Turkish Spicy Fried Chicken With 2 Side Dishes

Delicious Turkish fried chicken with different spices, garlic, pepper paste, and yogurt marinated. I cooked it on a stovetop with a copper traditional pan. But you may use cast iron or nonstick pans too.

Ingredients for the Spicy Fried Chicken: (For 3-6 servings) 

  • 3 chicken leg with thigh 
  • 1 tsp pepper paste 
  • 1 tbsp plain yogurt 
  • tsp each ground red pepper, oregano, red pepper flakes, cumin, allspice, curry, and salt 
  • 3 tbsp olive oil 
  • 2 cloves garlic 
  • olive oil to fry 

For the potato side dish: 

  • 4-5 medium potatoes 
  • olive oil 
  • 4-5 green bell peppers 

For the Spinach side dish:

  • 1 medium onion 
  • 3-4 tbsp olive oil 
  • about 250gr. spinach leaves 
  • 1 tsp tomato paste, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes to taste 
  • 1 big potato 
  • 2-3 tbsp water


First prepare the chicken:

Clean the chicken and get rid of the excess fat, then separate the leg from the thigh with a sharp knife. Score the chicken thighs, and do the same for the rest. Wash and drain.

For the seasoning:

Adding the spices and pastes

Add pepper paste, plain yogurt, ground red pepper, oregano, red pepper flakes, cumin, allspice, curry, salt, and olive oil to the chicken pieces and mix them well with your hands making sure every piece is well covered.

It is better to rest the chickens in spicy sauce

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it rest for 2 hours as I did or overnight if you are cooking it the next day.

Frying the spicy chicken:

Frying chicken in Sac tawa

I used this traditional tava pan to fry, but if you do not have one you can use a cast-iron skillet or nonstick cooking pan. Fry the chicken pieces with olive oil on one side and once they are cooked flip them on the other side and continue frying until they are cooked all the way through.

For the potato side dish: 

While waiting for the chicken to cook, peel and cut the potatoes into wedges and add them to the same bowl we used for the chicken marinade and mix them with the remaining marinade left on the bowl.

In another pan add olive oil and cook the potatoes on medium heat while the pan is covered. You can add green bell peppers as well just cut them as the same size as the potatoes and cook them together.

Serve it with spicy chicken and rice.

Special thanks to Aria Bell to contribute writing the recipe

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For the Spinach side dish:

Sauté the onions with olive oil and tomato paste. Chop the spinach and cut the potatoes into small thin pieces and add it to the onion mixture. Season them with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes to taste.

After mixing everything, add a splash of water and let it cook on low heat with lid closed, until it is soft. You can serve it with pasta on the side along with the spicy chicken.

SPECIAL THANKS to Aria Bell for helping to write video recipe.

Turkish Meatball And Potato Recipe With Tomato Sauce https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6yyx38ZpvA

Traditional Turkish Dinner Menu | 7 Recipes And Planning Guide https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SHOkkdGJDM

Turkish Easy Chicken Kapama https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_cI41hugj8

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