Shkmeruli Recipe – Georgian Chicken in Garlic Sauce (შქმერული)

One of my favorite things about Georgia is the remarkable diversity in regional cuisine. From Adjara’s dairy loaded dishes like sinori and Adjarian khachapuri to Samegrelo’s incredible use of spices in dishes like kharcho and kubdari – each region is full of its own unique culinary traditions. Racha, of course, is no exception. While the area is famous for its cured ham, Rachuli lori, and incredible bean dishes such as lobio lorit- there’s even more to the cuisine than that. Namely, shkmeruli. This deliciously creamy chicken dish comes from the teeny tiny village of Shkmeri sandwiched between the equally small villages of Usholta and Kharistvali. Like most Georgian dishes, this shkmeruli recipe is hearty, rich, and *loaded* with butter. In fact, butter, milk, chicken, and garlic are really all you need. So, modi!


  • 1 1 kg whole chicken

  • 4 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 tbsp black pepper

  • 1 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1 1/4 cup whole milk

  • 1/2 cup butter

  • 15 cloves garlic (trust me)


  • Wash and pat dry your chicken. Cut into 8 pieces - drumsticks, thighs, wings etc.

  • Season chicken with salt, pepper and two tablespoons of olive oil.

  • Add the remaining two tablespoons of oil to medium heat pan. Cook chicken in pan for