Iskender Chicken Kebab

    30 minutes

    This is a popular Turkish dish which is usually made with lamb but this version uses chicken for a lighter result. Delicious with yoghurt and pita.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 4 pita breads
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 4 chicken breast fillets, roughly diced
    • 2 medium onions, chopped
    • 1 clove garlic, crushed
    • 600g jar Italian tomato sauce
    • ground cumin to taste
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
    • 125g butter, melted
    • 200g Greek yoghurt
    • good handful chopped fresh parsley

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Arrange pita on a baking tray and lightly toast under the grill. Cut pittas into bite-size pieces and keep warm.
    2. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Stir in the chicken, onion and garlic and cook until chicken juices run clear. Pour in passata and season with cumin, salt and pepper. Continue cooking 10 minutes.
    3. Arrange pita pieces in a serving dish. Drizzle with butter and top with the chicken mixture. Garnish with dollops of yoghurt and parsley to serve.

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    Altered ingredient amounts. I tried this last night. I would agree with the previous comments, use lots of cumin for flavour. Also, I used some chopped tomatoes from a tin along with the tomato puree for extra moisture. Dont use too much yoghurt. Also, I added some fresh chopped mint leaves for garnish.  -  29 Sep 2008


    The actual Iskendar Kebabs are served over a bed of rice and the original recipe does not use Chicken but thin slices of mutton. Slices of meat are placed over boiled rice flavored with coriander. A layer of bread is placed on top of the meat cooked in tomatoes. The final layer is of fresh yoghurt, so much so that it soaks the bread layer. Sprinkled with paprika and coriander for garnishing.  -  29 Sep 2008


    I little remark : to my knowledge (i have been living in Turkey for about a year and a half) ISKENDER is a mutton dish, forget about light stuff like chick. I must disagree with COOKINGMUM, since i had never a chance of being served an ISKENDER KEBAB with rice. I add the following, for the perfect (to me) example: thick yogurt on a side, soaked bread on the bottom layer.  -  17 Mar 2009