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Tavuk Sote is a Turkish chicken stew that involves cooked chicken pieces with vegetables, herbs, and spices in a flavorful sauce. It’s a versatile and popular recipe in Turkish cuisine, often enjoyed with accompaniments like rice or bread.

A turkish chicken stew Tavuk Sote that contain chopped boneless chicken breast with carrots and potatoes garnished with chopped parsley cooked in a tomato sauce served in a bowl.
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Turkish cuisine has a rich diverse and flavorful history, that is richly influenced by the Ottoman Empire. Its food is known to emphasize the use of fresh, locally sourced produce, aromatic herbs, and a variety of spices. And this is why I find Turkish food as one of the most delicious and nutritious cuisines in the world.

In this recipe, I will be showing how to make a delicious Turkish chicken stew called Tavuk sote. Stews, known as “sote” in Turkish, have been a longstanding tradition in Turkish cooking, reflecting the region’s appreciation for hearty, well-balanced dishes that bring together an array of ingredients.

A turkish chicken stew Tavuk Sote that contain chopped boneless chicken breast with carrots and potatoes garnished with chopped parsley cooked in a tomato sauce served in a bowl.A turkish chicken stew Tavuk Sote that contain chopped boneless chicken breast with carrots and potatoes garnished with chopped parsley cooked in a tomato sauce served in a bowl.

Recipe Ingredients

Chicken- This serves as the primary protein in tavuk sote, providing a lean and tender texture to the dish when cooked. I cut into bite-sized pieces for the stew.

Vegetables: I am using Potatoes and Carrots for my stew recipe which will provide nutrients to the dish. Also, Bell Peppers contribute a fresh and crisp texture, as well as a slightly sweet flavor.

Spices: In this recipe, I added spices such as thyme, cumin, and paprika which creates a flavorful seasoning for the stew.

Tomato Sauce: The sauce will add a rich, savory base to the tavuk sote. It provides a saucy consistency to bind the ingredients together.

Herbs: I use parsley which will serve as a garnish, adding a burst of freshness and a hint of herbal flavor to the finished dish. In addition to that, I use red onion and garlic which are sautéed in olive oil before adding other ingredients. Lastly, for spiciness, I added green chili pepper which I sliced into pieces.

Other Ingredients: The rest you will need olive oil for sautéing and cooking the ingredients; water for making the stew; and salt & black pepper for taste.

Step by Step Instruction

Step 1: First, add olive oil to the cooking pot at medium heat. Once it became hot, I added chopped red onion and garlic. Stir till it turns translucent.

Step 2: Secondly, I added the sliced green chilies which I gave a quick stir before adding the sliced chicken breast. Stir gently and let it cook for 5 minutes.

Step 3: Next, add the chopped green bell pepper and stir for a few minutes. Add the cumin, thyme, and paprika, and give it a quick stir again.

Step 4: After that, I added the tomato sauce and then gently stir to combine.

Steps 5 & 6: Pour water into the cooking pot and let it simmer for 20-30 minutes. During half-way, add the chopped parsley and then gently mix to combine.

Step 7: While it is simmering, add vegetable oil in a separate pan. Once the oil is hot, add the sliced carrot and potatoes. Gently fry for up to 5 minutes. You can only half-cooked it since the rest will be done by simmering in the pot.

Step 8: Once you simmered the stew for up to 20 minutes, transfer the potatoes and carrots in the pot and let it simmer for 5 more minutes. Add salt and black pepper for taste. Once done, turn off the heat.

Final Step: Place the Turkish chicken stew in the plate bowl and garnish it with chopped parsley. Serve it with rice or bread. Enjoy!

A turkish chicken stew Tavuk Sote that contain chopped boneless chicken breast with carrots and potatoes garnished with chopped parsley cooked in a tomato sauce served in a bowl.A turkish chicken stew Tavuk Sote that contain chopped boneless chicken breast with carrots and potatoes garnished with chopped parsley cooked in a tomato sauce served in a bowl.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How long can my Tavuk Sote recipe last in the fridge?

You can store this Turkish Chicken stew in the fridge for up to 5 days.

2. What do I serve this Turkish Chicken stew with?

You can serve this with rice, bulgur or any crusty bread you like.

3. What other vegetables I can use in this recipe?

Zucchini, eggplant, or green beans are some alternatives you can consider.

4. Can I make tavuk sote ahead of time?

Yes, tavuk sote can be made ahead of time and reheated. The flavors often develop even more when allowed to sit, making it a convenient dish for meal prep.

Other Turkish Food Recipes

Here are other delicious Turkish meat recipes you can make at home:

  1. Tas Kebabi
  2. Chicken Tava
  3. Turkish Moussaka

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Tavuk Sote (Turkish Chicken Stew)

Saif Al Deen Odeh

Tavuk Sote is a Turkish chicken stew recipe that contain tender cooked chicken with a mix of vegetables, herbs, and spices in a flavorful sauce. This versatile dish is commonly paired with rice or bread, making it a well-loved and widely enjoyed recipe in Turkish cuisine.

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 30 minutes

Total Time 40 minutes

Course Main Course

Cuisine Turkish

Servings 4

Calories 594 kcal

Ingredients  

  • 500 grams of Boneless Chicken Breast cut in square shape
  • 1 Large Potatoes cut in cubed shaped
  • 2 Medium Carrots Sliced
  • 1 Green Bell Peppers chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of Thyme
  • 2 teaspoon of Cumin
  • 2 teaspoon of Paprika
  • 2 cups Tomato Sauce
  • ½ cup of chopped Parsley
  • 1 Medium of Red Onion chopped
  • 4 cloves of Garlic chopped
  • 1 Green Chili Pepper chopped
  • 3 tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • ¼ cup of vegetable oil for frying the potatoes and carrots
  • 2 to 3 cups of Water
  • 1 teaspoon of Salt
  • 1 teaspoon of Black Pepper

Instructions 

  • Heat olive oil in a cooking pot over medium heat. Once it’s hot, sauté chopped red onion and garlic until translucent.

  • Add sliced green chilies and give them a quick stir before introducing the sliced chicken breast. Gently stir and let it cook for 5 minutes.

  • Add chopped green bell pepper and stir for a few minutes. Add cumin, thyme, and paprika, giving it another quick stir.

  • Afterward, add tomato sauce and gently stir to combine.

  • Pour water into the pot and let it simmer for 20 minutes. Midway through, add chopped parsley and gently mix.

  • While it simmers, heat vegetable oil in a separate pan. Once hot, add sliced carrot and potatoes, frying gently for up to 5 minutes. Partially cook them, as they will finish cooking in the pot.

  • After simmering the stew for 20 minutes, transfer the partially cooked potatoes and carrots to the pot. Let it simmer for an additional 5 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper to taste. Turn off the heat when done.

  • Finally, plate the Turkish chicken stew and serve it with rice or bread. Enjoy!

Notes

  • You can disregard green chili pepper if you don’t want your stew spicy.
  • You can use beef or lamb instead of chicken.
  • You can add or switched with other vegetables such as eggplant or zucchini.  

Nutrition

Serving: 4gCalories: 594kcalProtein: 41.3gFat: 35.7gSaturated Fat: 7.5gCholesterol: 111mgSodium: 700mgPotassium: 1037mgFiber: 13.5gSugar: 7.6gCalcium: 577mgIron: 35mg

Keyword Tavuk Sote, Turkish Chicken Stew


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