Abkhazia: Akuteitsarsh (Chicken in Peanut Sauce)

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“This recipe is from week one of my food blog, "Travel by Stove." I am attempting to cook one meal from every country in the world, starting with Abkhazia. This is a tasty dish that is pretty simple to prepare, but looks a bit odd. For the complete Abkhazian experience, serve with Walnut Lobio. (Note: This recipe also calls for two teaspoons of adjika, which in its infinite wisdom would not let me add to the ingredient list, I guess because it isn't ketchup and therefore is not a real ingredient. I've posted the recipe for adjika elsewhere on ... don't leave it out! It's an important part of the flavor in this dish and is easy to make.)”

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  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.

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