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Joojeh kabob on metal skewers
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Saffron Yogurt Chicken Kabab (Joojeh Kabob)

This is a flavorful grilled meal of chicken in saffron marinade. Cook the Persian chicken kabob on your grill for a fantastic summer meal!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Marinate Time45 minutes
Total Time1 hour 7 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Iranian, Middle Eastern, Persian
Servings: 6
Author: Kevin



  • Grind the saffron threads in the palm of your hand, or to make it easier, use a mortar and pestle. Mix with 2 tablespoons of warm water in a large bowl and allow saffron to bloom for a few minutes to draw out as much color as possible. It should be a deep ruby red. Set aside (I keep mine in the mortar).
  • Using a box grater set over a bowl, finely grate the onion. This will get juicy! When complete, gather grated onion and let drain in a mesh sieve. Transfer drained onion to another mixing bowl and discard onion water.
  • Add the yogurt, garlic, parsley, sumac, bloomed saffron, salt and pepper to the grated onion. Mix thoroughly to incorporate completely. Add chicken to bowl and toss to coat with marinade. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate 45 minutes.
  • Preheat grill to 350°F. Clean grill grates and coat with oil or cooking spray. Shake excess marinade from chicken. Skewer 4 pieces of marinated chicken onto each skewer. Discard leftover marinade.
  • Grill skewers for 2-3 minutes on one side, flip over and grill for another 2-3 minutes depending on size of cubed chicken (the internal temp needed is 165°F).
  • Serve with warm pita or lavash, steamed rice, couscous, vegetables or salad of choice.


  1. I use chicken breast meat, or tenders/strips or thigh meat.
  2. Here are approximate cooking times for chicken grilled at 350°F. Internal temp needed is 165°F.
    • Boneless breast, cubed/skewers: Grill for 4 minutes per side, then check the internal temp.


Calories: 219kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 398mg | Potassium: 688mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 109IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 1mg