Shkmeruli (chicken cooked in milk and garlic sauce) was one of our very favorite dishes when we traveled to the country of Georgia. It has very few ingredients, which are traditionally combined together and baked in a traditional Georgian red clay baking dish, or ketsi.
While the whole recipe is relatively simple, after tasting it, it is very clear that sometimes less is better. The rich flavor of crispy roasted chicken paired with the creamy garlic sauce is just perfect. We typically ordered chicken shkmeruli along with some silky smooth mashed potatoes (this recipe for perfect mashed potatoes would do very nicely).
I’ve added links to our other favorite recipes from our travels through Georgia at the end of the post. I highly recommend trying the Khachapuri, which is fresh baked bread stuffed with cheese and topped with an egg. It is creamy and delicious.
Another very popular Georgian dish is the khinkali, which is a stuffed pasta dumping. Most of the food from this country is heavy peasant food meant to be shared. My best suggestion is to invite over a few friends and organize a Georgian feast.
In Georgia nobody would ever think of having such a meal without a good deal of wine or chacha (Georgian brandy), followed by lots of singing and dancing. If all of this inspires to you learn more about Georgia and potentially consider a trip yourself, you can read about our recommended things to eat and do in Tbilisi, Georgia’s capital city.
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Additional recipes from the country of Georgia that you might enjoy.
Yield 4 servings