Sacivi – Chicken with Walnut Sauce

Sacivi is a Georgian dish with a thick sauce containing onion, garlic, walnuts, spices and herbs.  Although this is a pretty easy dish to make, it requires plenty of time.  The dish must be prepared in advance and chilled for 24 hours before serving.  So it’s a good one to serve at a dinner party (particularly if you are serving a tapas or mezze style dinner) as it can all be prepared in advance and all you need to do before putting it on the table is add some garnish.  Although this recipe uses chicken, a firm white fish such as monk fish or halibut are viable alternatives.



Ingredients (serves 4 – 6)

4 chicken breast fillets (total weight 500g / 1 1/4 lb)

500ml cold water (or enough to cover the chicken)

1 tsp salt

3 tbsp rapeseed oil

2 white onions, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, crushed

100g walnuts (plus 5 – 6 halves for garnish)

1 tsp ground coriander

1 tsp cayenne peper

3 tbsp finely chopped coriander for garnish.


Put the chicken in a medium-sized pan, cover with cold water and bring to the boil


Reduce to heat and simmer for 5 minutes

Skim the surface if necessary

Add the salt, cover and cook for 15 minutes

Heat the oil in a small frying pan

Fry the onion and garlic for 5 minutes


Transfer the onion and garlic to a food processor

Add the walnuts, coriander and cayenne pepper and half the stock from the chicken


Process until a smooth paste is formed

Add the remaining sauce, or enough, until a thick sauce is made


Transfer the sauce to a bowl

Cut the cooked chicken into chunks

Add chicken to the sauce

Stir until coated in sauce


Cover and chill overnight

To serve, garnish with walnuts and chopped coriander


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