Persian chicken stew recipe with walnut and honey sauce

Impress your loved ones with a Persian chicken stew recipe.


Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 1 ½ hours

Serves: 4



220g walnut halves

25g Rachel’s unsalted butter

3 tbsp olive oil

1kg chicken breasts or thighs, trimmed of excess fat

2 large onions, sliced

5 tbsp pomegranate molasses

2 tbsp sugar

½ tsp ground turmeric

½ tsp ground cinnamon

½ tsp ground nutmeg

½ tsp ground black pepper

1 pint chicken stock

200g Rachel’s Greek Style Honey Yogurt

To Serve:

Fresh pomegranate seeds

Rice or couscous



1.First warm the walnuts in a pan on medium heat, stirring frequently until toasted. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Once cool enough to handle, pulse them in a food processor or blender until finely ground

2.In a large frying pan or casserole pan heat the butter with the oil. When the butter has melted and the oil is hot add the chicken pieces. Work in batches so as not to crowd the pan. Cook until golden and remove them from the pan

3.Add the onions and soften until translucent. Do not allow them to stick to the pan

4.Return the chicken to the pan with the onions and mix in the pomegranate molasses, sugar and spices. Pour over the chicken stock

5.Bring to the boil and then simmer gently for 1 hour, stirring occasionally

6.Add the ground walnuts and continue to cook for 30 minutes. Ensure you stir them well as this will prevent the walnuts sticking to the bottom of the pan. Add the Rachel’s Greek Style Honey Yogurt and allow this to warm through

7.Remove from the heat and season to taste

8.Garnish with pomegranate seeds and serve with either rice or couscous

So what do you think? Will you try this warming  chicken stew recipe with a tasty twist?



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1 Comment

  1. Rebecca Beesley February 13, 2017 / 2:20 pm

    This sounds like the persian dish ‘fesen joon’ – so fab to see it hear on your blog!!! My kids adored it when i first made it and that surprised me as it is quite strong flavours with the walnuts and pomegranate molasses. i love the addition of the yogurt – i don’t think the recipe i use has that. x
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