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Reza’s Circassian Chicken (Cerkez Tavagu)

Key info

  • Difficulty
    › Easy
  • Prep time
    › 10 min
  • Cook time
    › 1 hr 10 min
  • Serves
    › 6


For the chicken

 1 free-range chicken weighing approx 1.8kg with the skin on

 1.75 litres of water or just enough water to cover the chicken

 1 carrot roughly chopped

 1 celery stick roughly chopped

 1 onion studded with 4-6 cloves

 1 small bunch of flat leaf parsley stalks bruised and tied together

 4-6 allspice berries

 8 peppercorns

 4-6 cardamom pods

 1 cinnamon stick

 2 bay leaves

1tsp coriander seeds

 salt and pepper to season


  For the sauce

 3-4 slices of bread with crusts removed

 200ml milk

 200g walnuts

 70g almonds

 70g pine nuts

 4 cloves garlic

 salt and pepper to season

 juice of 1⁄2 lemon For the garnish

2tbsp walnut oil/ butter

 1tsp paprika preferably the Turkish paprika

 1tsp chilli flakes/ cayenne pepper

 a few sprigs of coriander roughly chopped

 8-10 toasted walnut halves

 lemon wedges for serving

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