Saffron Chicken Kebab Recipe

15.08.20 /


Thinking of making something special this weekend? Make your own version of this super popular and easy to make Persian chicken kebab. Effortless and oh-so-good! A little bit on the tangy and zesty side, serve this joojeh kabab grilled chicken BBQ right off the grill –  perfect combination with aromatic saffron rice, grilled vegetables, and herbed yoghurt – yum 😍 For more #recipeinspiration, check out  #recipeideas on the site – happy cooking!


Serves 4
  • 900gr skinless, boneless chicken breasts, preferably fresh,not frozen, cut into medium size cubes
  • 1 medium onion, grated
  • 1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt (Optional)
  • 3-4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3-4 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground saffron dissolved in 2-3
  • Tablespoons of hot water
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • A pinch of red pepper powder (optional)


  1. In a bowl combine the yogurt, onion, olive oil, lime juice, liquid saffron, salt and pepper. Blend well into a smooth mixture, adjust the seasoning with lime juice and salt and pepper.
  2. Pour the mixture over the chicken in a large bowl, making sure that all the pieces are fully covered with the sauce. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour (preferably overnight).
  3. Thread the chicken pieces onto metal skewers, place the skewers on the hot grill and continue grilling until chicken pieces are well cooked. Alternatively they can be barbequed, pan fried or oven baked (if oven baked: 180 cover and cook for 30 minutes, uncover and cook for another 10).
Persian Saffron Chicken Kebab Recipe

Serve warm with rice, garlic mint yogurt, salad, fresh herbs and pickles. Or, you can make a chicken kebab sandwich with warm bread, lettuce, tomato and onion slices with a dollop of yogurt and cucumber dressing.

Alternative recipe:

Replace the chicken in this recipe with prawns (no yoghurt); add garlic and chili

Parya Zaghand

While I think of myself as an Aussie, I’m also proud as punch of my Iranian heritage. So much so, in 2013, I created a business built around the mouth-watering delicacies of Persia; bringing you flavours of the real Iran. I wanted to create a space at the table for the golden-petaled spice: Persian Saffron.