Recipe: Chicken Satsivi Soup

Expedition chef Kieran Creevy is renowned for his gourmet wilderness meals, which are inspired by local landscapes and cultures. This warming chicken soup was created while winter camping in the mountains of the Georgian Caucasus

17th April 2020 | Words by Matt Jones @ WildBounds HQ

Recipe: Chicken Satsivi Soup
Recipes: Kieran Creevy | Photography: Lisa Paarvio

About The Expert

Kieran Creevy is an expedition and private chef and International Mountain Leader. With more than 20 years’ experience in the field, he's done it all - from cooking a six-course tasting dinner with matched wines in a basecamp tent, to preparing homemade pumpkin and sage gnocchi with wild boar râgu in a snowhole camp in the Italian Alps.

Chicken Satsivi soup - winter camp version

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • Cooked meat from thighs and one breast of chicken
  • (Slow cook in the oven and when cold pull the meat apart with forks or your hands)
  • 1 cup walnuts, smashed to fine chunks/powder
  • 1 cup coriander leaf
  • 1 cup parsley leaf
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 glass white wine
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2-3 cups water (depending on how thick you like your soup).
  • 1 chicken stock cube, crumbled.
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp hot paprika
  • 1 tsp dried tarragon.
  • 50 g butter (wrapped)
  • Sea salt


  1. Camping stove and pot
  2. Bamboo chopping board
  3. Knife
  4. Airtight container
  5. Insulated bottle.
  6. Insulated coffee mug with airtight lid
  7. Wooden spoons
  8. Insulated bowl/mug - to serve


  • Put the pulled chicken into an airtight container, and chill in the fridge overnight.
  • Use this to transport to camp.
  • Mix the wine and sour cream together and transport in a leakproof coffee mug.
  • Fill your bottle with water.
  • Place the spices, stock cube and walnuts in a small reusable container.
  • Place the herbs, onion and garlic and butter in another reusable container.
  • Hike to your chosen lunch spot, or overnight camp.

  • In camp, finely chop the herbs, garlic and onion.
  • Heat the pot, add butter and foam gently.
  • Add the onion, garlic, herbs and spice/walnut mix; cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add the wine, sour cream and water, bring to a simmer.
  • Add the shredded chicken and cook for 15 minutes minimum.
  • (If you have the time and fuel, cook for longer as the flavours will intensify)
  • Taste and season if needed.
  • Serve in the insulated bowls/mugs.
  • Dig in!

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