Georgian Chicken Stew with Tomatoes and Herbs
This Georgian Chicken Stew with Tomatoes and Herbs [Chakhokhbili] is an easy, traditional dish from the country of Georgia. This one pot meal consists of seared chicken pieces cooked in a bright, comforting tomato sauce that is delicious over rice or with fresh garlic naan bread for sopping juices.
Servings: 4 servings
- 2 to 2 ½ pounds chicken thighs bone-in, skin-on
- 6 Tablespoons olive oil divided
- 1 large onion
- 1 red bell pepper sliced
- 26 ounces San Marzano tomatoes diced (or 3.5 pounds chopped fresh tomatoes, if available)
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon salt or more to taste
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper or more to taste
- ½-1 cup fresh cilantro chopped, plus more for sprinkling over the top
- 4 garlic cloves minced
Season the chicken thighs on both sides with salt and pepper.
Heat 4 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large dutch oven or skillet on high heat. When the oil is hot, add the chicken thighs skin side down and brown for 4-5 minutes before flipping and browning on the other side. Remove chicken from pan and set aside.
Drain the grease, then add the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil and heat over medium high heat. Add the onion and cook for 2 minutes. Add the bell pepper and continue to cook for another 3 minutes, stirring occasionally until onions have softened.
Add the tomatoes, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper, then cover the dutch oven or skillet with a lid and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes.
Return the chicken to the pan and nestle the pieces into the tomato sauce. Cover with the lid again and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook for 30 minutes, until chicken is tender and cooked through.
Stir in the chopped cilantro and minced garlic. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary.
Serve the stew with additional cilantro sprinkled over the top and naan bread or rice.
Calories: 896kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 50g | Fat: 69g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g | Monounsaturated Fat: 35g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 278mg | Sodium: 1050mg | Potassium: 1267mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1723IU | Vitamin C: 59mg | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 5mg