>Meze – Aymis’s Circassian Chicken (Aymis hanim’in Cerkez Tavugu)
Circassian chicken, ‘Cerkez Tavugu,’ is another specialty that is the sign of a good Turkish cook. The actual recipe is suppose to be very hard because it requires extracting the oil of walnuts; I have never, even questioned, how that is done, so I cannot tell you but this recipe, in my opinion, tastes better than the real thing. It is super easy and incredibly delicious.
Getting a recipe with actual measurements out of a real Turkish cook is next to impossible, These women must have all learned how to make these delicacies on their mother’s laps and are very easy going about giving out recipes since everyone’s pinch or hand full is different; the resulting product can be extremely variable. I have learned after many melt-downs that all you need to do is relax and trust your taste buds. If you get the basic ingredients fresh and rightly prepared (in this case boiling the chicken until it is tender) the sky is the limit.
I am including the recipe for this but I have to admit that I start out with the boiled chicken and keep on adding more and more yogurt and salt and even garlic until I get it to the consistency and taste I desire.