Persian Saffron Chicken ( Recipes Wasaafat )

 Persian Saffron Chicken

  To make this meal simpler and cheaper, you can definitely leave out the saffron and barberries, but get them if you can!

Chicken Ingredients:

  1. A few tablespoons vegetable oil 
  2. 6 pieces of bone in chicken (I use drumsticks or thighs)
  3. 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  4. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  5. 1 3/4 teaspoon turmeric
  6. 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  7. 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  8. 1/4 teaspoon cardamom 
  9. 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  10. 1/4 teaspoon coriander
  11. 1/8 teaspoon chili powder
  12. 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  13. 2 1/2 cups chicken stock (water will work too if you are using bone-in chicken)
  14. 1/2 of the saffron water (see below)
  15. salt and pepper to taste
Persian Saffron Chicken
Persian Saffron Chicken

Saffron Water:

  1. 1/4 teaspoon of saffron (you can buy it here), ground with a pestle and mortar 
  2. 1 ice cube
  3. Sprinkle the saffron in a small dish over the ice cube and allow the ice cube to melt. Set aside.

Rice Ingredients:

  1. 1 1/2 cups basamati rice (dry)
  2. Half of the reserved saffron water
  3. 1/3 cup dried barberries 
  4. 1 teaspoon butter
  5. 1/4 teaspoon sugar

Shirazi Salad Ingredients:

  1. 1 cucumber
  2. 2 tomatoes
  3. 1/2 of a red onion
  4. The juice of one lemon
  5. 1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped or 1 teaspoon dried
  6. Salt and pepper to taste

Chicken Directions:

  • Heat the oil over medium high in a large pot. Combine the spices and sprinkle a little on the chicken. Saute the chicken and onion in the oil until browned.  Add the garlic and continue cooking for about 30 seconds. Add the remaining spices, tomato paste, half of the saffron water (reserve half for the rice!) and chicken stock or water. Simmer until chicken becomes very tender and sauce thickens and reduces. If the chicken gets done before the sauce is thick and reduced, then remove the chicken from the pot and continue simmering until the sauce is done. 


Rice Directions:

  1. Cook the rice according to the package directions. 
  2. In a small pan, heat the butter over medium and add the barberries and sugar. Cook and stir for about 30 seconds. 
  3. Pour the rice into a serving bowl. In a separate bowl, combine 1/2 cup of the cooked rice with the barberries and reserved saffron water. Spread the saffron rice over the top of the rest of the rice. 

Shirazi Salad Directions:

  1. Dice the vegetables and toss with the mint and lemon juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper and chill until ready to serve. 

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