Grilled Kebab Saffron Chicken recipe

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iranian barbecued chicken kabob basted saffron

Jujeh Kabob

Iranian style juicy chicken pieces marinated in onion and lemon juice. Placed on skewers and grilled over a charcoal fire or broiled in the oven. Basted with saffron butter mixture.

Served with steamed rice and grilled tomatoes on the side.

For best results use wider than usual metal skewers. Cook beef over charcoal fire. Heat coals until they are ash gray.

Kabob means 'barbecue' and Jujeh means 'little chick' in the Persian language or Farsi (Arabic pronunciation of Parsi).

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  1. Chicken - 2 1/2 lbs
  2. Onion - 1 medium finely grated
  3. Salt - 2 teaspoons
  4. Saffron - 1/8 teaspoon
  5. Butter - 4 tablespoons
  6. Lemon juice - 1/2 cup


  1. Cut chicken into medium sized pieces or strips.
  2. Grate onion and squeeze the juice into a bowl.
  3. Add lemon juice and seasonings and mix well. Add chicken strips and marinate at room temperature for a few hours or leave overnight in the refrigerator.
  4. Dissolve saffron with a bit of warm water, blend with melted butter.
  5. Preheat oven broiler on high heat
  6. Place strips of chicken on skewers, suspend skewers across a roasting pan deep enough to catch juices and place in the oven turned down to medium heat.
  7. Or light charcoal fire, let coals burn until they are ash white before placing skewered chicken on grill.
  8. Frequently flip the skewers and baste chicken with saffron butter mixture.
  9. Chicken is done when juices turn from pink to either clear or a yellow color.


  1. Serve with steamed rice alongside barbecued tomatoes, and a large spoonful of thick yogurt.
How to prevent kebabs from rolling

Steven Raichlen Best of Barbecue Signature Stainless Steel Grilling Kabob Skewers, Set of 2 (17 x .98-Inch Wide) Garden, Lawn, Supply, Maintenance

Taken from the comments section at Amazon

"These stainless steel jems are simply the best........ The quality and workmanship is excellent. Unlike water soaked bamboo skewers that will burn up, you can cook your kabobs on very hot fires and get that crusty exterior that makes em taste great. These skewers are flat and can be turned with tongs or even pliers. The meat and veggies will not spin. They are dish washer safe."

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