Friday, 5 August 2011
Bulgur Köfte with Chicken
This is a lovely, filling, easy köfte dish to make that most if not all people will eat. You can make the Köfte ahead of time and freeze making this a very quick meal to make.
250 gr chicken pieces
2 cups prepared köfte
2 tbsp pepper paste(tomato)
1/2 cup cooked chickpeas
You can either use chicken breast or chicken on the bone to make this dish. Most people will use chicken on the bone that has been cut into small pieces.
Take a saucepan and put the chicken pieces into it, cover with water bring to the boil and then simmer until the chicken is cooked. At this time add in the pepper paste, cooked chickpeas, salt and pepper then taste. Add in more water until it covers the chicken well and bring to the boil. Turn down to a simmer and add in the köfte. While the köfte is coooking stir a couple of times. The water level needs to be above the köfte. If you need to add in more water only add in boiling water at this time. When the köfte are ready they will rise to the top. Taste again and if needed add in more pepper paste and salt. Take off the heat and serve.
If you want to use chicken breast for this I would recommend frying the chicken pieces in some olive oil then adding in the water or chicken stock and following the rest of the recipe.
The reason why chicken on the bone is used is because the flavour is nicer and you are cooking the chicken first then using that stock to create the base of the dish.
I usually have in my freezer cooked chickpeas and prepared bulgur köfte making it easier to have dishes like this or pilavs on the table quickly.
Hope you enjoy this as it is a hearty meal yet not too heavy. I will be giving a bulgur köfte based recipe for each week for the rest of the month.