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Saturday, June 09, 2007

Chicken Shish Kebab

(Tavuk Sis Kebap)

Chicken Shish Kebab
350 gr chicken breast, boneless, cut in medium sized cubes
2 large tomatoes, cut in halves
2 cubanelle pepper

1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp red pepper, powder
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 garlic clove, smashed with salt
1 tsp pomegranate paste
2 tbsp olive oil

Marinate the chicken overnight in the fridge in a container with a lid. Bring the chicken to room temperature one hour before grilling. Divide up the chicken cubes and place on four skewers.

Preheat the barbecue or oven (grill). Place the skewers on the rack along with the peppers, tomato halves (inside up). Keep the marinade aside. Grill the chicken for about 7-8 minutes. Make sure to turn the skewers so that all sides are cooked equally. Every time you turn the chicken, brush with marinade.

Serve the Chicken Kebab on Turkish Rice Pilaf, lemon wedges, roasted tomatoes and Cubanelle peppers (remove the skin).

Makes 2 servings.

Meal Ideas:
- Creamy Yogurt Dip, Cig Kofte and Apple Pie with ice cream.

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At 5:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another great recipe! Thank you, Binnur!

At 10:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Selam Binnur,

we are planning a Turkish barbeque this weekend. I want to prepare this recipe, however, where do you advise I find the pomegranate paste? I can't remember having seen it somewhere here in the Netherlands, even not in the Turkish supermarkets. Could you give me the Turkish name, or suggest an alternative? Or maybe better to leave it out?

Sagol :) Meike

At 10:37 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

It is Summer...barbecue time! Enjoy it:)

Hi Meike,
You may find it under the name of "Nar Eksisi" at Turkish supermarkets. Pomegranate paste gives sourness. If you can't find it, replace it with 1 tbsp lemon juice. It would be just fine:)
Have fun:)

At 10:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Binnur

I am a turkish student in Poland. My teacher has wanted me to write a business paln about turkish Kebab. I dont know the things we need to build a barbeque and the number of persons working there. and somethin like that.. May you answer me as soon as possible.

At 10:58 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

I wish you the best but I have no knowledge about Kebab business....

At 5:50 PM, Blogger Ashley said...

i made this last week and it turned out WONDERFUL! thank you so much for sharing it :)

At 7:28 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

I am glad you liked this recipe and I
am hoping you will enjoy more of my recipes:)

At 2:53 AM, Blogger anvasquez said...

Merhaba Binnur,
I made this recipe for my sister's mother-in-law's birthday and everyone loved it. They wished I had made more! :) Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share this delicious dish with my family.
Best wishes,

At 1:02 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Merhaba Angelica,
I am glad that you all liked it. It is a pleasure to make our loved ones happy, isn't it:)
Best wishes,

At 1:32 PM, Blogger BroderWriter said...

This recipe is DYNAMITE! I made it tonight for my small family--I cannot believe how scrumptious it is! And so easy. Now, I did have to make a couple of substitutions, but because it turned out so well, it must have been OK. I used pomegranate juice instead of paste--a larger quantity, of course, and substituted paprika and mild New Mexico chili powder for the spicy chili powders (I'm serving to a four-year-old!). Fantastic, delicious--cannot say enough--thank you! Similar in taste to tandoori.

I served it with a lovely pilaf made with black cardamom pods, cinnamon quill, cloves, bay leaf, ginger, garlic, etc. with basmati rice--rice pilaf is the perfect accompaniment to this (also made a light salad of cucumbers, tomatoes, and carrots with herbs).

Love your site--thanks so much! Will recommend you on my food site,

At 12:16 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

I am glad you and your family enjoyed it. I wish I could share it with you...sounds so good:) ....wish you a lovely week,

At 7:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merhaba Binnur,

AMAN ANAM! I love this site! I am only 17, but have become very interested in Turkish cooking, even though my mother doesn't really cook it alot. When I go to North Cyprus, I am just surprised every time how beautiful turkish cuisine is. I'd just like to thank you for making this site, it's such a great inspiration for me! Please don't stop!

I would like to ask you something though. I live in England, and I'm afraid our supermarkets do not have some of your ingrediants. The ones that come to mind are the Red Pepper Powder, that I see very often, and the pomegranate paste, that I have seen on this site.

Please may you recommend substitues for me? I have bookmarked the page and am looking at new recipes all the time.

Hopefully I can make my dad and brother something special for when they come back from Kuzey Kibris!

If I see anymore ingrediants from other recipes that we don't have here, I will be writing to you again!

Thank You


At 10:50 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Merhaba Demirel,
Thank you for the warm comment:) You can find ground Red Pepper at the market's herbs aisle. You may substitute Pomegranate Paste with Pomegranate Juice or use lemon juice because pomegranate paste gives sourness. If you are close to a Mediterranean store you would be able to find almost all the ingredients that I use in my recipes. I am sure you will find a dish your dad and brother will love :)
Wish you the best,

At 2:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Greetings from wintery south island New Zealand. Just this morning on the way to work, I noticed pomegranate paste (something I had not heard of) for sale in the shop where I sometimes get coffee. Tonight I am viewing your web page for the first time and it wasn't long before I saw pomegranate paste mentioned....I think I am really going to have to make your Chicken Shish Kebab, don't you.

Your recipes make me think of warmer times ahead (and a happy time we had in Turkey).

At 10:28 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Leonie,
Pomegranate paste gives a punch to Chicjken Shish Kebap, you will love it. Also you can use it to make "Turkish Style Tomato Dip (Acili Ezme)", here is the address;

and, "Gavurdagi Salad (Gavurdagi Salatasi)", here is the address;

On the site, below the google ads on the right, there's a search box. So you can search on my site if "TC" is selected, it will help you to find any recipe that I posted:)

Summer is at the corner:)
Wish you the best,

At 3:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

this recipe looks delightful but I am just wondering if you really need the pomegranate paste I am not a big fan of anything pomegranate

At 6:33 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Pomegranate paste gives nice sourness. If you don't like replace it with 1 tbsp lemon juice.

At 9:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a pommegranate tree so can use the juice, but out of interest how do you make the paste? Dhana

At 8:53 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Dhana,
I don't make pomegranate paste at home:) They are sold in bottles.

At 11:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I was wondering what the difference is between red pepper powder and cayenne pepper...

At 12:49 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Cayenne pepper is hot. Red pepper powder is not hot and has rich red colour.

At 2:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think red pepper powder might be the same as parika? That's what I use.

I too love your website and have it bookmarked. I also just put the marinated chicken in the refrigerator.

At 2:10 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Triebensee,
Thank you:) Yes, red pepper powder and paprika are the same.
Take care,

At 5:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pommigranet paste is in fact reduced pomegranate juice sold in small bottles not reallly a paste more a syrup, Avaiable in asian dellies and supermarkets in the UK. You may find even if you dont like Pommegranate you may like the difference it makes in Turkish cooking. Great on salads and Vanilla Ice Cream.

At 1:47 AM, Blogger Allie, Peeps2 said...

Selamlar Binnur hanim!

I made this tavuk şış last night and it was fantastic. I use your site for all of my Turkish cooking needs - I lived in Istanbul for 9 months and now live in Japan, which is sadly lacking in Turkish food. My husband and I did manage to find a Turkish restaurant in Tokyo, which was awesome, but on a daily basis if we want Turkish food, we must make it ourselves. So thank you for your wonderful recipes!


At 5:20 AM, Blogger Mark Skull said...

Hi Binnur from a fairly sunny England today. I would like to say I have really enjoyed attempting your recipes and they come into their own in English summer( if there is one)when the air seems to fill with bbq smells. I wonder if you know where it is possible to buy traditional meat skewers. We had a great meal in turkey and the skewers had some beautiful ceramic and pottery handles. My daughter is off to Istanbul in a few weeks and may do better in local markets but do you know of anywhere in UK. I thought they may make the Tavuk sis kebap taste even nicer if thats possible!!

Very best wishes

Mark Skull

At 8:42 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Mark,
I live in Toronto so I don't know anywhere they sell skewers in UK, sorry:)
Best wishes,

At 3:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello! It's time to make grills and barbeques, although I desired to make mine indoors at home simply in an oven, and firstly i cooked it too long bcos meat turned out dry, second time I wrapped the meat in the kitchen foil and the result was a way better:) Just a small tip for the amatours and beginners like me:) !!!

At 2:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My name is Tina I live in the United States. I cannot find pomegranate paste. Does it matter if i use a pomegranate juice blend or would it be better to use 100% pomegranate juice. I did read in the comments that lemon juice would work so i could try that.
This will be my first expierence with turkish quisine. Do you have any suggestions for things that i should do while i'm cooking?

At 10:55 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Tina,
You can use Grenadine syrup instead of pomegranate paste which has sweet sour taste. You may use lemon juice also but add a little bit honey in the marinade:)
I may suggest you to follow all the instructions and tips I give for my recipes:)

At 9:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I adore turkish food since i went to istanbul. especially the chicken. I use yogurt, tomato paste and garlic to marinade and i am simply addicted to ground sumac now.. i always add it to my kabap marinade.. i add it to many things :-D

At 9:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur

Would it be okay to substitute pomegranate paste with pomegranate sirup? I can't find the paste anywhere! I love your side by the way!

Best wishes from Denmark

At 5:12 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Thank you:) The paste is thicker than the syrup but if you like, you can do it:)
Take care,

At 9:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the recipe. I spent 6 weeks in Central Turkey and one of the first things I wanted to do when I got home was make traditional Kebap. It came out sooo good and so close to what I remember. I'm guessing it has to be the yogurt (not having Turkish yogurt) or some other slight difference. It's a wonderful recipe and definitely a keeper. Thank you!

At 10:41 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Thank you! I am glad you liked it Jen:)


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