Georgian Chakhokhbili

Georgian Chakhokhbili

 

Georgian Chakhokhbili

Georgian Chakhokhbili

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Chakhokhbili is a traditional Georgian one-pot stew made with chicken, onions, and tomatoes. Originally, the dish was made with pheasant ("khokhobi"). The stew is seasoned with the famous khemli suneli spice blend which contains coriander, mint, turmeric, savory, and fenugreek seeds and leaves (methi). If possible, we recommend serving the dish with Georgian cheese bread (khachapuri).
 
hands-on time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Georgian
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

Protein

  • 2 lb chicken [1] thighs or legs bone-in

Fresh Produce

  • 1-2 red bell peppers diced (optional)
  • 1 lb tomatoes chopped [2]
  • 2-4 tbsp chopped fresh herbs [3]
  • 1-3 cloves garlic pressed or grated (optional)
  • 1-2 fresh chilies finely chopped (optional)

Packaged Goods/Staples

  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Chakhokhbili Culinary Spice Kit

  • coriander, fenugreek, mint, paprika, black pepper, turmeric, methi, savory, basil, cinnamon, cloves

Suggested Sides

  • any flat bread or Georgian khachapuri [4]
  • cooked or steamed rice

Instructions
 

  • Season chicken with salt & pepper to taste.

Cook

  • In a large POT, heat 2 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  • Add chicken and fry until it turns brown on all sides. Scoop it out and set aside.
  • In the same POT, add onions and optionally bell pepper.
  • Fry over medium heat until the onions turn golden.
  • Add tomatoes and Chakhokhbili spices. Mix well.
  • Season with salt & pepper to taste. Return chicken. Mix well. Cover.
  • Bring to a boil. Cook over medium heat for 30-60 minutes until the chicken falls apart. Stir occasionally.

Add to taste:

  • fresh herbs, and
  • optionally garlic and/or fresh chilies.
  • Cook for another 5 minutes.

Notes

[1] Substitute: lamb chops or loin. Cook 90-120 minutes.
[2] Substitute: 2 cups tomatoes (whole, chopped, or puree), unseasoned.
[3] Your choice of: parsley, mint, basil, or cilantro.
[4] Khachapuri recipe.
 

Georgian Dishes

Georgian chakhokhbili
Georgian lobio
Georgian chashushuli
Georgian ajapsandali
European Schupfnudeln

German-Austrian Schupfnudeln Variations

 

European Schupfnudeln

German-Austrian Schupfnudeln

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Around 1630, German soldiers rolled finger-sized noodles from their ration of flour and water. Today, Swabians usually fry Schupfnudeln with sauerkraut and bacon, served at every festival and market. Austrians love the Schupfnudeln with poppy seeds and sweet fruits. Italian gnocchi are identical to Schupfnudeln, just in a different shape. Our recipe gives you all the options, including substitute vegetables for sauerkraut.
 
hands-on time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Austrian, German
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

Protein

  • 4 oz bacon [1] cut into 1/2 inch strips

Fresh Produce

  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 8 oz green cabbage or baby broccoli [2] cooked

Packaged Goods/Staples

  • 12 oz gnocchi [3]
  • 12 oz dried prunes [4] pitted
  • sugar or other sweetener
  • salt & pepper

Alternative: Mohnbutter

  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1-3 oz ground poppy seeds
  • 2 tbsp powdered sugar optionally

Instructions
 

  • In a PAN, fry bacon strips over medium heat until crisp. Scoop them out. Set aside.
  • Add onions. Fry 5 minutes.
  • Add gnocchi. Fry 5 minutes.
  • Add vegetables and return bacon.
  • Heat until all ingredients are hot.
  • Season with salt & pepper to taste.
  • Serve the compote (see below) for dessert.

Alternative: Mohnbutter

  • Cook gnocchi according to package directions.
  • In a PAN, melt 4 tbsp butter. Lightly roast poppy seeds and optionally Mohnbutter spices. Add gnocchi and toss to reheat.
  • Serve with a side of prunes compote.
  • Optionally, sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Compote

  • In a POT, add prunes and 2 cups of water.
  • Add sweetener and Schupfnudeln spices to taste. Cover and cook over low heat for about 30 to 60 minutes until the prunes softened to your taste and the sauce thickened. Add water if necessary. Enjoy!

Notes

[1] Substitute bacon with small diced pancetta.
[2] Substitute vegetables with 12 oz sauerkraut.
[3] Substitute gnocchi with homemade Schupfnudeln (recipe) or cooked thick pasta (recipe & tips online).
[4] Substitute dried prunes with fresh plums or apples: reduce the water to 1/8 cup.
Sichuan Gong Bao Chicken

Sichuan Gong Bao

 

Sichuan Gong Bao Chicken

Sichuan Gong Bao

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Gong Bao is a classic, spicy dish originated in the Sichuan Province in Southwest China, named after a former governor of Sichuan. Unlike the westernized version, also known as Kung Bao, it's signature spice is Sichuan peppercorn. Don't be surprised. This pepper is not hot but causes a slight numbing sensation on the tongue. Add fresh chili pepper to taste for the desired heat.
hands-on time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese, Sichuan
Servings 3
Calories 317 kcal

Ingredients
  

Protein

  • 1.25 lbs chicken breast or tenders

Fresh Produce

  • 1 small red bell pepper
  • 1 small zucchini
  • 6 green onions

Packaged Goods/Staples

  • 0.5 cup peanuts or cashews roasted
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp dry sherry or cooking wine
  • 0.25 cup chicken broth or stock
  • 3 tbsp vinegar
  • 2-3 tbsp sugar
  • corn- or potato starch
  • oil
  • salt & pepper

Gong Bao Culinary Spice Kit

  • Garlic, ginger, Sichuan pepper (don’t use during pregnancy), mild chili pepper

Suggested Sides

  • cooked or steamed rice
  • long noodles

Instructions
 

Marinade

  • Cut chicken into 0.5-inch cubes. In a CONTAINER, mix 2 tbsp soy sauce and 1 tbsp sherry.
  • Add chicken and mix well. Cover. Keep in the fridge overnight. Stir halfway.

Sauce

  • In a CUP, mix 2 tbsp sugar, Gong Bao spices, 1 tbsp starch, 1 tbsp soy sauce, 3 tbsp vinegar, 0.25 cup broth, and 2 tsp oil.
  • Optionally, add sweetness and chili peppers to your taste. Set aside.

Prepare

  • Cut vegetables into 0.5-inch pieces.
  • Keep the chopped green part of the onions aside.

Fry

  • In a large PAN, heat 2 tbsp oil over high heat until right before smoking.
  • Mix chicken with 2 tbsp starch. Add it to the PAN and stir-fry until it's slightly brown.
  • Reduce heat to medium. Add vegetables. Fry until all ingredients are tender.
  • Stir the sauce well and add it to the PAN.
  • Stir and toss until the sauce thickens.
  • Lastly, stir in the nuts (optional).

Serve

  • Serve with your preferred side and sprinkle with the green parts of the onions.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • Substitute chicken with boneless pork chops, beef sirloin, shrimp, tempeh, or tofu.
  • Substitute vegetables with bok choy, leek, bamboo shoots, or shredded root vegetables.

Nutrition

Serving: 207gSodium: 789mgSugar: 4.8gFiber: 6.4gCalories: 317kcalMonounsaturated Fat: 6.7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2.7gSaturated Fat: 3.6gFat: 14.6gProtein: 10gCarbohydrates: 39.4g