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Gluten-Free Poultry

Persian Chicken Stew (Fesenjan)

I am in one of those phases where I just want to cook the same thing over and over again. It’s not due to a lack of imagination, but rather an addiction to some seriously delicious meals that have come out of my little kitchen recently.

One of them, in particular, is this incredible Persian Chicken Stew, also known as Fesenjan.

Persian Chicken Stew (Fesenjan) Recipe

In this stew chicken is slow cooked in a mixture of ground walnuts, my beloved pomegranate molasses, and an assortment of spices. While this meal does take a little bit more time than I typically like to spend on a weeknight meal, it’s worth it. This warm meal is incredibly comforting on a cold evening, but unlike plenty of “comfort foods,” this Persian Chicken Stew is very healthy.

Persian Chicken Stew (Fesenjan) Recipe

Feel free to increase this recipe if you’re serving more people or want leftovers – the stew reheats very well the next day! I serve this Fesenjen with rice and a side of vegetables, like my Spiced Roasted Carrots (a perfect pairing, in my opinion!). Next time, I am going to try to adapt this recipe for the slow cooker, first browning the chicken and sautéing the onions in pan, and then putting the rest of the ingredients in the slow-cooker to simmer all day.

Persian Chicken Stew (Fesenjan) Recipe

I hope your family loves this meal as much as we do!

 

Persian Chicken Stew (Fesenjan) Recipe
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 cup walnut halves
  • 2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken thighs or breasts, trimmed of excess fat, cut into 1.5 inch pieces
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped (1.5 cups)
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 3 Tablespoons pomegranate molasses (Make your own here)
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup pomegranate arils, optional for serving
Instructions
  1. Heat a large pan over medium heat. Once hot, add the walnut halves and toast, stirring reguarly for about 8 minutes. Be very careful not to let the walnuts burn. Once lightly browned, remove the walnuts from the pan and place on a plate to cool. Once cool, place in a food processor or blender and grind the walnuts until finely ground (like sand).
  2. Return the pan to medium heat and add 1 Tablespoon of the extra-virgin olive oil. Once hot, add the chicken pieces and brown on all sides. Sprinkle the chicken with salt while it is cooking. Once browned (but NOT cooked through), remove the chicken to a plate.
  3. Add the remaining olive oil to the pan, and then add the onions. Cook until translucent, 8-10 minutes. Stir occasionally to remove the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Return the chicken to the pan and add the chicken stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce and simmer on very low heat for 15 minutes, covered.
  4. Stir in the ground walnuts, pomegranate molasses, sugar, and spices. Cover again and cook on very low heat for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and adjust sugar/salt to taste.
  5. Serve with rice and sprinkle with fresh pomegranate arils.
 

Gluten-Free Tips and Tricks Vegan

Homemade Pomegranate Molasses

As promised,  today I’m sharing a very simple recipe for homemade pomegranate molasses. Some of you have reached out asking where to buy bottled pomegranate molasses, and admittedly, not all grocery stores carry it – not even all Whole Foods.

Homemade Pomegranate Molasses Recipe

Recently my go-to Whole Foods was out of it, so I considered making my own but assumed the process would be a hassle. After a quick internet search, I discovered making homemade pomegranate molasses was so easy! The only ingredients required are pomegranate juice, granulated sugar and fresh lemon juice, and luckily I had all three in my fridge and pantry at the time.

Homemade Pomegranate Molasses Recipe

Now for those of you who have seen pomegranate molasses listed as an ingredient in some of my recipes, such as Muhammara and this Pomegranate Molasses Dressing, and thought it was silly to buy a bottle (or make your own!) for just one recipe – you’re wrong! Pomegranate Molasses is so versatile. I use it in sauces for poultry dishes, dips, salad dressing, and so much more. The flavor is so unique, adding a sweet and tangy component to any dish.

Homemade Pomegranate Molasses Recipe

If you follow this recipe, your homemade pomegranate molasses will stay in the fridge for at least 6 months. I made this batch less than three weeks ago and I am almost out already. Yes, it’s THAT good!

 

Homemade Pomegranate Molasses
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups pomegranate juice
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Place the pomegranate juice, sugar and lemon juice in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook until the sugar has completely dissolved, stirring occasionally.
  2. Once the sugar has dissolved, reduce the heat to low and cook until the mixture has reduced to ½ cup, 40-45 minutes. It should be the consistency of thick syrup.
  3. Remove the molasses from the heat and allow to cool in the saucepan for 20 minutes. Transfer to a glass jar and allow to cool completely before covering and storing in the refrigerator.
 

Salads Vegetarian Meals

Kale Salad with Pomegranate Molasses Dressing

I bet many of you have jumped on the healthy new year bandwagon, so I’m bringing you a delicious AND nutritious kale salad recipe today.

This salad has everything you need – a great balance of flavors, varying textures, and jam-packed flavor in every bite. You can serve it as an appetizer or feel free to add a piece of protein, such as grilled chicken, and make it a meal of its own.

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Pomegranates are SUPER healthy – they’re packed with antioxidants, which help to protect you from heart disease and cancer. I’ll admit, peeling pomegranates is not my favorite activity, but it’s worth it for the delicious sweet crunch you get from each tiny aril. (Don’t be stupid and wear a white shirt while peeling them like I did – you’ll get the juice everywhere!) I know you can buy the arils on their own, but I find that the price tends to be astronomical, so I usually opt to peel the pomegranate myself.

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Pomegranate molasses is something I’ve had in my pantry for years and I’ve talked about it a bunch on the blog. I use it in my Muhammara as well as various chicken recipes. It adds a sweet and tangy punch to whatever you’re making. When adding it to a salad dressing, it adds a more complex acidity than you get from lemon juice or vinegar.

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You can find pomegranate molasses in Middle Eastern supermarkets and I know Whole Foods carries it as well. It’s also incredibly easy to make at home and I show you how in this post.

 

Kale Salad with Pomegranate Molasses Dressing
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
Pomegranate Molasses Dressing
  • 1.5 Tablespoons pomegranate molasses
  • 1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • ½ Tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • ⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper
Salad
  • 6 cups kale, tough ribs removed
  • ⅓ cup pomegranate arils
  • ¼ cup roasted, unsalted pistachios (shelled)
  • ¼ cup shaved parmesan
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the pomegranate molasses, red wine vinegar, dijon, and honey. Slowly drizzle in the extra-virgin olive oil to emulsify. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  2. In a large bowl combine the kale, pomegranate arils, pistachios, and parmesan. Toss with about ¼ cup of dressing, or to taste. Season lightly with salt and pepper. The dressed salad will keep for about 24 hours.
 

 

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