Ali Nazik Kebab: Chicken with Yogurt and Eggplant


Immerse yourself in the flavors of Anatolia with Ali Nazik Kebab, a Turkish delicacy that combines grilled chicken with a luscious blend of yogurt and smoked eggplant. This dish, originating from the Gaziantep region, is a splendid mix of smoky, creamy, and savory flavors, beautifully balanced to create a truly exquisite culinary experience.

Ali Nazik Kebab: Chicken with Yogurt and Eggplant

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 25 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 1 plate

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 420 kcal
  • Protein: 28g
  • Carbohydrates: 18g
  • Fat: 26g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Sugar: 9g
  • Sodium: 480mg


  • Chicken breast, cubed: 600g (1.32 pounds or 21 ounces)
  • Eggplants: 2 medium-sized
  • Plain yogurt: 300g (10.5 ounces)
  • Garlic cloves, minced: 3 (about 15g)
  • Butter: 30g (2 tablespoons)
  • Olive oil: 30ml (2 tablespoons)
  • Paprika: 5g (1 teaspoon)
  • Ground cumin: 5g (1 teaspoon)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley, chopped for garnish

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Grill Eggplant: Char eggplants over an open flame until the skin is blistered. Peel and mash the flesh.
  2. Prepare Yogurt Mixture: Mix yogurt with minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Combine with mashed eggplant.
  3. Cook Chicken: Season chicken with cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper. In a skillet, heat olive oil and cook the chicken until golden.
  4. Melt Butter: In a small saucepan, melt butter until it turns a light brown color.
  5. Assemble: Spread the yogurt-eggplant mixture on a serving plate, top with grilled chicken, and drizzle with melted butter.
  6. Garnish: Sprinkle with chopped parsley and extra paprika if desired.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Smoke the Eggplant Properly: Ensure the eggplants are well charred for a deep smoky flavor.
  • Balanced Yogurt Mixture: Adjust garlic in the yogurt to suit your taste.
  • Don't Overcook the Chicken: Keep the chicken juicy by not overcooking it.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use a grill pan for the eggplants? 

Yes, if an open flame is not available.

How to store leftovers? 

Store in separate containers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Can I use beef instead of chicken? 

Traditionally, it's made with lamb, but chicken and beef are great substitutes.