Tavuk göğsü (Turkish: tavukgöğsü, [taˈvukɟœːˈsy], "chicken breast") is a Turkish milk pudding made with shredded chicken breast. It became one of the most famous delicacies served to the Ottoman sultans in the Topkapı Palace. It is today considered a signature dish of Turkey.
|Alternative names||Tavuk göğsü|
|Place of origin||Turkey|
|Main ingredients||Chicken, milk, sugar, rice flour|
The traditional version uses white chicken breast meat, preferably freshly slaughtered capon. The meat is softened by boiling and separated into very fine fibers or rillettes. Modern recipes often pound the meat into a fine powder instead. The meat is mixed with milk, sugar, cracked rice and/or 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).
- Basan, Ghillie (1997-04-15). Classic Turkish Cooking. Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-312-15617-6.
- 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."
- 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."
- Basan, Ghillie (2005). The Middle Eastern Kitchen. Hippocrene Books. ISBN 978-078-181-1.
- Günur, M.Işın-E (1990). Turkish Cookery. Istanbul: Net Turistik Yayınlar. ISBN 975-479-100-7.
- Humes, Michele (20 Aug 2009). "When Meat Becomes Dessert". The Atlantic.
- Coe, Sophie Dobzhansky (1994). America's first cuisines. University of Texas Press. ISBN 978-0-292-71159-4.
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