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.
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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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    28 Comments »

    1. 1

      I always learn new recipes from other cuisines on your blog, Kay! I would have never known about this delicious sounding Turkish recipe if not for you. I love every single ingredient in this recipe and, you’re right, I can already imagine what it will taste like. Yum!

      Lana @ Never Enough Thyme on Nov 15, 2012 @ 2:13 pm Reply
    2. 2

      I want to try this, but have two little ones at the table.  Would it still be good with just a little of the hot sauce?  Or should I substitute something else to give round out the flavors?  Thanks.

      Kate on Nov 15, 2012 @ 4:48 pm Reply
      1. I would probably just add a little and put the hot sauce on the table for the adults. 

        Kay on Nov 15, 2012 @ 4:51 pm Reply
    3. 3

      Thighs are the ONLY way to eat chicken I would NEVER buy breasts for any dish even if it called for it.
       

      Dave on Nov 16, 2012 @ 1:59 am Reply
      1. You’re missing out! Nothing beats a grilled chicken breast with herbed garlic butter :)

        Kay on Nov 16, 2012 @ 9:15 am Reply
    4. 4

      Oh my goodness. I’m so excited to see a recipe from my country. Here’s a tip, If you put it in  little individual crockpots before you put it in the oven, You would like it.

      Nese on Nov 17, 2012 @ 2:09 am Reply
    5. 5

      It is in the oven right now and the scent in my house right now is amazing! Can’t wait to taste this lovely dish, I’m serving it with rice.
       

      Thijs on Nov 18, 2012 @ 7:58 pm Reply
    6. 6

      That tasted gooooood!! Thanks once again Kay :)

      Thijs on Nov 18, 2012 @ 9:50 pm Reply
    7. 7

      INDEED this would be perfect with rice! I’m a fan of spicy dishes so I’ll be using the sambal sauce as well.

      Christian Rene Friborg on Nov 19, 2012 @ 3:47 am Reply
    8. 8

      For those of us poor souls who only speak English, how is the name of this dish pronounced in English?  I intend to cook it as soon as possible and when people ask what this amazing dish is, I want to be able to tell them!  :)  Thanks!

      Jodi on Nov 19, 2012 @ 8:30 pm Reply
      1. I  pronounce it Tavook govech ( the Ç is prounounced CH , a normal C is pronounced J and the V is kinda soft  )
        i live in turkey :)

        Kim on Nov 26, 2012 @ 1:27 pm Reply
    9. 9

      Jodie, it is pronounced as tavoek guwetsj 

      Linda on Nov 21, 2012 @ 5:04 pm Reply
    10. 10

      WWith a double serving French fries? Isn’t that called ‘kapsalon” (hairdresser’s saloon). :D

      Erwin on Nov 21, 2012 @ 10:52 pm Reply
    11. 11

      Kapsalon is a dish of french fries, Doner Kebab and melted cheese on top.

      Linda on Nov 22, 2012 @ 6:25 am Reply
      1. Don’t forget the lettuce and garlic sauce :)

        Kay on Nov 22, 2012 @ 7:31 am Reply
    12. 12

      Ofcourse Kay, you’re right! I made the Guvec last night and it was absolutely delicious. I have eaten it in Turkey many times, also with lamb or beef, so I Will try that as well next time.

      Linda on Nov 22, 2012 @ 7:57 am Reply
    13. 13

      I made this Tuesday night and loved it. Even my pepper and mushroom disliking husband and son ate it. I used chicken thighs and mozzarella and served it with sage and Parmesan couscous.

      Jacqui in Sydney on Nov 22, 2012 @ 9:43 am Reply
    14. 14

      I made this recipe last night and it was delicious! I knew this recipe was written for me as I had exactly four plum tomatoes in the fridge, left over from doing Herb Roasted Drumsticks and Tomatoes last week!

      Stephanie (New Zealand) on Nov 24, 2012 @ 9:26 pm Reply
    15. 15

      Do you think sriracha would be an ok substitute for the sambal?

      Kristen on Nov 25, 2012 @ 8:42 pm Reply
    16. 16

      I have an allergy to mushrooms. If I wanted to take them out, how much would I be missing? Is there anything I’d be able to substitute?

      Heather on Dec 1, 2012 @ 10:44 pm Reply
    17. 17

      I am not sure if I have ever come across pickled green peppers. Would the Greek Peppers work(Pepperoncini)? Please let me know. Want to make this. Think I would make garlic mashed potatoes with this.

      Sunny on Dec 21, 2012 @ 7:14 pm Reply
    18. 18

      Forgot to ask how many servings does this make for adults?
      what size pan did you use?
      Thanks

      Sunny on Dec 21, 2012 @ 7:17 pm Reply
    19. 19

      LOVE this recipe! and it has quickly become one of my family’s favorites – even my kids (ages 5 and 7) love it. 
      I have never come across pickled green peppers in the store, so I found a recipe on the net and now make my own (specifically for this recipe).
      THANK SO MUCH for this blog!

      Carrie on Jan 6, 2013 @ 10:49 pm Reply
    20. 20

      I have tried 3 of your recipes so far and according to my family I am 3 for 3 now.  So i want to make this recipe but I need to know how many it serves.  We have 6 people in my family and one pound of chicken doesn’t sound like enough.  Thanks for the help.

      Casey on Jan 16, 2013 @ 11:59 pm Reply
      1. Serving sizes are in the printables!

        Kay on Jan 17, 2013 @ 8:01 am Reply
    21. 21

      I loved this recipe! I made it along side your bbq “butter” potatoes, which came out delicious in the oven! This dish appealed to me because my boyfriend is Turkish, so I love to cook something he will really appreciate and enjoy. I wondered if you had any other turkish recipes to recommend? 
      Thanks for all your delicious inspiration! 
       

      Nicole on Jan 18, 2013 @ 6:30 am Reply
    22. 22

      Just made this tonight – doubled the recipe, used peperoncinos for the green peppers, and left out the mushrooms – it was stupendous!  great tastes and a big hit with my family.  Served over couscous.  Thanks for the recipe!

      Melissa on Apr 30, 2013 @ 1:12 am Reply
    23. 23

      Yep – that was delicious – thank you once again! (Once again your recipes win in the “does he go for seconds” category!)

      Erica on Nov 11, 2014 @ 1:50 pm Reply

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