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One-Pot Greengage Recipe (Turkish - Erik Tavası)

This erik (greengage) recipe uses chicken rather than beef. The combination of sour erik & sweet honey works perfectly...
Course Main
Cuisine Turkish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 128kcal
Author Turkey's For Life


  • 500 g greengage yeşil erik
  • 1 chicken breast cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 1 medium onion peeled & finely chopped
  • 1 head of garlic cloves separated & peeled
  • 1 dessert spoon tomato puree
  • 1 dessert spoon honey
  • 1 dessert spoon olive oil
  • 1 tsp allspice crushed
  • 300 ml hot water


  • Add the olive oil to a frying pan and heat gently before adding your onion.
  • Gently sauté the onion until it starts to sweat.
  • Now add your chicken and sauté until cooked.
  • Add your honey and stir into the juices before adding your salça (tomato puree).
  • Give the mixture a good stir so that the salça has coated your chicken and onion.
  • Now add the hot water and allspice and stir until you have a sauce.
  • Add your whole garlic cloves and simmer for 10 mins.
  • Now add your erik (greengage) and simmer for another 10 mins.
  • Meanwhile, pre heat your oven to 220 degrees celsius.
  • Add your erik tavası to a shallow ovenproof dish so that your greengages are peeping out of the sauce.
  • Place in the top of the oven for 4-5 minutes until your erik brown slightly.


  • As with all of our recipes, the calorie count is a guideline. It depends how much or how little you use of each ingredient.
  • Some erik tavası recipes don't use any sweetening ingredients so you can leave out the sugar or honey if you like.
  • You want your erik (greengage) to remain whole so keep an eye on them as they are simmering.
  • We finished our erik tavası off in the oven but this is optional. You can serve it straight from the pan if you wish.
  • Feel free to add more hot water to your erik tavası if you want a thinner sauce.