Ground Chicken With Walnuts

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  • Prep

    30 m
  • Cook

    1 h
  • Ready In

    1 h 30 m
Recipe by  Nurdan

“This is a traditional Turkish recipe (also known as Circassian Chicken) which can be served either as a main course, or a delicious appetizer.”

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Original recipe yields 10 servings



  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, place chicken, potato, onion and carrot. Pour in water, and bring to a boil. Skim any foam from the surface, and season with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt. Reduce heat, and simmer for 1hour, or until chicken and vegetables are tender. Strain and reserve broth. Discard vegetables. Allow chicken to cool, then remove skin and bones, and shred meat into very small pieces.
  2. Soften the bread in some of the chicken broth, then squeeze out. In a large bowl, combine bread, ground walnuts, garlic, red pepper, and 1 teaspoon salt. Using your hands, mix well like you're mixing meatballs. Place mixture in cheesecloth, and squeeze oil that the ground walnuts produce into a small bowl; set aside. Place walnut mixture into large bowl. Slowly blend in 1 cup of reserved chicken broth until consistency is like thick soup.
  3. Place shredded chicken in a porcelain or glass serving dish. Stir in 2 to 3 tablespoons of walnut mixture. Cover chicken with remaining walnut mixture so the chicken is not visible. Smooth surface with the back of a spoon. Pour reserved walnut oil over the top.

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Wow, great recipe with authentic Turkish flavours! I made it for some guests and it knocked their socks off. Hats off to the chef!



Great flavor, but I found this recipe to be very difficult to make especially when trying to squeeze the oil from the ground walnuts. It just didn't happen for me. I ended up adding mayonnaise and making chicken salad,which was not my initial intention for this dish. Too bad because this dish has a lot of potential.



I used 7 saltine crackers, omitted the potato, added a bit of real Hungarian sweet paprika (about 2 tsp), and garnished the dish with pomegranate seeds for added eye-appeal.

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Amount Per Serving (10 total)

  • Calories
  • 691 cal
  • 35%
  • Fat
  • 53.4 g
  • 82%
  • Carbs
  • 14.1 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 41.2 g
  • 82%
  • Cholesterol
  • 136 mg
  • 45%
  • Sodium
  • 754 mg
  • 30%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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