Shkmeruli – Georgian Chicken in Milk and Garlic Sauce

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Introduction:

Shkmeruli is a flavorful chicken dish from the Racha region of Georgia. It is traditionally made with a young chicken, cooked in milk and garlic. This recipe provides an alternative option of using sour cream instead of milk for a richer taste. Serve this delectable dish hot and enjoy the unique flavors of Georgian cuisine.

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole young chicken
  • 50 grams of garlic
  • 100 ml of milk (or 80 grams of sour cream, if preferred)
  • 80 ml of water (100 ml if using sour cream instead of milk)
  • 30 ml of oil
  • Salt, to taste

Preparation:

  1. Cut the chicken lengthwise but do not separate it into two halves. Rub oil and salt onto both sides of the chicken.
  2. Flatten the chicken and add it to a pan of hot oil. Press it down to ensure even cooking. Use a pestle or another heavy object to keep the chicken flat.
  3. Fry both sides of the chicken until cooked through. Once cooked, remove the chicken from the pan and cut it into pieces. Do not discard the oil; it will be used to fry the garlic.
  4. Crush the garlic and add it to the oil in the pan used to cook the chicken. Stir the garlic and oil together.
  5. Add 80 ml of water (100 ml if using sour cream instead of milk) to the pan and heat on medium, stirring continuously.
  6. Add 100 ml of milk (or 80 grams of sour cream). Taste and add a little salt if needed. Stir until the mixture boils, then turn off the heat.
  7. Place the chicken pieces in an ovenproof dish. Pour the milk (or sour cream) and garlic mixture over the chicken pieces and place the dish in a hot oven for 3-5 minutes.

Serving: Serve the Shkmeruli hot.

Enjoy your Shkmeruli – Georgian Chicken in Milk and Garlic Sauce!

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