CHICKEN TABAKA

Chicken Tabaka is a popular dish in western Georgia. Crispy on the outside and soft inside, it can be eaten with or without an accompanying sauce, such as Tkemali.

Fried Chicken - Copy

In this recipe we made chicken tabaka with a delicious garlic sauce.

Chicken Tabaka - Copy

Ingredients: 1 whole small young chicken, 50 ml of oil, coarse salt (amount dependent upon personal preference) and half tbs of hot red pepper (optional).

Ingredients: Garlic sauce: 8-10 cloves of garlic, 500 ml of water, half tsp of dried coriander, salt (amount dependent upon personal preference) and 1 level tsp of hot red pepper.

PreparationChicken: Cut the chicken down the middle of the breastbone but do not completely separate into two halves. Rub oil and salt on to both sides of the chicken. Flatten the chicken out and add to a pan of hot oil and press it down.

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Sprinkle the chicken with red pepper and salt.

Flatten the chicken and add red pepper and salt - Copy

Use a pestle or any suitable heavy object to keep the chicken flat so that it cooks evenly. Partly cover and fry both sides of the chicken on a medium heat.

Weight the chicken down - Copy

When the chicken is cooked, turn off the heat and remove the chicken from the pan. Do not discard the oil as it will be used as part of the garlic sauce. Whilst the chicken is frying, prepare the garlic sauce.

Fried Chicken - Copy

PreparationGarlic sauce: Crush the garlic cloves and half tsp of dried coriander together.

Crushing Garlic - Copy

Add 1 level tsp of hot red pepper.

Adding red pepper - Copy

Mix with the crushed garlic and coriander.

Crushing the Garlic and Pepper - Copy

Add 500 ml of just boiled water and stir.

Adding hot water - Copy

Add the mixture to the oil used to fry the chicken. If there is too much oil, remove some before adding the garlic mixture.

Adding Crushed Garlic to the oil used to fry chicken - Copy

Stir and leave for 2-3 minutes.

Mixing the garlic and oil - Copy

Transfer the mixture to a bowl.

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Cut the chicken into large pieces and pour on the garlic sauce.

Pouring Garlic Mixture - Copy

Serving: Serve hot.

Chicken Tabaka ready for Serving - Copy

Enjoy your Chicken Tabaka!

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