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How to Make Jujeh Kebab at Home (Persian Saffron Chicken Kebab)

Updated on August 31, 2014

Ingredients for 4 servings

  • 1 Kg or 2lbs of chicken breasts (boneless and skinless)
  • 1 large grated onion
  • 1 cup of plain whole milk yogurt
  • 4 tablespoon, lime or lemon juice that is freshly squeezed
  • 4 tablespoon, saffron crushed and mixed with 3 tablespoon hot water
  • 2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 fresh tomatos

The Kebab can be served along with Middle Eastern bread but it is specially served with aroma-filled saffron rice. It is important to use unfrozen, boneless chicken breasts and leave lot of time to marinate. I make sure to leave the chicken for a night in fridge so that it marinates well. If you do not have enough time, you can marinate it for one to two hours and then take it out for cooking.


  • Marinade preparation: mix the onions, olive oil, yogurt, salt, pepper, saffron in a bowl that is large enough. Blend this mixture nicely into smooth one and add seasoning as needed.
  • The chicken breast pieces needs to be cut into 1 to 3 inches which is about 2 to 4 cm and added to the marinade mixture. Ensure that all the pieces are covered well in the marinade mixture. Cover the mixture with plastic wrap and keep it in fridge overnight.
  • Arrange the tomatoes like thread on the skewer and then put in on the fire for few minutes together before the chicken. Metal skewers are threaded with chicken pieces and let over the hot grill to cook till all of the pieces are well cooked. Make use of thin skewers in order to make Jujeh Kebab.
  • Serve fresh vegetables, aromatic saffron rice, yogurt and salad along the sides.
  • Relish the taste

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Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 1 hour 15 min
Yields: Serves four people
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 600
Calories from Fat90
% Daily Value *
Fat 10 g15%
Saturated fat 3 g15%
Unsaturated fat 2 g
Carbohydrates 85 g28%
Sugar 6 g
Fiber 4 g16%
Protein 40 g80%
Cholesterol 90 mg30%
Sodium 1050 mg44%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.


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      Susan 3 years ago from India

      Wow.. This is making my mouth water. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.