Chahohbili – Georgian Chicken Stew

February 11, 2014
1 Ratings
  • Serves 6
Author Notes

Chahohbili is a traditional Georgian poultry dish. Originally, Chahohbili was cooked from wild game birds, but nowdays chicken is the main source for this dish. This might be the most commonly made Georgian dish. I'm a big fan of the flavors. I like to serve it over rice, but it would go nicely with pasta or crusty bread too. —Kukla

What You'll Need
  • • 3 lb chicken thighs and drumsticks, bone in with skin trimmed but not entirely removed
  • • 2 large onions, sliced
  • • 3-4 large ripe tomatoes, peeled and chopped
  • • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • • 1 small hot pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • • 1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • • 2 dried bay leaves
  • • About 6-7 strands of saffron
  • • 1 tablespoon of each: chopped cilantro, parsley, basil
  • • Salt, freshly ground black pepper to taste
  1. Put all spices into a spice grinder and pulse until they turn into a powder.
  2. Wash and dry the chicken. Preheat the heavy skillet. Add the chicken pieces and fry on medium-high flame for 2-3 minutes on each side until golden brown. Season with salt and black pepper, Transfer the chicken to a large casserole. Reserve 2 tablespoons of chicken roasting fat.
  3. Preheat a clean skillet with 2 tablespoons of chicken roasting fat. Add the sliced onions and sauté’ until just softened. Transfer the onion to a casserole; add chopped tomatoes and hot pepper. Season with salt and sugar to taste and 1 tablespoon of spice powder. Cover, bring to boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 30-35 minutes.
  4. Remove the casserole from heat stir in minced garlic and chopped herbs. Let stand for 5 minutes, serve and enjoy.

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3 Reviews

Benjamin May 14, 2018
What pepper do you recommend?
Kate February 27, 2014
I first had Chahohbili at a guesthouse in Kazbegi, Georgia and it was incredible! Thank you for all of your great Georgian and other recipes :)
Kukla February 27, 2014
You are very welcome Kate! Although I have never visited Georgia and mostly tasted it in restaurants, I love Georgian cuisine for the simplicity of preparation, use of many different herbs, fragrant spices and nuts and cook their dishes often.
Thank you Kate for the nice comment! I hope you’ll try some of my recipes and let me know how they came out!