Fantastic chicken in the Balkan style: It’s delicious, dietary and immediately…

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“What should I cook today?” This is the question of many women who have to feed the whole family. It is understandable that our imagination sometimes runs out of power when cooking. Try the Balkan chicken, it tastes great.

The recipe contains a mixture of spices called chubrica. This universal spice is very popular in Bulgaria, it is added to minced meat, soups, but also dishes made from legumes or roasted vegetables. And I can’t do without it dishes prepared on the grill, zuvec, moussaka or kebab. It is also used to season various spreads, it is popularly sprinkled on sheep’s cheese or slices of bacon or on bread with butter or lard. In Bulgarian, chubrica means both herb satura and a popular spice mix that includes satura, salt, hot peppers, roasted cornmeal, and fenugreek seeds. Dried garlic is also added to some mixtures. Balkan cuisine cannot do without vegetables, in this recipe you will need peppers and eggplant.

Saturejka forms the basis of the spice called chubrica.
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Balkan-style chicken

Raw materials:

  • 1 whole chicken or 4 chicken legs
  • 1 onion
  • 2 peppers
  • 1 eggplant
  • Balkan spice of zubrica to taste
  • olive oil
  • salt

eggplant, pepper, cutting board

You can lightly salt the eggplant and let it “cry out”. Then dry it and put it in a baking dish.
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  • Wash, dry and cut the chicken or use chicken thighs. Peel the onion and cut it together with the pepper into circles or strips. Cut the eggplant into half rings or cubes. Mix the spices with a little oil and salt.
  • Grease the pan with olive oil and spread the onion.
  • Rub the chicken with the spice and oil mixture and place on top of the onions.
  • Cover and bake in an oven heated to 180°C for about 40 minutes.
  • Then take the meat out of the baking dish, put chopped peppers and eggplant on top of the onions and put the meat on top of them. Bake uncovered in an oven heated to 200°C for about 25 minutes, until the chicken is golden brown.


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