Azeri Lemon and Leek Chicken Stew

Azeri Chicken with Leeks and Lemons

I cannot travel much nowadays. Even the shortest breakaway drains our stamina because of all the attention our two babies need, so we’ve decided to wait a little longer until our next trip. Instead, I let my imagination do the work through cooking books. The latest arrival was The Food and Art of Azerbaijan, with many one pot dishes like this one, which is called “Toyug-Límon Buglamasy” (Google cannot find anything by those words, by the way.)

Reading the simple everyday recipes the book is filled with paints a perfect picture of an ordinary Azeri family kitchen and that’s why I love it. This humble chicken stew is a perfect example.

  • 1 chicken
  • 3 medium leeks
  • 3 small lemons
  • Salt and pepper
  1. Cut the chicken in medium size pieces.
  2. Finely chop leeks.
  3. Cut lemons in half.
  4. Put all the ingredients in the pot, add salt and pepper to taste, cover with a lid and stew for 45 minutes. Serve with a green salad.

I’ve made it with stuff from the supermarket, but I will try next spring with home raised chicken, and leeks and lemons from a Mayka’s garden.

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