Hi Susan, we’ve not tried it, but a reader named Sherry has. Spread the marinade around so all the chicken is evenly coated and let sit at least 30min and up to over night in the fridge. Whisk together olive oil, pomegranate molasses, pomegranate juice, honey, balsamic, lemon and garlic. Saute the chicken pieces in a dutch oven with 2 tablespoons oil for 5 minutes on medium high heat. Add the chicken and get a nice colour on all sides. Gently stir to … Giovanna. Do you think it could be made all at once in an instant pot pressure cooker. Love this recipe! No need of salt instead use more pomegranate paste and if you like it sweet add some sugar. Only one place makes fesenjan but the best closed down years ago. I did not need to thicken it, in fact I had to add more water towards the end of the cooking time because it was starting to dry out. One of the reviewers said to add flour to thicken. This is a family favorite. My pomegranate molasses never turned into molasses (I used the recipe on the site) but it still added the sweet and tangy taste to the chicken. Add the chicken pieces, place the lid on the pot and continue to cook over a low heat for 45 minutes, until the chicken is cooked and the sauce is a glossy, dark chocolate colour. I find it doesn’t need the full 30 min of simmering before adding the walnuts. We both grew up in Iran in the mid 1970s, and she, a farangie (foreigner in Farsi) from Europe, was experiencing Iran and Tajrish, a neighborhood of Tehran, much as I was. Pound chicken between sheets of waxed paper to 1/4-inch thickness. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. If it weren’t for the pomegranate seeds which add some colors, my husband wouldn’t even want to try it, but glad he did. She tells me what food adventures she is up to and what Persian food she is making, and I tell her about the next recipe on the blog, and share pictures. Lower the heat to medium low. Cortas is on the thicker and denser side and comes through quite tart and sharp, while Sadaf is a thick, clear syrup with less acidity and more sugar. Eeeeyyyyy jaan, fesenjaan, you have something to offer for every palate and dietary preference! Read more about our affiliate linking policy. When your walnut mix is cooked add in the pomegranate molasses and sugar and stir until it is fully incorporated. Hello, My husband is allergic to all tree nuts (so basically everything but peanuts). Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover and simmer gently for 30 minutes. Please do not use our photos without prior written permission. After 2 hours, the walnut sauce should have thickened and darkened in colour. It was perfect, deep brown colour and all. Please try again later. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. This was delicious and pretty simple to make! Cooked slowly with the chicken, the sauce is spectacular. What a beautiful and uplifting message to recieve. Finely chop walnuts with flour in processor. Although there are a couple of … I made the pomegranate molasses from scratch and it was easy. Pour marinade over chicken, either in a bowl, glass Tupperware, or resealable plastic bag. The original food has no spice except tumeric. 1 cup Pomegranate molasses (plus extra as needed) 4-5 pieces Chicken breast or skinless, boneless thigh; 2-3 cups Coldwater; 2 cups Walnut halves; 1 tsp of Turmeric; Salt and Pepper; 8-10 … Spread the walnuts on a baking tray and bake until fragrant and lightly toasted, about 8 minutes. Then added the liquid ingredients. Because of the eternal conflict within my family between white meat and dark meat lovers I sectioned a whole chicken into 8 pieces for the recipe and proceeded as printed. To be honest, it doesn’t look too appetizing. I was hesitant to try your recipe because you are obviously a Caucasian lady with a German sounding name. Pour 2 cups of chicken stock over the chicken and onions. Fesenjan is a dish that my mom would make since I was a child. Bring to boil and cook for 3-4 minutes.turn heat to simmer.Partially cover with lid and let cook for 2 hours ;stir occasionally to prevent walnuts from sticking. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. At this point the chicken should be fall apart tender. ! In a heavy bottomed panadd walnuts and cold water. When I make this without extra sugar, I can always add some at the end if it needs it. At the end of the cooking time the chicken was just about falling off the bone (a good thing) but the sauce wasn’t quite as thick as I thought it should be so I removed the chicken to a plate and reduced the sauce for about 7-8 minutes then returned the chicken to warm through. This post may contain links to Amazon or other partners; your purchases via these links can benefit Simply Recipes. Golnaz, thank you for your comment. How long would one keep in the fridge? Not much Iranian food around me. Pull up a chair! Chicken can be swapped out for duck or beef meatballs. Remove from heat and adjust sugar/salt to taste. Add the chicken … Add the ground walnuts to the pan with onions and stir over medium heat for a couple of minutes. We both grew up in Iran in the mid 1970s, and she, a farangie (foreigner in Farsi) from Europe, was experiencing Iran and Tajrish, a neighborhood of Tehran, much as I was. But not all pomegranate products are the same. I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs and I added a diced honeynut squash. The flavor will be different, as walnuts are a bit bitter and they help offset the sweetness of the pomegranate molasses…but hey, should allergies keep you from enjoying modified recipes–particularly as a way to explore the dishes of other cultures? The fesenjan is combination of walnut and pomegranate paste. It came out amazing. When using Sadaf I use about 1 cup and do not add any sugar. There aren’t many dishes that give you as much pleasure and joy of eating as fesenjoon! As an iranian , I don’t think your recipe is a Fesenjan. This is because items move much faster in the bulk department and are less likely to become old, stale and rancid. Fantastic! Hi Elise, At that price, I will certainly not be making my own pomegranate paste, as I’d rapidly need a second mortgage on our house! Stir in the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, walnuts and feta. I will definitely make this again and omit the sugar. Using walnuts in this Persian chicken stew. Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Make the pomegranate walnut sauce: With the oven rack at center position, preheat oven to 350 degrees. I am about to prepare this recipe and I would like to know whether Fesenjan can be frozen? Cover and cook on very low heat for 1 hour, stirring every 20 minutes or so to prevent the walnuts from sticking to the bottom of the pan. For the Fesenjan, I do not roast the walnuts, and cook ground nuts and pomegreanate juice or diluted paste for at least 3 hours on a low flame. You can make your own with pomegranate juice (see our recipe for pomegranate molasses), or look for it at Whole Foods or a store that carries Middle Eastern ingredients. It was very flavorful and tasty! Hi Lizzie, I haven’t tried freezing the Fesenjan but I don’t see why it wouldn’t freeze fine. I haven’t tried making this in a pressure cooker, but it might just work. Here is a stew made for fall! Recently, while traveling Asia, I met a lovely soul in Seoul with whom I discovered a shared, distant and somewhat forgotten history. In a large frying pan, saute the onions with the remainder 2 tablespoon oil for 10 minutes until lightly brown. As for the chicken, I am 100% for free range, organically and ethically raised and slaughtered chicken. Sprinkle the chicken with salt while they are cooking. So what to do, what to do? You can brown the chicken and the onions in the IP. All photos and content are copyright protected. When I was making it I was shocked at the amount of sugar and knew that it was too much, but when I make a new recipe for the first time I always follow the recipe.Other than that, this is a great recipe. Also I finely chopped my walnuts instead of blended them and really enjoyed the texture they added to the stew. That’s a great idea to make batches of the sauce ahead of time for freezing! It works very well. The dish starts with walnuts that are ground into a coarse powder and features lightly-browned chicken pieces that are patiently cooked to tenderness in a pomegranate sauce. Drizzle the dressing over the vegetables and toss to coat. Hello! Remove from the heat and allow to sit for 5 minutes before serving. 5 Add ground walnuts, pomegranate molasses, sugar, spices, cover and cook: Stir in the ground walnuts, pomegranate molasses, sugar, and spices. Great idea to use coconut sugar, Barton, thanks for sharing! I was craving Pomegranate chicken legs that I used to get at a Mediterranean restaurant about 25 years ago so I decided to google a recipe and came across this. It thickened it beautifully. We let this slow cook longer and very amazing. Then place in a food processor and pulse until finely ground. Anyway thank you so very much for making Persian food. Adjust by adding more sugar or lemon juice. If you’re short on time, add the ground walnuts & pom molasses a bit sooner, bc it does need the full hour of simmering after that point. Great idea to cook down the sauce further. There are other recipes for this on the web, with the same amount of sugar, but I found another on a Persian website with no sugar at all (except in the Pomegranate Molasses). My question is how long can I keep the sauce (without chicken) in the fridge? Kept it on warm until guests arrived!”. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Thank you! Please review the Comment Policy. I’m so glad you like the Fesenjan; it’s one of my favorite chicken dishes to make. I am allergic to walnuts could I replace them with macadamia nuts? When the butter has melted, pat the chicken pieces dry again and place the chicken pieces in the pan, working in batches if necessary to not crowd the pan, and cook until golden brown on all sides. I then added boiling stock, covered and waited until it started to simmer. Now imagine the chicken cooked in this sauce! Mega on point!!!! Slow cooker pomegranate chicken salad from Lydia of The Perfect Pantry. Absolutely delicious. I LOVE LOVE your food blog. •½ cup pomegranate molasses • 1 tbsp tomato purée • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon • 2 tbsp sugar • 2 tsp sea salt • 1 tsp black pepper •1 3/4 lb chicken thighs, on the bone •A handful of pomegranate seeds, to garnish. Sprinkle spinach on top of the potatoes; toss until wilted. The two brands that I am most familiar with and use frequently are Cortas and Sadaf. Garnish with pomegranate seeds. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Also, while this quintessentially Iranian fruit has made it onto the culinary scene here in the US and across the globe, it is on the expensive side: I appreciate that the pomegranate I purchased for this recipe was out of season, but I paid nearly $6 for just one. And substituted with butternut squash or mushrooms fesenjaan, you have something to offer for palate! 2 minutes gently for 30 minutes “ how authentic can this recipe pretty religiously dish I! 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