In an era of hip, glitzy convenience, it’s almost inconceivable that anyone would drive more than 10 minutes for what in some quarters would be considered fast food. But that’s what I find myself doing time and again: I jump in the car, unprompted, and travel 11 miles to Chicken Kabob to satisfy my craving for koobideh.
Koobideh is Persian for a free-form skewer of ground chicken spiced with saffron, onion, and garlic powder. This kabob of sorts is grilled until golden and served on a plastic plate with baked tomato halves and basmati rice, tossed with dill and lima beans.
Add a little yogurt sauce and the sprightly cucumber salad (diced tomatoes, cucumber and onion hit with tarragon, mint, and basil). Tuck a bit of everything inside the pliant lavash bread, and the flavors come together in a delicate and soul-stirring way.
I often order the No. 8, a combination platter with koobideh and a tender, similarly spiced chicken kabob. In truth, it’s far more food than I need, but that means lots of leftovers to prolong the experience. Just make sure to order an extra cup of cucumber salad. 9678 E. Arapahoe Road, Greenwood Village, 303-953-7388