Chicken tabaka
Place of originGeorgia
Region or stateCaucasus, Eastern Europe, Central Asia

Chicken tabaka (Georgian: წიწილა ტაბაკა tsitsila tabaka) or chicken tapaka (Georgian: წიწილა ტაფაკა tsitsila tapaka) is a traditional Georgian[1][2][3] dish of a pan-fried chicken which is also popular in other Caucasian cuisines.[4] It also became a common restaurant dish in the Soviet cuisine and is found nowadays in many restaurants throughout Eastern Europe and Central Asia.[3]

The chicken is fried in a traditional frying pan called tapa (Georgian: ტაფა).[2][3][5] For frying thoroughly, the chicken is flattened out on the pan and pressed by a weight. In modern cookery, special pan sets with a heavy cover or with a screw press are often used.

Chicken tabaka is often seasoned with garlic or dressed with traditional Georgian sauces, such as bazhe, satsivi or tkemali.[2][3]

See also


  1. ^ Albala, Ken. Food Cultures of the World Encyclopedia, Volume 1, p. 125
  2. ^ a b c Encyclopaedia of Contemporary Russian, Smorodinskaya, Karen Evans-Romaine, Helena Goscilo, p. 380
  3. ^ a b c d Goldstein, Darra. The Georgian Feast: The Vibrant Culture and Savory Food of the Republic of Georgia, p. 102
  4. ^ С.А. Арутюнов; Г.А. Сергеева; В.П. Кобычев (1995). Народы Кавказа. Материальная культура: пища и жилище. p. 66. (in Russian)
  5. ^ MacVeigh, Jeremy (2008) International Cuisine, p. 221. Cengage Learning. Google Books. Retrieved 16 October 2013.