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Chicken satsivi
CourseSauce, appetizer
Place of originGeorgia
Main ingredientsWalnuts

Satsivi (Georgian: საცივი, sac'ivi, lit. 'cold dish'; also known as chicken in walnut sauce) is a Georgian dish made from poultry such as turkey or chicken put into walnut sauce. The term satsivi is also used as a generic name for a variety of poultry made with the walnut sauce.[1]


Walnut sauce
Sterlet with Bazhe

Bazhe (Georgian: ბაჟე, baže) is the most versatile of Georgian walnut sauce more runny than satsivi sauce and often used for boiled or fried fish such as trout, made with either red wine vinegar or pomegranate juice. As is typical of the Georgian palate, this sauce is slightly tart, as sweeteners are not usually used by Georgians in their cooking.[2]


Satsivi (Georgian: საცივი) is a Georgian dish made with walnut sauce and served cold, either as a dipping sauce for boiled or fried turkey or chicken. Traditionally, satsivi is made of walnuts, water, garlic, a combination of dried herbs, vinegar, cayenne pepper, and salt to taste.[1] In this way, satsivi in the Caucasus is similar to the nut and/or legume-based paste sauces to the south, such as the hummus (which often contains garlic, lemon juice as a souring agent, and tahini, or sesame butter/paste) varieties found in Syrian, Lebanese, or generically Levantine cuisine.

Boiled turkey or chicken pieces submerged in satsivi is a staple of winter holiday feasts. The dish as a whole is usually also referred to as satsivi. There are also vegetarian varieties of this dish made with eggplants or cauliflower.[3][4]

A similar dish of boiled chicken with walnut paste is known as Circassian chicken in Turkish, Levantine, and Egyptian cuisine, as well as "Aquz" in the Mazandarani cuisine of Northern Iran.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Satsivi. Georgian Recipes by Georgia About. 2014
  2. ^ Bazhe sauce. Georgian Recipes by Georgia About. 2013
  3. ^ Eggplant satsivi. Georgian Recipes by Georgia About. 2013
  4. ^ Cauliflower satsivi. Georgian Recipes by Georgia About. 2013