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Fesenjan (Persian Chicken and Pomegranate Stew)

July 30, 2014 Print this page

This may be one of the best chicken dishes I have ever made. Maybe I’m just a sucker for pomegranate and Persian spices, but seriously…YUM. I recommend serving with Persian Rice.

Ingredients

Prep Time 15 min
Cooking Time 2 hr
Total Time 2 hr 15 min
Yield 6-8 servings

2 cups of raw walnuts

2 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs, breasts, or a combination

1 tablespoon of ghee (or coconut oil)

Salt, to taste

1 tablespoon of olive oil

1 large onion, diced into small pieces

2 cups of chicken stock

2 tablespoons of unrefined cane sugar (or coconut sugar)

1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon of turmeric

1/2 teaspoon of cumin

A pinch of nutmeg

A pinch of cloves

Directions

Toast the raw walnuts in a skillet over medium heat until just on the verge of charring, about 5 to 6 minutes.

Transfer to a food processor and process until finely ground. Set aside for later.

Next, chop up the boneless, skinless chicken into bite-sized chunks.

Meanwhile, heat up the ghee in a large, deep pot over medium heat. When hot, add 1/4 of the chicken pieces and sprinkle generously with salt. Once slightly brown on that side (about 4 minutes), flip over and cook on the other side until it slightly browns (about 3 minutes). Remove the chicken pieces from the pot and place on a plate lined with paper towels, and repeat with the remaining chicken until you have none left.

Add the olive oil to the ghee/chicken fat and, when hot, pour in the diced onion. Saute until translucent and beginning to turn golden brown, about 6 to 8 minutes.

Return the cooked chicken pieces to the pan and pour in the chicken stock. Increase the heat slightly, bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 30 minutes.

Once the 30 minutes have elapsed, add in the unrefined cane sugar, pomegranate molasses, cinnamon, turmeric, cumin, nutmeg, cloves, and the walnuts you ground up earlier.

Re-cover and continue cooking on low heat until the chicken is tender, about 1 hour. Stir every 20 minutes or so to prevent the walnut pieces from sticking to the bottom.

Serve hot with some Persian Rice and either steamed or roasted carrots.


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Fesenjan (Persian Chicken, Pomegranate, and Walnut Stew)

July 26, 2014 Leave your thoughts Print this page

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This may be one of the best chicken dishes I have ever made. Maybe I’m just a sucker for pomegranate and Persian spices, but seriously…YUM.

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I fell in love with Fesenjan at Persepolis, a Persian restaurant in New York City that has AMAZING food despite its humble appearance. My best friend Natalie and I both absolutely adored this dish.

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To be honest, I was expecting something more when it arrived at the table. This was pomegranate chicken…why wasn’t it red? And I knew there were walnuts in there, but they seemed to be hiding beneath the surface of the broth.

When I took a bite, everything changed. This chicken rocked. It was sweet, but not cloyingly so, and the meat melted in my mouth as it faded into the background of cumin, cinnamon, and other spices. I was hooked, and I needed to try and make it at home. I simply couldn’t last very long without having this dish again.

I made it once for my parents and once for my good friend Chloe, and since everyone loved it both times, I decided to publish the recipe. I’m very logical, you see.

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(The edible flowers were a gift from Chloe. 🙂 )

If you are ready to have an incredibly flavorful, tender chicken dinner on your table this upcoming week, come along on a trip with me to an idealized version of Iran comprised only of food. AKA let’s get cooking, I’m already hungry thinking about this thing.

Recipe adapted from here.

First, toast 2 cups of raw walnuts in a skillet over medium heat until just on the verge of charring, about 5 to 6 minutes.

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Transfer to a food processor and process until finely ground. Set aside for later.

Next, chop up 2 lb of boneless, skinless chicken into bite-sized chunks. You can use thighs, breasts, or a combination of the two; we prefer dark meat at my house, so I used all thighs.

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I also suggest you shoo away your cat, or else you will not have any dinner at all. That would be sad.

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Meanwhile, heat up 1 tablespoon of ghee (or coconut oil, if you prefer) in a large, deep pot over medium heat. When hot, add 1/4 of the chicken pieces and sprinkle generously with salt. Once slightly brown on that side (about 4 minutes), flip over and cook on the other side until it slightly browns (about 3 minutes). Remove the chicken pieces from the pot and place on a plate lined with paper towels, and repeat with the remaining chicken until you have none left.

Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the ghee/chicken fat and, when hot, pour in 1 large onion, diced into small pieces. Saute until translucent and beginning to turn golden brown, about 6 to 8 minutes.

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Return the cooked chicken pieces to the pan and pour in 2 cups of chicken stock. Increase the heat slightly, bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 30 minutes.

Once the 30 minutes have elapsed, add in 2 tablespoons of unrefined cane sugar (or coconut sugar, if you prefer), 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon of pomegranate molasses, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric, 1/2 teaspoon of cumin, a pinch of nutmeg, a pinch of cloves, and the walnuts you ground up earlier.

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Re-cover and continue cooking on low heat until the chicken is tender, about 1 hour. Stir every 20 minutes or so to prevent the walnut pieces from sticking to the bottom.

Meanwhile, make this delicious orange-raisin rice to go on the bottom. Yum.

In a large skillet, heat up 1 tablespoon of ghee over medium heat. Once hot, add 1 cinnamon stick, 1 teaspoon of ground cardamom and a pinch of ground cloves. Once fragrant, about 3 minutes later, pour in 1 cup of long-grain basmati rice. Toast in the ghee and spices until slightly golden, about 5 minutes.

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To the toasted rice, add 1 3/4 cups of water or chicken stock and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low, add the zest of 1 orange (about 2 tablespoons), and cook until all of the water or stock is absorbed, about 15 to 20 minutes. When all of the liquid is gone, stir in 3 tablespoons of raisins, turn off the heat, and let sit for 10 minutes before fluffing with a fork or spoon.

To serve, put a scoop of rice on each plate and top with some chicken and sauce. May I suggest some roasted or steamed carrots to go on the side?

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Persian food is amazing. I hope you agree.

Have you had Persian food before? If so, what is your favorite dish? Leave me a comment here or on Facebook and let me know!


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Pomegranate Lamb Kebabs

October 27, 2013 Print this page

Sweet, salty, and just a little bit spicy, these kebabs (adapted from Aarti Sequeira’s recipe) transform ground lamb into a creative, delicious dinner. Tastes great with roasted carrots.

Ingredients

Prep Time 35 min
Cooking Time 10 min
Total Time 45 min
Yield 6 to 8 servings

2 small onions

4 cloves of garlic

A handful of basil leaves (can be substituted with cilantro or mint)

2 tablespoons of minced ginger

The zest and juice of 1 large lemon

2 pounds of ground lamb

A good pinch of salt

2 tablespoons of pomegranate molasses

1 teaspoon of baking soda

1 teaspoon of cumin

1 teaspoon of coriander

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

Wooden skewers or bamboo sticks

Olive oil, for greasing

Directions

In the bowl of a food processor, pulse together the onions, garlic, basil leaves,  minced ginger, and the lemon zest and juice until pasty, about 2 minutes.

Dump the onion mixture into a bowl and add the ground lamb, salt, pomegranate molasses, baking soda, ground cumin, coriander, and cinnamon.  Mix with your hands until sticky and well-combined, about 3 to 4 minutes.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and stick in the fridge to firm up for 30 minutes to an hour.

Meanwhile, soak some wooden skewers in cold water. This will help prevent them from burning on the grill or getting loose pieces in your meat.

When you take the lamb out of the fridge, turn on your grill or heat a large pan over medium-high heat.

The trickiest part of the recipe is threading the kebabs. If you’re not up for the challenge, roll and flatten the meat into pucks for burgers!

Before you get your hands all meaty, line a cutting board or plate with some tinfoil. Grease it well with olive oil to prevent the kebabs from sticking. Take a small handful of meat and roll it into a log. Then, stick a wooden skewer through the center and push the meat to the middle. Roll it between your hands and pinch a bit if necessary. It’ll get easier as you go. Repeat with the remaining lamb.

Carefully place the kebabs on the grill or in the pan and cook until charred and crispy, about 5 to 6 minutes. Flip over and lightly brush with a little bit of pomegranate molasses. Continue cooking for another 4 to 5 minutes, then transfer to a plate. If you’re making these in batches, cover the plate with tinfoil or place in a 200 degree oven to keep warm.

Serve with roasted carrots.


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Pomegranate Lamb Kebabs

May 31, 2013 Print this page

One fact about me? I don’t watch much T.V. Really.

For whatever reason, most shows don’t really catch my attention. Aside from the occasional episode of Phineas and Ferb and Scooby-Doo, most of what I watch consists of The Weather Channel in the morning and Food Network on weekends.

Every Saturday morning at 8:00, I cook myself up some eggs and tune into The Best Thing I Ever Made, which features several food stars’ favorite dishes. Sure, there are plenty of deep-fried grilled cheese sandwiches and 5-stick-of-butter cakes, but plenty of the recipes are very Paleo-friendly.

One day, I saw Aarti Sequeira make these lamb kebabs, and immediately, I knew I had to made them. They’re actually pretty easy to make…and oh man, are they delicious.

For the original recipe, click here.

In the bowl of a food processor, pulse together 2 small onions, 4 cloves of garlic, a handful of basil leaves, 2 tablespoons of minced ginger, and the zest and juice of 1 large lemon until pasty, about 2 minutes. Feel free to substitute a different herb for the basil, like cilantro or mint. 

It got pretty onion-y in the kitchen, so I put on my very attractive swim goggles to protect my peepers. 

Dump the onion mixture into a bowl and add 2 pounds of ground lamb, a good pinch of salt, 2 tablespoons of pomegranate molasses, and 1 teaspoon each of baking soda, ground cumin, coriander, and cinnamon.  Mix with your hands until sticky and well-combined, about 3 to 4 minutes.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and stick in the fridge to firm up for 30 minutes to an hour. 

Meanwhile, soak some wooden skewers in cold water. This will help prevent them from burning on the grill or getting loose pieces in your meat.  

When you take the lamb out of the fridge, turn on your grill or heat a large pan over medium-high heat. I would’ve liked to have cooked outside…but it was pouring rain. (Sigh.)

The trickiest part of the recipe is threading the kebabs. If you’re not up for the challenge, roll and flatten the meat into pucks for burgers!

Before you get your hands all meaty, line a cutting board or plate with some tinfoil. Grease it well with olive oil to prevent the kebabs from sticking.

Take a small handful of meat and roll it into a log. Then, stick a wooden skewer through the center and push the meat to the middle. Roll it between your hands and pinch a bit if necessary. It’ll get easier as you go. Repeat with the remaining lamb.

Carefully place the kebabs on the grill or in the pan and cook until charred and crispy, about 5 to 6 minutes. Flip over and lightly brush with a little bit of pomegranate molasses. Continue cooking for another 4 to 5 minutes, then transfer to a plate. If you’re making these in batches, cover the plate with tinfoil or place in a 200 degree oven to keep warm.

So tasty, and so much fun to eat!

What’s your favorite grilling dish? Leave me a comment on Facebook and let me know!


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