Fesenjan (Persian Chicken + Walnut + Pomegranate Stew) Recipe

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Submitted by ksylvan

Makes 8 servings



Deliciously fragrant chicken stew, made in a rich walnut and pomegranate sauce. Based on http://tinyurl.com/2jzh4u from RecipeZaar.

Recipe Ingredients for Fesenjan (Persian chicken + walnut + pomegranate stew)

1/4 cup olive oil
2 small onions, sliced thin
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 1/2 cups walnuts, finely ground
8 ounce pomegranate syrup
2 1/2 cups water
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon salt
2 teaspoons pepper
1 1/4 teaspoons saffron
2 tsp lime juice
2 1/2 lbs chicken

Recipe Directions for Fesenjan (Persian chicken + walnut + pomegranate stew)

  1. Heat butter or oil over medium heat in a large Dutch oven.

  2. Add onions and sauté until wilted and translucent.

  3. Add garlic, cinnamon and nutmeg and sauté, stirring, for another 1-2 minutes.

  4. Stir in walnuts, pomegranate syrup, stock, sugar, salt, pepper and saffron.

  5. Adjust sugar and salt to taste.

  6. Bring to a low boil and simmer 1/2 hour.

  7. Add chicken and simmer on low heat another 30-60 minutes.

  8. Halfway through the cooking time, add the lime juice to taste.

  9. The sauce will thicken and darken during this cooking time, and the oil will begin to render out of the walnuts.

  10. Add water or stock if necessary to prevent the sauce from thickening too much and scorching.

  11. Serve with plain white rice.

  12. NOTES: Fesenjan is special occasion food in Iran. It is traditionally made with duck or pheasant in the north of the country along the Caspian sea. It is a thick, rich, sweet-sour dish that improves in flavor the next day. Pomegranate syrup is available in most Middle Eastern and health food stores. If it is unavailable, you can use an equal amount of frozen, concentrated cranberry juice. The flavor is roughly the same.

  13. You can use a whole bone-in chicken if you like. Cut it into 8 serving pieces and remove most of the skin. The bones will give the dish a richer flavor.

Categories

Chicken, First Course, Main Dish, Middle Eastern, Bake

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 316.1g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
557
Calories from Fat
307
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
34.1g
52%
Saturated Fat
3.4g
17%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
109mg
36%
Sodium
967mg
40%
Potassium
562mg
16%
Total Carbohydrates
14.3g
5%
Dietary Fiber
3.1g
12%
Sugars
8.6g
Protein
50.9g
Vitamin A 1% Vitamin C 5%
Calcium 5% Iron 16%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
B-
  Good points
  • High in niacin
  • High in selenium
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