Georgian cuisine has always been famous for its spices. In this recipe, I also used some of them. Perhaps the main spice in the preparation of chkmeruli chicken is adjika, which is often sold by Georgians in the markets. No other spice can replace exactly that aroma and taste in this dish, like this one. If you haven't found adjika, don't be discouraged, use the spices known to you, I'm sure the chicken will turn out to be no worse! Another important point is that you should not keep the chicken in the oven for more than the specified time, otherwise it will become dry and lose all the juice.
Purpose: For lunch / For dinner
Main Ingredient: Poultry / Chicken
Dish: Hot dishes
Cuisine geography: Georgian / Caucasian
- Chicken - 1 Piece (whole)
- Garlic - 5-7 Cloves
- Vegetable oil - 5 Tbsp. spoons
- Butter - 50 Grams
- Milk - 1 Glass
- Georgian spices - To taste (utskho-suneli, adjika, coriander)
- Salt - To taste
- Ground pepper - To taste
How to cook "Chkmeruli Chicken"
1 Wash and dry the gutted chicken. 2 Spread along the backbone and gently beat it with a hammer to flatten the chicken. 3 Brush all sides of the chicken with spices and salt. I recommend letting the chicken marinate a little, as it will soak up more spice flavors. But if you don't have time to spare, start frying. 4 Pour vegetable oil into a preheated skillet and add chicken. Cover the skillet with a heavy lid to press down on the chicken. 5 Roast the chicken for 15 minutes on each side, until golden brown. 6 While the chicken is cooking, let's start making the sauce. 7 Melt the butter in a separate skillet. 8 Add all the garlic by passing it through a press or simply chop finely. 9 Fry the garlic over low heat until golden brown, stirring constantly. Season with salt, add milk and bring sauce to a boil. Once the sauce has boiled, reduce heat and continue simmering until thickened. 10 Transfer the cooked chicken from the skillet to the counter. Cut the chicken into portions, then place in a special Georgian frying pan (ketsi). If this is not available on the farm, use a regular deep frying pan or any deep baking dish. 11 Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. 12 Pour the cooked sauce over the chicken and place in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. 13 After 15 minutes, remove the chkmeruli chicken from the oven and serve hot. 14 Bon appetit!