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Georgian-Style Chicken Stew with Tomatoes and Herbs

4 Servings

FAST: 1¼ hours
Slow: 4½ to 5½ hours 30 minutes active

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This flavorful braised chicken is based on the Georgian dish chakhokbili, an aromatic stew that combines garlic, fresh tomatoes and a spice blend called khmeli-suneli, which includes blue fenugreek and coriander. We approximated the flavor of blue fenugreek by pairing dry ground mustard with fennel seeds. Though not a flawless imitation, the stew still tastes full and rich. To keep the herb flavors fresh and bright, we add the cilantro and dill at the end, after cooking is complete. To be efficient, prep the herbs while the chicken cooks. Serve the stew with rice, mashed potatoes or hunks of crusty bread.




Don't let the garlic brown too much. Caramelization adds deep, nutty flavor, but overcooked garlic will give the dish harsh, bitter notes. When the garlic is golden brown, add the onion and fennel seeds to help cool the pot, then stir often until the wine and tomatoes are added.

FAST: 1¼ hours
Slow: 4½ to 5½ hours

30 minutes active



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David E.
June 14, 2022
I have made this recipe as laid out here and like it very much but now have access to khmeli-suneli. I am ASSUMING (dangerous, I know) that it can fully substitute for the fennel seed, dry mustard, and coriander and can be added to recipe when I'd previously added the coriander. I'll try it and report back. Given the availability of many exotic blends by mail (or at ethnic markets in big cities) it's always nice to know what to do with the real thing. (Not that I don't appreciate the attempt to find equivalent but readily available substitutes.)
Jessica O.
February 11, 2024
Very tasty 🤤
Loved the ingredients 🥰. Easy to make and full of flavor. Did not have the wine on hand used water and it still was very very flavorful. Thank you milkstreet 🙏🏼.
Molly B.
January 30, 2024
My new favorite dish!
This was outstanding!!! So much flavor, supremely satisfying, and very fresh. We’ve made it three times in the past two weeks!!!
Nataliia K.

What exactly is a pint of tomatoes? How much is that in cups/oz/grams?


1 pint = 2 cups
2 pints = 1 quart
4 quarts = 1 gallon