Tavuk göğsü

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Tavuk Göğsü Dessert
Alternative namesTavuk göğsü
Place of originTurkey
Main ingredientsChicken, milk, sugar, rice flour

Tavuk göğsü (Turkish: tavukgöğsü, [taˈvukɟœːˈsy], "chicken breast") is a Turkish milk pudding made with shredded chicken breast.[1] It was a delicacy served to Ottoman sultans in the Topkapı Palace. It is today considered a signature dish of Turkey.[dubious ]

The traditional version uses white chicken breast meat. The meat is softened by boiling and separated into very fine fibers or pounded until smooth. The meat is mixed with milk, sugar, cracked rice and other thickeners, and often some sort of flavoring such as cinnamon. The result is a thick pudding often shaped for presentation.

The dish is very similar to the medieval "white dish" (blancmange) that was common in the upper-class cuisine of Europe, and mentioned in The Canterbury Tales (though blancmange has since evolved into very different forms in modern Europe and Latin America).[2][3]

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  1. ^ Basan, Ghillie (1997-04-15). Classic Turkish Cooking. Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-312-15617-6.
  2. ^ Coe (1994), pg. 231; "Before his arrival in Mexico City he was entertained with ... some manjar blanco [blanc manger] ... a dish served in Turkey today as a dessert and called tavuk gögsü."
  3. ^ Humes (2009); "In the fourteenth century, Western Europe couldn't get enough of tavuk göğsü. Known in England as blanc-manger, or 'white dish', the pallid chicken pudding appears in English, Italian, and German cookbooks of the period."