Recipes from Abkhazia: Akuteitsarsh (Chicken in Peanut Sauce)

Recipes from Abkhazia

Akuteitsarsh (Chicken in Peanut Sauce)

Country: Abkhazia
Course: Main


  • 6 chicken thighs (the original recipe calls for a whole chicken)
  • 6 ounces shelled peanuts
  • 1 1/2 onions, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 ounces butter
  • 1/3 bunch cilantro
  • 4 fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried fennel
  • 1/2 teaspoon savory
  • 1 1/2 cups reserved chicken broth
  • 1 splash white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons pomegranate juice
  • salt


  1. Put the chicken thighs in a pot and cover them with cold water. Bring the water and thighs to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until thighs are nearly done.
  2. Mash the peanuts, garlic, salt and herbs in a mortar and pestle, then add the reserved chicken stock. (Alternately, you can just put the peanuts, garlic, salt and herbs into a food processor with the chicken stock).
  3. Meanwhile, transfer the chicken to a skillet with the butter, onion and adjika. Sauté until chicken is cooked through (use a meat thermometer to be sure).
  4. When the chicken is done cooking, pour the peanut sauce over it and bring everything up to serving temperature.