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Besh's Shredded Chicken with Walnuts (Cerkez Tavugu) Recipe

This Protein-Packed Turkish Dish is the Perfect Post Gym Bite

Enjoying tasty Turkish food doesn't have to mean all your hard work in the gym has to go to waste. For those on the hunt for a protein fix should try making this chicken and walnuts dish from Besh restaurant in Dubai.

Cerkez Tavugu: Shredded Chicken with Walnuts


Besh's Shredded Chicken with Walnuts (Cerkez Tavugu) Recipe


  1. 1 whole chicken
    150gr walnuts
    1⁄2 loaf of stale bread, crusts removed 15gr sweet paprika
    5gr black pepper
    5gr cumin
    15gr salt
    500ml milk
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 yellow pepper, pealed and quartered 1⁄2 bunch parsley
    1 carrot, peeled and chopped coarsely


  1. Cut the whole chicken into quarters and place in a large stock pot with onions, carrots and parsley.
  2. Add 8 cups of water and
    over a medium heat, boil the chicken.
  3. Once cooked, place to the
    side and let cool before shredding.
  4. Soak the bread in milk for about 5 minutes then remove, squeeze
    out the excess milk and break it up.

  5. Pass the walnuts and sweet
    paprika through the grinder then place on a dry pan and heat
    slightly until walnuts become aromatic.
  6. Remove and place in
    cheesecloth to squeeze out the walnut oil which you will use
  7. Combine the walnuts, 2 ladles of the chicken stock, salt, pepper,
    cumin, garlic, bread and milk, cook over a medium heat for 2-3
    minutes until you get a medium white sauce consistency

  8. Place shredded chicken on plate and pour the sauce over and
    top with the walnut oil.
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