“Chicken Saute” is one of the favorite main dishes of Turkish cuisine. It is very easy and economical to prepare. It is made with chicken breast and many other ingredients that can add a different flavor to the dish. You may find chicken breast tasteless; however, the ingredients we are going to use will change your mind about chicken breast dull taste. Chicken Saute is a dish that you can add endless ingredients to it, but keeping recipes simple is always a good idea.
The meal is low fat, high protein, and rich taste main dish that you can always count on. If you are in a hurry, you can easily cook Chicken Saute with any ingredients you have at your storage. The dish was also the favorite dish in the Ottoman palace too. Maybe the Sultans were too busy and they needed a quick dish sometime. Who knows? Let’s see how it was at that time. And thus, you will see why this simple dish is special in Turkish cuisine.
The Story of Chicken Saute
One of the most popular commanders and the sultan of the Ottoman Empire was Fatih Sultan Mehmet. He conquered Istanbul in 1453 and his period was the most glorious time of the Ottoman Empire. In his ruling period, even Ottoman cuisine’s fame passed the borders of the Ottoman Empire. Furthermore, this fame reached the Arab lands in the south and the Balkans in the west. Ottoman historians say that the most favorite dish of the Sultan was Chicken Saute. Historians say that the Sultan palace’s kitchen was about 5250 square-meter. And it was formed by 8 separate divisions and one of these divisions was only for poultry.
As for The Ingredient of the Dish
- 1 chicken breast,
- 1 onion,
- 2 red peppers,
- 4 green peppers,
- 2 tomatoes,
- 1 tbsp tomato paste,
- 2 tsp ground red pepper,
- 1/4 cup olive oil,
- 2 cups water,
- Chopped parsley to garnish.
How to Cook Chicken Saute?
- Finely chop the onion, peppers, and tomato, and cut the chicken breast into bite-size pieces,
- Heat the oil and cook the onion and peppers on medium heat until softened,
- Then, add the chicken and cook until browned,
- Add the tomato paste and stir for 2 mins,
- Afterward, add ground red pepper and stir,
- Add the tomato and cook until it absorbs all the water it initially releases,
- Add 2 cups water and salt, then cook on low heat for 5-10 mins,
- Serve with chopped parsley on top.
As for the question of what to eat chicken saute with, Turkish rice is always the best option. For a detailed recipe for how to cook rice, the only thing you have to do is to click here.