Delicious Turkish Chicken Pudding: A Perfect Dinner Choice

Welcome to a mouth-watering recipe that will take your taste buds on a flavorful journey – Turkish Chicken Pudding! This delicacy served as dessert dates back centuries and has been a staple in many Turkish households. Its unique flavor and texture will leave you wanting more, making it an ideal dessert for all occasions.

As an Israeli chef with a love for authentic cuisine, I have perfected this recipe to provide you with an amazing easy-to-cook Turkish dessert that will impress your guests. With simple ingredients such as chicken breast, milk, sugar, cinnamon, water, rice flour, and cornstarch, you can effortlessly cook up this delicious dish right in your own kitchen.

What makes this recipe stand out is the use of shredded chicken breast pudding – a blend of boiled chicken breast and whole milk cooked together until it becomes soft and creamy. The pudding is then mixed with sugar, cinnamon, vanilla extract, rice flour, cornstarch and water to create a luscious consistency. The mixture is then left to cool down before baking it in the oven to give it that golden brown crisp topping.

Whether you’re a fan of sweet chicken dishes or looking to try something new and exotic, this Turkish Chicken Pudding recipe will surely satisfy. So let’s get cooking and indulge in the rich and authentic flavors of one of Turkey’s most beloved desserts – Tavuk Göğsü or Kazandibi dessert!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Turkish Chicken Pudding
Turkish Chicken Pudding

If you’re looking for a unique and delicious dessert recipe to impress your guests, then you need to try this Turkish Chicken Pudding recipe. Trust me when I say that this is not your typical pudding recipe – it’s creamy, sweet, and made with the most unexpected protein source: chicken breast.

But don’t let the idea of chicken in a dessert put you off! This Turkish delicacy dates back centuries and has stood the test of time as a beloved dessert in Turkey. The shredded chicken breast creates a unique texture and flavor that pairs perfectly with the creamy milk pudding.

What sets this recipe apart from other milk puddings is the cinnamon, which gives it a cozy warmth, and the caramel sauce that adds an indulgent sweetness to balance out the subtle savory notes from the chicken.

Not only is this recipe amazing on its own, but it’s also incredibly easy to cook. The ingredients are simple – just basic pantry items such as rice flour, milk, and water – making it easy for even novice cooks to give it a try. Plus, you’ll have leftover boiled chicken to use in other recipes!

Whether you’re looking for an exciting new dessert to serve at a dinner party or a special treat to surprise your family with, this Turkish Chicken Pudding recipe will quickly become one of your go-to options. So why not step outside of your comfort zone and try something new? You won’t regret it.

Ingredient List

 A tantalizing glimpse of my Turkish Chicken Pudding recipe
A tantalizing glimpse of my Turkish Chicken Pudding recipe

Before we get into the details of how to cook this amazing easy cook Turkish chicken pudding, let’s take a quick look at the list of ingredients you will need to make this delightful dish.


  • 4 cups of whole milk
  • 2 cups of cooked Turkish chicken breast
  • 1 cup of white rice flour
  • 0.06 cup of cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 0.25 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1.5 cups of granulated sugar

As you can see, most of the ingredients on this list can be found in your kitchen pantry already, except for perhaps the Turkish chicken breast meat and rice flour which require a quick trip to your local grocery store to purchase. Once you gather all these ingredients, we are ready to rock and make this sweet delight.

The Recipe How-To

 Close-up of the gooey, cheesy top
Close-up of the gooey, cheesy top

Now, it’s time to learn how to cook this amazing and easy Turkish chicken pudding recipe. Here’s everything you need to know about the cooking process:


  1. Start by boiling 1 chicken breast in a pot of water until they are cooked thoroughly.

  2. Once the chicken breast is done, take it out of the pot and let it cool before shredding it into small pieces.

  3. In a separate saucepan, heat 4 cups of whole milk over low heat, add 1-2 cinnamon sticks and allow the milk to simmer for 10-15 minutes. Stir occasionally until the milk has released some of its natural sweetness and the cinnamon flavor is infused.

  4. Add 1 cup of white rice flour, 0.06 cup of cornstarch, and stir well using a whisk for at least five minutes to ensure that no lumps remain.

  5. Next, add shredded chicken to the saucepan with 2 cups of milk, and sugar (around 0.25 cup) as per your taste.

  6. Cook on medium heat while continuously stirring until you get a thick texture.

  7. At last, put in a few drops of vanilla extract, give a quick whisk for another minute or two, and remove the mixture from the stove.

Cooking Time

  1. Pour your freshly-made Turkish chicken pudding mixture into a big bowl or onto a large serving plate.

  2. Let it cool at room temperature before placing it in the refrigerator for at least 2-3 hours so that pudding hardens a bit before slicing.


  1. Once your Turkish chicken pudding has solidified, create an additional layer by adding another layer of shredded coconut flakes over top or caramel sauce over it!

This recipe may take some time and patience but I assure you that every single step mentioned here yields excellent results!

Substitutions and Variations

 My Turkish Chicken Pudding looking picture-perfect
My Turkish Chicken Pudding looking picture-perfect

If you’re feeling adventurous or want to switch up the flavors, there are several substitutions and variations you can make in this recipe.

For a vegan option, you can try using fake chicken breast instead of real chicken. You could also experiment with different plant-based milks instead of whole milk, such as almond or coconut milk. Keep in mind that these substitutions will likely result in a slightly different texture and taste, but it can still be a delicious and unique dessert.

If you’re not a fan of rice flour, you can try swapping it out for all-purpose flour or cornstarch. These substitutions should work just fine in the recipe, although again the texture may differ slightly. Similarly, if you don’t have white rice on hand, you could try using brown rice instead.

For an extra burst of flavor, consider adding spices like cinnamon or vanilla extract to your pudding mixture. A sprinkle of sugar on top can also provide a nice contrast to the sweetness of the pudding itself.

Finally, if you’re feeling really adventurous and want to try something new, consider making a pudding caramel sauce to serve alongside your chicken pudding. The combination of creamy pudding and rich caramel is sure to be a hit with your guests. Just be sure to exercise caution when making caramel as it can be easy to overcook and burn.

No matter how you decide to modify this recipe, with its delicious blend of sweet and savory flavors, it’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser every time.

Serving and Pairing

 Get ready to dig into this savory delicacy
Get ready to dig into this savory delicacy

Turkish chicken pudding is a delicacy that has been enjoyed for centuries and is often served as a dessert or sweet snack. The unique flavors of cinnamon, sugar, and shredded chicken make it an ideal dessert to serve at any gathering. This amazing and easy-to-cook Turkish dessert is best served chilled or at room temperature.

One of the most popular ways to serve this delicious dish is by garnishing it with caramel sauce. The sweet and creamy milk pudding made with shredded chicken breast takes on a decadent taste when coated in a silky caramel glaze.

Another way to serve the Turkish chicken breast pudding is by topping it off with chopped nuts such as pistachios, almonds, or hazelnuts. Not only do the nuts add a crunchy texture to the silky soft pudding, but they also complement its unique flavor profile.

For those who want to indulge in something new and exciting, serving this shimmering golden Turkish milk pudding with slices of fresh fruits such as mandarin oranges or tropical fruits can be an excellent option. The fruity sweetness pairs perfectly with the rich and indulgent flavors of the pudding.

To elevate your dining experience further, you can serve this indulgent dessert with a cup of strong Turkish coffee or hot tea. The bitter notes of the coffee cut through the sweetness of the dessert while highlighting its unique flavor.

No matter how you choose to pair and serve your Turkish chicken pudding, be prepared for some delightful culinary magic that dates back hundreds of years.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A mouthwatering photo of the creamy, fragrant base
A mouthwatering photo of the creamy, fragrant base

Planning ahead makes life so much easier, and this recipe is no exception. Luckily, the pudding can be made ahead of time and refrigerated for up to 3 days! This is great news when you are entertaining guests or trying to get a headstart on preparing meals for the week.

To store the pudding, cover the dish with plastic wrap or transfer it to an airtight container. When ready to serve, remove from the refrigerator and allow it to come to room temperature before reheating.

The best way to reheat the pudding, in my experience, is by using the microwave. To do this, simply microwave on high in 30-second intervals until heated through. Alternatively, you can reheat it in a double boiler over simmering water. Just make sure the pudding doesn’t get too thick; if needed, you can add some milk to thin it out.

If you’ve made extra caramel sauce (and I highly recommend that you do!), store it separately in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. When ready to use, heat gently with a splash of milk or cream until warm and drizzle over the top of your pudding.

Overall, this recipe is perfect for those of us looking for an amazing and easy-to-cook Turkish dessert. By following these simple make-ahead and storage tips, you’ll be able to enjoy this delicious delicacy served at family dinners or other special occasions!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Can you taste the savory goodness from this pic?
Can you taste the savory goodness from this pic?

Preparing the perfect turkish chicken breast pudding requires attention to detail and a few tips from an experienced hand. Below, I share some of my top tips to ensure you get the perfect texture and flavor for your dish.

Firstly, ensure that your chicken is cooked perfectly. Overcooking or undercooking your chicken can completely ruin your dish, resulting in a tough or slimy texture. Boil your chicken breast in water with salt and pepper for about 20-25 minutes until cooked and then shred it finely using a fork.

Next, once you add the rice flour to make the pudding batter, whisk consistently to avoid lumps forming. This will also ensure that the rice flour is evenly distributed throughout the mixture.

For a creamier consistency and more depth of flavor, use whole milk instead of low-fat milk. The higher fat content in whole milk gives your pudding a richer flavor and creamier texture.

Another tip is to be patient while cooking the milk pudding. Be constantly stirring it over low heat to ensure it does not stick or burn at the bottom of the saucepan.

To make a delicious caramel sauce, use sugar and heat it in a separate saucepan until it caramelizes without burning. Add milk gradually while whisking continuously to smoothen out lumps.

Lastly, when serving the pudding, garnish with cinnamon powder sprinkled on top, which not only adds extra flavor but also looks visually appealing.

In conclusion, preparing this delicacy may seem daunting at first yet with these editorial tips, you will create an amazing easy-to-cook Turkish dessert cuisine that reminds you of simpler days gone by.


Before we conclude this recipe article, I will answer a few frequently asked questions that often come up when making Turkish Chicken Pudding. If you have any other questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out and ask. With that said, let’s dive into some common concerns and issues that people run into when attempting to prepare this delicious dessert.

What is the famous Turkish pudding?

Baklava, a well-known and beloved Turkish dessert, has its roots in the Byzantine Empire and is steeped in tradition.

What is the Turkish sweet with chicken?

A popular Turkish dessert known as tavukgöğsü, which translates to “chicken breast,” is made from a unique combination of shredded chicken breast and milk pudding. This delicacy was once enjoyed by Ottoman sultans at the Topkapı Palace and has since become a beloved dish in Turkey.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Turkish Chicken Pudding recipe is an amazing delicious dessert that you need to try at least once in your lifetime. It’s easy to cook and its ingredients are accessible in most supermarkets. The combination of milk and shredded chicken breast, rice flour, and sugar creates a perfect delicacy that dates back centuries ago.

With the caramel sauce on top, it’s perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth. The pudding can be made ahead of time and stored for up to three days, making it ideal for busy schedules.

If you’re looking for a unique dessert to impress your friends and family or want to add some new flavors to your desserts collection, then try out this recipe. Trust me; it’s worth it!

Turkish Chicken Pudding

Turkish Chicken Pudding Recipe

This is a surprising pudding from Turkey. The recipe I found called for chicken breasts, however I am fond of the richness of thighs.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Turkish
Calories 422 kcal


  • 3 1/2 ounces chicken (breast or thigh)
  • 3/4 cup rice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (I like more)


  • Cook the chicken in water to cover over low heat in a saucepan 10-15 minutes or until barely tender.
  • Drain and bone, then tear into very thin hair fine fibers. Set aside and chill.
  • Cover rice with warm water for 2 hours.
  • Drain and place into a food processor and whirl until well ground.
  • Mix rice with milk in a saucepan blending well and cook over low heat for 5 minutes or until thickened, stirring contatntly.
  • Stir in the chicken, mix completely and cook for 5 minutes stirring gently and constantly.
  • Reduce heat.
  • Add sugar and mix well. Cook over very low heat for 1 minute or until sugar is dissolved.
  • Remove from heat. Pour into individual dessert bowls.
  • Cool and sprinckle with cinnamon.
  • Serve chilled.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 263gCalories: 422kcalCarbohydrates: 77.2gProtein: 10gFat: 8.6gSaturated Fat: 4.5gCholesterol: 35.2mgSodium: 92.4mgFiber: 0.6gSugar: 49.9g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Dessert, Healthy, Low Cholesterol
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