Monday, August 25, 2014

Istrian Chicken "Žgvacet" (Stew)

Žgvacet comes from the northwest part of Croatia, a peninsula called Istria, that is next to the Adriatic coast. It is a type of stew similar to goulash, and can be served with pasta, gnocchi or homemade "fuzi" (type of homemade pasta).  It is very simple to make, and is very tasty.  I found this recipe in a recipe book when visiting my family in Croatia.  This is how the recipe goes:


  • 1 package of boneless chicken breasts or chicken tenders, cut into bite-size pieces (cubed)
  • 3 tablespoons of oil (I prefer grapeseed oil)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup of tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of flour
  • 1/2 cup of red wine
  • chopped fresh basil (or dry basil) to taste
  • Vegeta to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Heat up oil and saute onion until fragrant
  • Add cubed chicken breast and garlic and saute for a few minutes
  • Add flour and mix well
  • Add wine, tomato sauce, basil, Vegeta, salt and pepper and mix well
  • Cook until the meat is done (about 30-40 minutes)
  • Serve with gnocchi, pasta or homemade "fuzi"

Prijatno!  Enjoy! :)

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