I tried this dish at a Turkish restaurant in London and was amazed by its delicious taste! I later found out that this dish was named after Alexander the Great, whom the Persians called 'Iskender.' Apparently it was his favourite food.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Arrange pita bread on a baking sheet, and lightly toast in the oven. Cut pita bread into bite-size pieces, and keep warm.

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  • Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the chicken, onion, and garlic, and cook until chicken juices run clear. Mix in tomato puree. Season with cumin, salt, and pepper. Continue cooking 10 minutes.

  • Arrange pita pieces in a serving dish. Drizzle with butter, and top with the chicken mixture. Garnish with yogurt and parsley to serve.

Nutrition Facts

667 calories; 36.2 g total fat; 144 mg cholesterol; 886 mg sodium. 48.6 g carbohydrates; 37.3 g protein; Full Nutrition


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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/19/2011
I was happy to see this recipe. Actually the original Iskender Kebab was made famous by Iskender Efendi who has two of the most famous restaurants in Turkey located in Bursa- they use toasted pita not rice. I highly recommend anyone visiting turkey to eat there. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
03/19/2008
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 yogurt so much so that it soaks the bread layer. Sprinkled with paprika and coriander for garnishing. Read More
(54)
21 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 2 stars
03/19/2008
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 yogurt so much so that it soaks the bread layer. Sprinkled with paprika and coriander for garnishing. Read More
(54)
Rating: 4 stars
10/19/2007
You can also try this recipe with very thinly cut beef slices or minced meat. For the best taste real butter could be used. Another suggestion could be to add some garlic paste to the yoghurt. The name is not coming from Alexander the Great but from the name of the cook who invented and made this dish famous decades ago. His name was "Iskender" and he was from the city of Bursa. Cheers Read More
(36)
Rating: 4 stars
06/23/2010
As someone from the plae of the original recepie of Iskender Kebap I liked the idea how it is twisted for making it at home. The common points with the original is the Tomato sauce the yogurt and serving it over Pitta Bread. The original uses calf meat grilled nicely on a vertical skew also know as Doner (from the litteral meeaning of the word rotating). As the cook rotates the skew against the heat source he or she slices the cooked meat than the thin slices of meat is placed over warm bite size cut pitta (no spices) and served along side with thick full fat yogurt. On the table very warm tomato sauce (slightly diluted tomatoe paste and olive oil) and sizzling molten purified butter is poured over. You can immitate these thin slices of meat by taking out a block of frozen meat and cutting it thinly after letting it get slightly thaw partially than frying the cuts on a teflon pan by adding just a little butter salt and pepper. Iskender is best made in Bursa Turkey. Consider Turkey for your holidays a little far from US but worth visiting for gourmet. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/26/2012
I have lived in Turkey for several years and Iskender Kebab is great. The why it is served in Turkey is on pide and is made with thin slices of doner which can be lamb or a mixture of lamb and beef. It will have a tomatoes sauce on top thin melted butter poured over it all. Read More
(15)
Rating: 4 stars
09/23/2005
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 yogurt. Also I added some fresh chopped mint leaves for garnish. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/19/2011
I was happy to see this recipe. Actually the original Iskender Kebab was made famous by Iskender Efendi who has two of the most famous restaurants in Turkey located in Bursa- they use toasted pita not rice. I highly recommend anyone visiting turkey to eat there. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/26/2012
Good recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2007
Deliciously simple and tasty! My husband loves making this dish as it's very straight forward... I highly recommend it! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/21/2009
altogether I thought this was pretty good. We used quite a bit of cumin and served with pitas and homemade hummus. Read More
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