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Took the traditional Sunday roast and gave it a Cypriot twist. Tavuk dolması (st…

Took the traditional Sunday roast and gave it a Cypriot twist. Tavuk dolması (stuffed chicken) with a nutty fruity rice.

We have made this dish quite a few times, adapted from and each time, we have tweaked the ingredients! Can’t take all the tho, so thank you to my daughter izzyg19 for sharing the chicken marinade recipe and yours truly for the rice☺️ to Feed 4, plus leftovers:

🍗 Ingredients:

Extra large chicken (2kg)
65 gms flaked almonds
125 gms walnuts broken into bits
100 gms sultanas
100 gms dried apricots diced
55 gms butter
A good glug of olive oil
140 gms finely diced onion
280 gms rice
4 chicken stock cubes
1/4 tsp cardamom
1/4 tsp cinnamon
Black pepper
3 mugs of cold water

🍗 Marinade for the chicken:

30 gms melted butter
2 tbls extra virgin olive oil
1.5 crushed chicken stock cubes
1.5 tbls dried oregano
1.25 tbls black pepper
3 grated garlic cloves

🍗 Method:

Put all the ingredients together for the marinade, then rub it all over the chicken inside and out. Set to one side.

In a large deep based frying pan, add the butter and olive oil. Once the butter has melted add the onions and garlic and sauté for 5-6 minutes.

Then add the rice, flaked almonds and walnuts, and fry together on simmer, for 7 minutes. Then add the herbs and spices, 3 mugs of cold water, the dried fruit and 2 chicken stock cubes. Bring to the boil, then simmer until just before it’s cooked and it still has water in it. Place a tea-towel on top of the rice and then the lid, and let it rest and naturally cook by soaking up the juices.

Once the rice has cooked, stuff as much as you can inside the chicken. Save the rest for the meal. Add your chosen veg. We had sweet potato and carrots yesterday (whatever veg I have in the house generally!). Pop into the oven on 180 for 2 hours. Every 30 minutes, rotate the dish and baste. Enjoy! 😋

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