Full Turkish Lunch

Amazing Medeterranean flavors for family and friends. Medeterranen Chicken and Kofta Balls served with Rice Pilaf, Hummus, Pita Bread, Spiced Tomato Sauce and Garlic-Parsley Yogurt Sauce.


  1. For the Roasted Chicken:
  2. 1 5 Kg chicken (legs and thighs)
  3. Spices: salt pepper 1 tsp smoked paprika 1 tsp cumin 1/2 tsp turmeric powder 2 tsp dried oregano
  4. 2 chilis
  5. 8-10 pcs tomatoes
  6. 3 limes or lemon
  7. 4 sprigs rosemary and thyme (or 2 tsps each if dried)
  8. 1 cup chicken stock or water
  9. For the Kofta Balls:
  10. 1 Kg Beef Mince
  11. Spices (powder): salt pepper 1 tsp garlic 1 tsp cumin 1 tsp coriander 1 tsp turmeric 1/2 tsp cayenne 1 tsp cinnamon
  12. Mozzarella (small cubes)
  13. For the Caramelized Pineapple Salsa:
  14. 2 cups diced pineapples
  15. half a red onion
  16. 2 tomatoes
  17. Salt and pepper
  18. Parsley
  19. For the Pita Bread:
  20. 1 1/2 cups flour (bread flour or all-purpose flour)
  21. 1/2 cup water
  22. 1 packet or 2 1/4 tsp of active dry yeast
  23. 3 tsp oil
  24. 1 tsp salt
  25. 1 tbps sugar
  26. For the Hummus:
  27. 2 cups canned chickpeas
  28. 1/2 cup tahini
  29. 1/4 cup olive oil
  30. 2 cloves garlic
  31. Salt and Pepper


  1. Mediterranean Roast Chicken:
  2. Season the chicken with the spices then zest and juice one lime and rub it on the chicken Set aside for at least 30 minutes (you can do this the night before)
  3. Change Preheat the oven to 400F Prepare the roasting pan Roughly chop the tomatoes and the other 2 limes Chop and add the chili in the tray Season then pour the stock or water then place a grill or rack on top for the chicken
  4. Cook for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes Rest the chooks and take the roasting pan to the stove to make the sauce Remove the limes and crush the tomatoes Stir and reduce This will be the sauce for the kofta Add more stock or water if needed
  5. Kofta Balls:
  6. Mix all the spices with the minced beef Shape into golf-sized ball then push the mozzarella cubes in the center then reshape Shallow fry in a skillet until cooked
  7. Caramelized Pineapple Salsa:
  8. On a dry pan caramelize the pineapple until a little brown then chop into small cubes Mix with finely chopped onion and garlic Season and add chopped tomatoes and parsley
  9. Pita Bread:
  10. Mix together the flour yeast salt oil sugar and water until it forms a rough dough
  11. Transfer to a floured surface then knead until dough is smooth and supple
  12. Set aside to prove for 1 hour or until doubled in size
  13. Punch down and divide into 8 or 10 balls Roll-out each ball thinly
  14. On a dry pan cook the bread on each side until light brown Wrap the stack of pita bread in a cheese cloth or clean towel to keep it soft and warm
  15. Hummus:
  16. Combine all ingredients in a blender then blitz away You can drizzle the oil into the blender while its mixing to avoid splitting Adjust the salt as you see fit Bon appetit

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