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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Tovuq dolma (Stuffed whole chicken)

Usually this kind of dolma is made from whole chicken, stuffing just the empty space, but as usually, I like to make more generous filling, so I decided to debone a chicken. I involve my husband to this process, as I couldn't do it as well as he can. We bought fresh chicken from the market and as soon as we get home he started to deboning it:)
Meantime I prepared ingredients for stuffing. Our "Tovuq dolma" turned out to be so delicious! It was moist, juicy and mouthwatering tasty! I was telling my husband from now on we have to try different recipes for stuffing a chicken, I have lots of them!
Whole fresh chicken 1.5 kg (or even bigger)
1 medium sized zucchini
1 egg
3/4 cup of rice
4-5 tbsp of clarified butter
Salt to taste
1 tsp of pepper
1 tsp of coriander
half a tsp of cumin seeds
1 big onion
2 potatoes
4-5 cloves of garlic
1 tbsp of mayonnaise
1 tbsp of mustard
1 tbsp of sour cream
Wash rice carefully and put in a boiling water. Stir immediately and cook until rice is done and soft, but don't overcook. Stir occasionally as it tends to stick to the bottom of a pan. When all the water evaporated and rice is done,add in salt and butter and stir well.Set aside.
Debone a chicken and put all the meat part (that's exactly two breast and some few meat out of the thights) in food processor. Grind chicken meat together with rice, egg and zucchini. Grind well until all the ingredients are finely blended. I am posting some pictures of how to debone a chicken, but if you couldn't understand, then, go to you tube and search videos on deboning a chicken, find one that you like and try to do that!
First of all break the middle bone:

Carefully cut out the spine bone with a sharp knife:

There it is:

Now carefully cut out breast bone, don't cut up the skin!

Carefully cut out chicken breast for filling.
Spread the leg in two parts and take out upper bone.

We got it, deboned chicken!

Stuff chicken with filling.

Sew the bottom and tie legs crosswise.

Sew up the top and tie wings.

Mix well mayonnaise, mustard and sour cream all together and rub it evenly all over the chicken.
Peel onion and potatoes and slice up thick circles. Chop up garlic. layer vegetables evenly in your baking dish and put chicken on top.

Pour 200 ml of water on the sides.
Bake in preheated oven until chicken is nicely golden in color about 1.5-2 hours. (Depends on the size of a chicken) Occasionally pour up the juicy water from the sides of the chicken on to the top of it with a spoon. That will make chicken moist and juicy.

Serve with fresh salad and enjoy!
Yoqimli ishtaha!!!


  1. Oh my goodness! This blows my mind! I had never thought of dolma using meat as the "wrapper"!

  2. I guess your husband also helps you :) That's great!
    I really like your blog, as it gives lots of unique ideas. We are vegans, so I buy many different vegetables and go online to find nice recipes. Malika, would it be possible to have a search engine on your blog, so that we could find the recipes according to our ingredients too? That would be absolutely fantastic! Many thanks!

    1. Yeah, he helps me a lot, especially dealing with meat, as I don't like touching meat much:) As for the search engine, I will think what I can do, I think I can manage something O.K:)

    2. Look darling, why don't you create a youtube account and make nice recipe videos. I think you could succeed. Plus you can make good money if the number of your subscribers reach a particular amount. I see your English is really good. Just think of it! There a plenty of recipe channels. This way you would make uzbek cousine popular to the world. I could be one of your first subs :)

    3. I would love to, I was also thinking about it for some time, but the problem is, my kitchen is not comfortable for shooting videos, but you know what, now I am thinking, that is not a problem-problem is my laziness, I have to start that, thank you so much for encouraging me!!!