Binnur's Turkish Cookbook - Delicious, healthy and easy-to-make Ottoman & Turkish recipes

Friday, December 26, 2008


2 pieces chicken breast, skinless, boneless, cut in cubes
2+1 tbsp butter
16-18 pearl onions, peeled
6 dry apricots
1 bunch seedless grapes, small size or 3 tbsp Sultana or Golden raisins, stems cut off - soak into the hot water for 20 minutes and drain
1 tsp honey
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 cup hot water or chicken broth
1/2 tsp cinnamon
4 tbsp blanched almonds, sliced

Saute the chicken with 2 tbsp butter for a few minutes in a medium sized pot. Add the pearl onions, saute for about 2-3 more minutes while stirring occasionally. Add the apricot, half of the grapes or Sultana raisins, honey, lemon juice, hot chicken broth, salt and pepper. Cover and cook for about 30 minutes on medium-low heat. Turn the heat off. Sprinkle 1/2 tsp cinnamon over the dish, stir.

Meanwhile toast the almonds and the rest of the grapes or Sultana raisins with 1 tbsp butter for about 2-3 minutes in a small pan. Place the Mahmudiye on a serving dish, arrange the almonds and grapes all over and serve.

2 servings.

*Ottoman Kitchen



At 4:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your website has been a lifesaver! I live in Turkey and am married to a Turk and your site was detrimental to me when learning to cook Turk yemek. Thank you for posting in both languages - it's a great way for me to double check the Turkish instructions my mother-in-law gives me in my native tongue. Cok, cok tesekular ederim!

At 8:26 AM, Anonymous Ceylan said...

Binnurcugum! I love u & ur recipes! :) I cooked (Mahmudiye) & (Celery Lamb Stew) with white rice & salads yeatserday. Me, my husband & my guests were BLOWN AWAY! They tasted DIVINE! :) Tencerede hic bisey kalmadi resmen parmaklarini yediler!!! Ellerine saglik ve coook tesekkur ederim :) Basarina devam dilyorum :) hayranin, Ceylan :)

At 4:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree the site can be really a lifesaver for a woman married to a Turk.this is very true,because i get impresion that cooking is significant for you turks as it blends tradition too.This posted dish sounds very turkish and magical for me,albeit I havent tried it yet.I believe raisins,apricots,cinamon and chicken must be a tasty blend...its amazing

At 1:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur,

Do you have any more recipes or ideas for dishes with pearl onions? Perhaps to cook with beef or lamb.



At 11:12 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Stephanie ,
I've posted few recipies with pearl onion in it, I also may post 1 or 2 next month:)

Quince Stew (Ayva Yahnisi - Aegean Region) ...with lamb
Sweet Pea with Hallumi Cheese(Peynirli Bezelye)
Zucchini with Rice(Zeytinyagli Pirincli Kabak)
Brussels Sprout (Brüksel Lahanası)
Gardener Kebab (Bahcivan Kebabi) .....with lamb
Leek with Eggs (Pirasa Kavurma)
Lamb with Vegetable Stew (Sebzeli Kuzu Yahni) ...with lamb
Chicken with Eggplant and Chickpea (Tavuklu Dograma)
Sour Kebab (Eksili Kebap) ...with ground beef
Sea Bass Poached in Parchment Paper (Kagitta Levrek Bugulama)
Quince Tava (Ayva Tavasi) ...with lamb

At 5:27 PM, Anonymous Erica said...

I'm a home cook in Germany (with access to some great Turkish supermarkets), and I've made this dish and many others from your website. They all turn out fantastic. Thank you so much for your wonderful recipes! And thanks for making them available to all of us all over the world!


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