Monday 21 May 2012

Fesenjan - Persian Chicken in a Walnut & Pomegranate Sauce

Fesenjan - Persian Chicken in a Walnut & Pomegranate Sauce
One of the great dishes of Iran!  In an Iranian home if a guest is to be honoured they are cooked this dish.  I highly recommend this dish, it is delicious!

Serves 4
Prep time:   10 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour 45 minutes

4 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, peeled & finely sliced
½ tsp turmeric
450g/1 lb walnuts, ground & reserve a few whole for serving
900ml/1 ½ pint chicken stock
1 tsp salt
½ tsp ground pepper
4 chicken legs
3 tbsp pomegranate molasses
2 lemons, juice only
50g/2 oz sugar

To serve
Basmati rice, cooked as per packet instructions

1.  In a large frying pan heat 2 tbsp of oil and fry the onions and turmeric until soft and golden.  Remove with a slotted spoon and place in a large casserole.  Add the ground walnuts, chicken stock and seasoning.  Bring to the boil and then simmer for 20 minutes stirring occasionally.

2.  Heat the remaining oil in the frying pan and add the chicken, fry until browned all over.  Add to the casserole and make sure to cover with the sauce.  Cover the casserole and simmer for 1 hour stirring occasionally.  Skim any excess fat from the surface of the casserole.

3.  In a small bowl mix together the pomegranate molasses, lemon juice and sugar and add to the casserole, stir through and let simmer for another 20 minutes.  Season to taste, if needed.

4.  To serve, arrange the chicken on a bed of rice and pour over the delicious sauce, scatter over the remaining walnuts.  


  1. Sounds gorgeous, am yet to play with pomegranate molasses, so exotic!

  2. I adore the combination of chicken and walnuts, yummy :) this one sounds perfect for me!

  3. Will definitely try the Fesenjan, sounds delicious and simple. Thanks


  4. It looks very good
    even if I write about Italian recipes I like to experiment with new flavors.
    Thank you for quieted recipe

  5. Wow - this looks amazing! I have never tried cooking Iranian food, but I am going to try this one out, for sure. Thanks :-)