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Tziflonka Tobakah – flattened Russian chicken

Vika Gorstain - Babayov

Tziflonka Tobakah is a traditional Russian chicken dish – prepared with especially young chickens (Pullets - not spring chickens), is crisp, browned, caramelized and dangerously delicious - and best of all, very easy to prepare!
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  • 3 weighing 14 oz each Chicken Pullets
  • 6-7 Cloves Crushed Garlic
  • Per Taste Salt
  • Per Taste Ground Black Pepper
  • Butter or Margarine is also good! Olive Oil

Special Utensils:

  • Large Pan
  • A lid for the pan
  • Cans rocks, heavy iron Weights


  • Divide the Pullet into two halves (so that both halves will contain a wing and thigh)
  • Spread and rub the pullet generously with oil or butter and garlic and sprinkle with salt and pepper on both sides.
  • Pour 2-3 tablespoons of oil to the pan while still cold.
  • Place the pullets in the dish (stuffed up is ok) with the skin down.
  • Cover with a lid that must be smaller than the pan! and place the weights evenly over.
  • Place the pan on a very low flame for about 40 minutes. Do not touch or move, just peeking to make sure that nothing has burned. Chicken exudes flavors - and cooking over a low heat ensures great grilling.
  • Then open the lid and turn the Pullet very carefully to the other side.
  • Cover, place a weight and leave for 25-30 minutes more on the flame. If necessary - extend the cooking time in order to get a beautiful golden/orange color.
  • You will receive crisp chicken, browned, caramelized and of course super-delicious!
  • It’s ready!
  • In Russia, it is customary to serve the Tziflonka with small potatoes, fried with onions and mushrooms.

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