Any meat or poultry can be used to prepare the stew. The classic Chakhokhbili recipe used pheasant carcass, but over time it was replaced by more affordable chicken. The remaining ingredients stay unchanged for many years and give the dish a unique sweet-spicy taste.
How to Make Chakhokhbili?
- 1 chicken
- 6 pieces tomatoes
- 5-6 pieces onion
- 200 g plums
- 4-5 cloves garlic
- 100 ml dry white wine
- 30 g butter
- a bunch of cilantro
- 1 tablespoon foreign spice
- 5 pepper mixture
- ½ teaspoon hot red pepper
- Vegetable oil and salt
According to old Georgian traditions, the chicken should be cut into 17 parts. Chefs who adhere to classic national recipes divide the chicken into precisely this number of pieces and remove the front half of the wing, excess skin, and tail.
Prepare the tomatoes. For this, we want to take off the skin. So we cut the stalk, made 4 cuts on the skin with a cross, and put it in boiling water.
Put a pot (preferably with a thick bottom) on medium heat and add the sunflower oil.
Fry the chicken pieces (without the breast) until golden on both sides. Do not put the lid on the pot while the chicken is roasting!
While frying, you can thoroughly sprinkle the poultry meat with a mixture of pepper. Salt is best after a golden crust forms; toss the breast pieces right away! After 2-3 minutes, stir the chicken and fill with dry white wine.
Now you can put the lid on the pot and put it on low heat. Meanwhile, cut the onion into half rings. So, we divide the onion in half and put it in a pot.
While the onion is fried in chicken fat and sunflower oil, cut the tomatoes into medium pieces. In Chakhokhbili, they will act as a sour sauce, in which the spices will open, and the pieces of the bird will melt.
While tomatoes are stewed with chicken and onions are fried, it is necessary to prepare plums. You should boil it in little water and pass it through a sieve or on a grater.
How to serve Chakhokhbili?
Your Chakhokhbili is ready. Garnish it with ground garlic and cilantro leaves and enjoy it.
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