Nov 15, 2012

Tavuk Güveç

Tavuk Güveç

This sounds kinda exotic, doesn’t it? It’s not really that exotic, don’t worry, it’s a Turkish chicken stew. Real easy to make, a phenomenal flavour and definite crowd pleaser.

Sometimes you stumble upon recipes that instantly steal your heart and you wouldn’t even have to eat them to know exactly what they would taste like. If only it worked like that for burgers and fries!

Anyway, that’s what happened to me when I heard about Tavuk Güveç. You take all that is good in this world; chicken, tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, hot sauce and cheese, and you put it into one big ole casserole.

This dish makes the low-carber in me really happy, but the high-carber in me ate it with a double serving French fries. It happens. *shrugs*

 

Ingredients:

1 pound chicken meat
1 red bell pepper
1 yellow bell pepper
2 medium onions
4 plum tomatoes
1 or 2 pickled green peppers
7 mushrooms
3 garlic cloves
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 or 2 tsp hot sauce (or more)
1 tbsp parsley
1 1/2 cups grated cheese (mine was a mellow Gouda)
1  to 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
2 tbsp sunflower oil

 

Directions:

Chop, chop, chop everything. There. All done.
Tavuk Güveç

I only had chicken breasts in my freezer. I would have preferred boneless chicken thighs—much more flavour.
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Heat the oil and sauté the onion for a minute or 3. Add the chicken and cook until the outside loses its rawness.
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Don’t overcook the chicken or it will seriously dry out in the oven! Especially when you use chicken breasts. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
 

Add the kosher salt and optionally some pepper.
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Stir in the chopped bell peppers, green peppers and garlic. Cook for another 3 to 4 minutes.
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Add one tbsp tomato paste.
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And the hot sauce. I used more like a tbsp of this sambal sauce, we like it spicy.
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Add the mushrooms and give everything 2 more minutes.
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Stir in the tomatoes.
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Add the parsley.
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Transfer everything to an oven dish.
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Top with the grated cheese… mine was a mellow Gouda.
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Use a nice melting cheese. Mozzarella will be fine, too, but somehow I wouldn’t use cheddar for this.
 

Bake the casserole in a preheated oven at 200C° (400F°) for 20 to 25 minutes. Until hot and bubbly and the cheese has melted.

We combined it with fries but I can see myself serving this with rice, flat bread or even pasta!
Tavuk Güveç

Tavuk Güveç
Ingredients
    1 pound chicken meat
    1 red bell pepper
    1 yellow bell pepper
    2 medium onions
    4 plum tomatoes
    1 or 2 pickled green peppers
    7 mushrooms
    3 garlic cloves
    1 tbsp tomato paste
    1 or 2 tsp hot sauce (or more)
    1 tbsp parsley
    1 1/2 cups grated cheese (mine was a mellow Gouda)
    1 to 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
    2 tbsp sunflower oil

Directions
    Chop all your ingredients. I only had chicken breasts in my freezer. I would have preferred boneless chicken thighs—much more flavour. Heat the oil and sauté the onion for a minute or 3. Add the chicken and cook until the outside loses its rawness. Don’t overcook the chicken or it will seriously dry out in the oven! Especially when you use chicken breasts.

    Add the kosher salt and optionally some pepper. Stir in the chopped bell peppers, green peppers and garlic. Cook for another 3 to 4 minutes. Add one tbsp tomato paste and the hot sauce (to taste). Add the mushrooms and give everything 2 more minutes before stirring in the tomatoes.

    Sprinkle the parsley in there and transfer everything to a casserole. Top with the grated cheese. Use a nice melting cheese. Mozzarella will be fine, too, but somehow I wouldn’t use cheddar for this. Bake the casserole in a preheated oven at 200C° (400F°) for 20 to 25 minutes. Until hot and bubbly and the cheese has melted.

    We combined it with fries but I can see myself serving this with rice, flat bread or even pasta!

Meal type: Main Course, Chicken
Servings: 4
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