This simple and flavor-packed Ganja-Style Chicken & Eggs add a touch of exoticness to any meal.
I am forever fascinated with food from other cultures. International cuisine reveals so much depth and many unique flavor combinations that delight my culinary curiosity.
Today’s recipe comes from Azerbaijan, a country with a fascinating history and captivating cultural and culinary heritage.
Azerbaijan is known as the “Land of Fire” because of its rich natural gas deposits that sometimes ignite and burn up through the ground, has a unique cuisine that is the product of centuries of cultural exchange. One can find food traditions there originating in Turkey, Iran, Russia, Georgia, the Middle East & Central Asia.
Only in Azerbaijan can you visit a crude oil spa where you lie naked in a pool of oil up to your neck and relax. I am pretty sure this is up there with fish massages in Thailand. (Check out a video of my mom and I enjoying our fish massage here.)
I recently met the delightful Feride Buyuran, author of the multiple award-winning Azerbaijan cookbook called Pomegranates & Saffron, A Culinary Journey to Azerbaijan at a Melissa’s Produce media luncheon.
This cookbook is a fascinating glimpse into local culture and traditions with, 200 easy to follow and oh so appetizing recipes, gorgeously photographed.
The bread recipes alone will make you swoon.
Once the weather cools down, I am going to make the “Layered Almond Pastries” on page 256. Until then, here are some other flavorful recipes I sampled and loved. The dishes were scrumptious and notable for an extravagant use of fresh herbs.
Chopped Vegetable Salad pg. 38 & Vegetable Kabab Salad pg. 41
Meatballs in Sweet and Sour Tomato Sauce pg. 71 & Ganja-Style Chicken with Eggs pg. 98
Rice Pilaf with Dill & Fava Beans pg. 178 & Baku-Style Baklava pg. 249
Today’s recipe: Ganja-Style Chicken & Eggs
The Ganja-Style Chicken with Eggs recipe captivated me because I can’t recall ever cooking chicken with eggs. Feride encouraged us to adapt her recipes and make them our own. So that is exactly what I did.
Since it is currently summer and cooking anything for a long period is out of the question for me, I used a rotisserie chicken instead of cooking my own. It makes this recipe a breeze. I also added mushrooms because I had them on hand and they were terrific. I could easily see adding bell peppers as well.
Ganja-Style Chicken & Eggs
- 1 Rotisserie chicken cut up in bite-size pieces
- About 10 tablespoons clarified butter or unsalted butter
- 3 medium onions cut in half lengthwise, then thinly sliced crosswise (3 packed cups)
- 8 ounces of sliced mushrooms
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric I used 1-inch grated fresh turmeric
- 4 large eggs
- Ground black pepper
- Chopped fresh cilantro for garnish
Heat 8 tablespoons of the butter over medium heat in a 12-inch frying pan. Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently, until light golden, about 15 minutes. Add the turmeric, stir to evenly coat the onion, and cook an additional 30 seconds.
Remove the onion from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside, leaving the remaining butter in the pan.
Melt 2 more tablespoons of butter in the same frying pan and add the mushrooms. Cook until mushrooms, stirring occasionally, until all the moisture has evaporated and the mushrooms start to turn dark reddish-brown with golden spots. This should take another 5-8 minutes.
Return the onion to the pan, season with black pepper, and additional salt to taste. Add chicken and stir to combine, and level with a spoon.
Break the eggs in a small bowl and beat lightly. Pour the eggs evenly over the chicken mixture. Cover and cook until the eggs are set, 5 to 7 minutes.
Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve with rice pilaf or bread.
“This cookbook is part culture, part history, part ethnography, part recipes, part stories – a little bit of everything written with love that I hope readers will enjoy and appreciate.” – Feride Buyuran
This cookbook inspires me with Azerbaijani cuisine’s diversity of flavors and techniques. I enjoyed reading this book and can’t wait to trek to this exotic and picturesque country.
…and then, she paused for thought.
You can check out Feride’s website & blog for other great recipes. www.AZCookbook.com
Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I was given a copy of “Pomegranates & Saffron” cookbook to cook with. All opinions are my own.
Susan Herrmann Loomis
Cathy – this all sounds so delicious! Thanks for reporting on it.
Thanks Susan! I think you would love this recipe.
Looks great! I might add tomatoes and eggplant! Thanks for the inspiration.
Great idea Nan. I think you could use any vegetables with this dish.
Those sweet and sour meatballs also look amazing! That’s one I would definitely try, as well!
I almost blogged those because they were so delicious as well.
I love your presentation of this delicious dish. Good idea doing a shortcut summertime version and adding the mushrooms.
Thanks Faye. I love this recipe and can see how it would work with so many other vegetables as well.
OK Cathy – “Layered Almond Pastry” baking day at your house, when the weather cools down– – I am SO there……one look at these delicious dishes and my Summer dieting resolve is totally out the window!!! The Ganja chicken and eggs looks like such a delicious version of crustless quiche or fritata…..can’t wait to make it along with homemade Naan…..that with a salad and easy Summer dinner for the fam is virtually a guaranteed success! Thanks again Cathy we can always count on you!
Thank you so much Julie. You are so invited here for Layered Almond Pastry making day. 🙂 Great idea to serve this dish with salad and bread.
Sue @ It's Okay to Eat the Cupcake
What a great review, Cathy! I love this dish too – it’s so easy and flavorful, perfect for brunch, lunch and dinner!
Thanks Sue, you are correct, it is perfect for all meals.
You’re right this is simple and innovative. I will definitely try this one. GREG
I would love to know your creative spin on this recipe Greg!
O that looks wonderful. Love the sound of that cookbook Cathy. And those almond pastries…. Can’t wait for you to try them!
Thanks Simone. The cookbook is exotically intoxicating.
The Ganja Chicken and eggs is a must try for me!!! I am an egg lover… and can’t wait for breakfast every morning!!! It is my favorite meal of the day! I will definitely make this recipe my own… a little cheese on top… and my new favorite dinner!!! Thanks so much Cath!!!
Cheri this recipe has your name all over it. Enjoy!