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Tziflonka Tobakah – flattened Russian chicken

Tziflonka Tobakah – flattened Russian chicken

By April 21, 2015

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!



  • 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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