Chicken Iskender: A Turkish Delicacy


Experience the taste of Turkey with Chicken Iskender, a delectable dish that combines succulent chicken slices over a bed of pita bread, all lavishly covered in a flavorful tomato sauce and melted butter. This dish, named after its inventor İskender Efendi, is a staple in Turkish cuisine and offers a unique blend of textures and flavors, topped off with a refreshing touch of yogurt.

Chicken Iskender: A Turkish Delicacy

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 1 plate

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 450 kcal
  • Protein: 35g
  • Carbohydrates: 30g
  • Fat: 22g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 6g
  • Sodium: 560mg


  • Chicken breast, thinly sliced: 600g (1.32 pounds or 21 ounces)
  • Pita bread: 4 pieces
  • Tomato sauce: 240ml (1 cup)
  • Butter: 60g (¼ cup)
  • Plain yogurt: 200g (7 ounces)
  • Garlic cloves, minced: 2 (about 10g)
  • Olive oil: 30ml (2 tablespoons)
  • Paprika: 5g (1 teaspoon)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Cook Chicken: Season chicken with salt, pepper, and paprika. In a skillet, heat olive oil and cook the chicken until golden and cooked through.
  2. Prepare Tomato Sauce: In a saucepan, heat tomato sauce and adjust seasoning.
  3. Toast Pita: Lightly toast pita bread and cut into bite-sized pieces.
  4. Melt Butter: Melt butter in a small saucepan.
  5. Assemble: Place toasted pita at the bottom of each plate. Top with chicken slices, pour tomato sauce, and then melted butter over it.
  6. Serve with Yogurt: Serve each plate with a side of yogurt mixed with minced garlic.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Slice Chicken Thinly: Thin slices ensure the chicken cooks evenly and absorbs the flavors.
  • Don't Overcook the Pita: Toast the pita bread until just crisp to avoid it becoming too hard.
  • Butter Quality: Use good quality butter for the best flavor.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use beef instead of chicken? 

Traditionally, it's made with lamb or beef, but chicken is a great alternative.

How to store leftovers? 

Store components separately in the refrigerator and assemble when ready to eat.

Can I make it less caloric? 

Use less butter and opt for low-fat yogurt to reduce calories.