CHICKEN BAZHE (KATMIS BAZHE)

From The Georgian Feast

During the sweltering summer months Georgians prepare this quick variation of the class dish satsivi, fish or fowl cooked in a walnut sauce. Here the sauce is simply poured over the roast meat at serving time.

 

 

  • 1-1/2 cups walnuts
  • 5 garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 2 tsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground marigold (if available)
  • 3/4 tsp. ground coriander seeds
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • Dash cayenne
  • One 4- to 5-lb. roasting chicken
  • Butter or olive oil

In a food processor, grind the nuts coarsely. Add the garlic and continue to grind to a paste. Transfer to a bowl and beat in the boiling water, stirring constantly until smooth. Stir in the vinegar and spices. Allow to sit for several hours to meld.

About 1 1/2 hours before serving time, rinse the chicken and wipe it dry. Rub the skin with a little butter or olive oil. Place on a rack in a shallow pan at roast at 375°F for 1 to 1 1/4 hours, basting occasionally. Remove the chicken from the oven and allow to sit for 10 minutes before carving.

Serve the bazhe sauce over slices of hot roast chicken.

Serves 6.