Recipe Card: Chkmeruli (Home Cooking, Ep. 4)

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Print this recipe card out and keep it in your kitchen for easy access to a great chkmeruli recipe!

Recipe Courtesy of Nik Tsiklauri, Home Cooking Host

Recipe transcribed by Adia Wolters.

Video instructions for this recipe can be found in KBVR TV’s Home Cooking series.

Home Cooking highlights family recipes from international students. In this episode, home cook Nik walks you through all the necessary ingredients, preparation and cooking instructions to make Chkmeruli.

The recipe is a traditional meal from the country of Georgia. 

Ingredients Required:

For the meat:

  • 1 entire chicken
  • 1 tablespoon of oil
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of red chili pepper powder
  • 1 teaspoon of butter

For the sauce:

  • 2 cups hot water
  • 7 cloves of garlic
  • A bundle of dill
  • 4 tablespoons of cream

Instructions:

Step 1: Take the chili pepper powder and mix it with the salt. Then apply the mixture everywhere on the chicken, on both sides. 

Step 2: The next step is to fry the chicken. Preheat a pan on medium heat and add the oil and butter to the inside. 

Step 3: Cook the chicken in the pan. Try to compress it as much as possible in order to achieve the best cooking. For a smaller chicken, cook for 20 minutes on one side, flip it over and cook for 20 on the other. 

Step 4: The next step is to prepare the Chkmeruli sauce. According to the chef, it’s what “defines this meal.” You will need 2 cups of hot water for this step. First, add the chopped-up dill and garlic into a bowl. Then pour over the 2 cups of hot water.

Step 5: Add 4 tablespoons of cream to the sauce mixture and stir it together. 

Step 6: Once the time is up for cooking the chicken–the inner temperature should be at 165 Fahrenheit–take the chicken out of the pan and cut it into pieces—whatever size you prefer—then put the chicken back into the pan and pour the sauce on top of it. 

Step 7: The moment it begins to boil, wait about 5 more minutes and then it’s ready to take out and eat!