Chicken and Pomegranate Stew

    2 hours 45 minutes

    Pomegranate and Chicken Stew, 'Khoresh Fesenjan', is a dish in Persian cuisine. Chicken, onions, finely processed walnuts and pomegranate juice are simmered to perfection. Serve with saffron steamed basmati rice. Enjoy!

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    Serves: 6 

    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 750g chicken legs, cut up
    • 1 white onion, thinly sliced
    • 250g walnuts, toasted and finely chopped in a food processor
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 4 cups (1 litre) pomegranate juice
    • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
    • 2 tablespoons sugar

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:2hours30min  ›  Ready in:2hours45min 

    1. Heat olive oil in a large frypan over medium heat. Place chicken and onions in frypan then cook 20 minutes; stirring occasionally.
    2. Mix in pureed walnuts, salt, pomegranate juice and cardamom. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low then cover and simmer for 1 1/2 hours; stirring occasionally. (If the sauce becomes too thick, stir in 1/4 cup warm water.)
    3. Mix in sugar, adjust seasoning and simmer 30 minutes more.

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    Personally, I thought this dish was a nice change from the ordinary. Let me tell you what I did differently... I replaced half of the pomegranate juice with chicken broth. I used boneless chicken breasts instead of the bone in chicken. My recommendation would be to take others advice and use the boneless chicken thighs. (The chicken was a little dry.) This stew deffinetly could use some brightening at the end. I garnished with some chopped parsley. It was still a little sweet for my taste though so I added a few sliced green olives. I have to say, it was delicious with the olives. It had the sweet/salty thing going on! I served with flatbread and rice trying to decided which would be better. The flat bread was the winner, in my opinion. All in all, I would make it again.  -  25 Feb 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I've tried several Fesenjan recipes on this site and THIS is the one I've been looking for. This is about as good as it gets, aside from it being cooked by a Persian mom (which by default will always be better). I don't really like chicken legs, but I used them anyways based on the reviews. SO good! I used really fresh walnuts, and I found that after a couple of hours of simmering a lot of oil went to the top. It was easy to blot the top of the stew before serving and that cut back on the grease factor somewhat. This isn't the most aesthetically pleasing dish, but it definitely makes up for its presentation in taste. I will definitely be making this one again! Thanks a lot for the recipe  -  14 Nov 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Really easy to make, and delicious. The total winner at a recent dinner party. Taking another reviewer's advice, I made double the portion but kept the pomegranate juice quantity the same, substituting water & vegeta seasoning (as I'd run out of stock). It was moist, tender and delicious. As someone mentioned previously, the appearance and aroma while it's cooking is unusual if you're not used to working with these ingredients. I was worried my guests might find it odd-looking, and I'm sure a few did, but they all loved it. I made it with some carrot & onion basmati rice, and some Syrian beans (from AllRecipes) and served it with some heated (and olive-oil brushed) Persian Barbari flatbread which I found in the neighborhood. Fantastic. I accidentally posted this review for the Persian Fesenjan recipe, but it belongs here. (woops)  -  09 Oct 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)