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Joojeh Kabab

Joojeh Kabab is the official food of Iranian parties and gatherings. It is delicious, really easy to prepare, and can be used as munchies, making it the perfect party food. Iranians usually gather around the grill, take pieces of hot chicken, and enjoy each other's company while preparing the kabab.
Prep Time2 hrs
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time3 hrs 30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Persian
Keyword: Joojeh Kabab
Servings: 4
Calories: 880kcal
Author: Shahab Shabani


  • 1.8 kg chicken
  • 2 large onions
  • 2 tbsp yogurt
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise
  • Two pinches saffron
  • salt
  • pepper


  • Cut the breast and thighs into medium-sized and equal pieces. You need separate sticks for breasts and thighs since their cooking times are not the same.
  • Let the chicken pieces rest with salt, onion, (and optionally bell peppers) in the fridge for at least 1-2 hours.
  • Then remove the onions and add your brewed saffron to the chicken for 1 hour.
  • Add mayonnaise/olive oil, lime/lemon juice, salt, and pepper, depending on your taste, and let it rest for another 30 minutes.
  • Place similar chicken cuts on the same sticks, breasts with breasts, and wings with wings.
  • Now, you should heat the charcoal to a red hot color and let them get a little bit of ash on top.
  • Place the sticks on the grill, only use your hand-fan or blower every 2-3 minutes only for 10 seconds. When you see one side getting cooked, turn your stick and let the other side cook.