Chicken Tabaka (Georgian Chicken Under a Brick)
1465 mins (prep 1440, cooking 25)
14 ingredients
4 servings
This recipe comes from Georgia, formerly of the Soviet Union. The backbone of the marinated chicken is removed so that it lays flat on the grill (or in this case, in a cast iron skillet) and is cooked quickly to sear and crisp the skin, but ensure the meat is tender and juicy inside. Originally, an outdoor "grill" was set up outside, by laying two lines of bricks. Inside the canal were laid pebbles or stones. Then coals were heated and placed on top of the stones. Kebabs, on skewers, were laid across the bricks and the meat cooked over the hot coals. To make the tabaka, a large flat stone was heated and placed over the coals. The chicken was placed on the stone and weighted down with more bricks. I have a Georgian seasoning mix that I purchased in a European market that I use for this dish. It contains: paprika, curcuma (which is probably turmeric), and dehydrated vegetables (carrot, garlic, chili peppers, onion). It is a little spicy, but not what I would call hot.

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Serving Size (411.24 g)
Servings 4
Amount per Serving
Calories 1016.08 Calories from Fat 780.57
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 86.73g 533.72%
Saturated Fat 16.0g 319.99%
Trans Fat 0.22g %
Cholesterol 292.57mg 390.1%
Sodium 1463.22mg 243.87%
Total Carbohydrate 1.62g 2.17%
Dietary Fiber 0.09 g 1.51%
Sugars 0.05 g %
Protein 59.62g 476.94%
Vitamin A 0.41IU% Vitamin C 1.4mg%
Calcium 29.15mg% Iron 3.2mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
freshly ground black pepper