Chicken Chakhohbili (Georgian chicken stew)

    55 min

    Chakhohbili is a traditional Georgian chicken dish from the Caucasus mountains. It contains a generous amount of fresh herbs (coriander, basil) and the traditional Georgian spice mix called Khmeli-suneli. Recipes for Khmeli-suneli vary it but most often includes: coriander, dill, basil, bay leaf, marjoram, fenugreek, parsley, safflower or saffron, black pepper, celery, thyme, hyssop, mint, and hot pepper.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 1 whole chicken
    • oil for frying
    • 3-4 red peppers
    • 3 tomatoes
    • 120ml dry white wine
    • 3 onions, minced
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 1 tablespoon khmeli-suneli
    • 1 bunch fresh coriander, minced
    • 1 bunch basil, minced
    • 5 cloves garlic, minced

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:55min 

    1. Cut chicken into pieces and brown in a large heavy frying pan until golden.
    2. Remove seeds and membranes from peppers and cut julienne style. Add to the chicken and fry whilst stirring till they start to soften and brown.
    3. Pour boiling water over the tomatoes to remove the skins. Dice tomatoes and add to the chicken. Add white wine and simmer for 30 minutes.
    4. In the meantime, in a separate pan fry the onions in butter until golden whilst stirring often.
    5. Add onions to chicken and mix thoroughly. Add salt and pepper to taste and simmer for a further 10 minutes.
    6. Add Khmeli-suneli, coriander, basil, and garlic and simmer for a further 5 minutes.

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