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Satsivi Recipe; Make Georgian Chicken in Walnut Sauce

Satsivi is one of the national dishes of Georgia, which is known and loved worldwide. The name means “cold,” so this dish is served cold in walnut sauce. Satsivi is traditionally made with chicken. Sometimes people use turkey meat or stuffed eggplants with walnut sauce. So, this dish is made differently in different parts of the world. If you like to make delicious chicken dipped in walnut sauce, do not miss this article from Cooking County.

Read more: Georgian Christmas Food; A Guide to Traditional Georgian Christmas Feasts

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How to Make Satsivi?

Ingredients for Preparing Satsivi

  • 1 chicken 
  • 4 cups of walnut kernels 
  • 4 garlic cloves 
  • 2 medium onions 
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder 
  • ½ teaspoon of Khmeli-Suneli 
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper 
  • ⅛ teaspoon of cinnamon 
  • Saffron as needed
  • 3 red peppers 
  • 3 cloves of garlic 
  • 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar or grape vinegar 
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil 
  • Salt as needed
  • Pepper as needed

Ingredients for Preparing Chicken 

  • 1 large onion 
  • 1 large carrot 
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 bay leaves 
  • Parsley and dill as needed


Step One

Take a large pot. Pour enough water inside it (the amount of water should cover the chicken.) Allow the water to reach the boiling point. Then add the chicken to the pot and let it boil for a minute.

Step Two

After one minute:

  1. Reduce the flame and let the chicken cook well (we reduced the flame because we do not want to cook the chicken in boiling water.) 50 minutes is enough to cook the chicken thoroughly.
  2. After 50 minutes, remove the pot from the heat and set it aside to cool completely.
  3. When the chicken is cooled, cut it into pieces.

Note: To keep the color of the chicken bright, we should not let the chicken hang in the water and boil.


How to Prepare Satsivi Sauce?

Step One

Pour oil into a pan and let it get a little hot. Add the onion to the pan and fry for 4-5 minutes until golden.

Step Two

Put walnuts and garlic in an electric grinder and grind about 2-3 times. Pour the ground walnut and garlic mixture into a strainer and press to remove the oil.

Tip: Walnut and garlic oil are a great flavor and are suitable for all kinds of salads, and you can use them for other cooking recipes.

Step Three

At this stage, add fried oil to the mixture of garlic and walnuts and grind again. Add the hot chicken broth to the minced garlic, walnuts, and onion mixture and stir. Finally, we should have a nice and slightly loose sauce.

Note: It is better to strain the chicken broth before using it

Step Four

Mix vinegar, coriander, Khmeli-suneli, Indian pepper, saffron, and cinnamon well and set aside.

Step Five

Add the cooked chicken to the sauce, mix with half of the chicken broth, and boil for 20 minutes on medium flame. 

satsivi sauce

How to Serve Satsivi?

In the end, add red pepper and garlic, season with salt, pepper, and spices of your choice, and enjoy it!

Do not forget to make this recipe and share it with us. If you also have questions about the Satsivi recipe, please do not hesitate to ask.

If you like the taste of Satsivi, we recommend you also try Chicken Paprikash.

Note: If your Satsivi sauce is too thick, reduce its concentration by adding chicken stock.

Satsivi: Satsivi is not only mixed with chicken but is a name generally used for all kinds of chicken, fish, and vegetable appetizers made with satsivi sauce.

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