Chicken and Asparagus Koftas

A dish with a difference for your next BBQ. Chopped asparagus adds a lovely herbaceous flavour to the koftas. We’ve also popped some into the Tzatziki dip to add even more spring freshness to this dish.

			  Chicken and Asparagus Koftas

Makes: 8-10

Cooking time: 8 minutes


  • 8 -10 long sprigs of fresh rosemary or bamboo skewers
  • 2 bunches asparagus, woody ends removed, chopped
  • 650g minced chicken
  • 1/2 red onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 bunch coriander leaves and stalks, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground all spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil for cooking
  • Sweet chilli sauce to serve (optional)
Asparagus Tzatziki:
  • 250ml Greek yoghurt
  • 1/2 bunch asparagus, woody ends removed, chopped finely
  • 1/2 -1 Lebanese cucumber, seeds removed, grated or chopped finely
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 chilli, seeds removed and diced finely
  • Lemon juice to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. To make koftas, combine all ingredients in large mixing bowl. Wash your hands and, using moist hands, take a small handful of the mixture and mould it around skewers. Transfer skewers to a plate, cover and set aside in refrigerator for 30 minutes if time permits.
  2. Preheat a grill-plate, large heavy based frying pan or BBQ. Add a little oil olive oil and cook koftas, carefully turning them every 2 minutes until nicely browned and cooked through, about 8 minutes.
  3. To prepare Asparagus Tzatziki, combine all ingredients and transfer to a serving bowl. If not serving at once, store in refrigerator for 2-3 days.
  4. Serve koftas with tzatziki alongside.


  • Stems of rosemary make interesting skewers that infuse flavour into the food.
  • Alternatively, use stainless steel or bamboo skewers. If using bamboo skewers, soak in water for 30 minutes before using.
  • For this recipe to be gluten-free, avoid using stocks, sauces and condiments containing wheat. Take care to check ingredient labels on all products you use.

Recipe provided by the Australian Asparagus Council.

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