Zereshk Polo Morgh – Persian Barberry Rice with Chicken

A plate of steaming hot Persian rice with juicy pieces of chicken, garnished with bright red barberries and sprinkled with herbs. the perfect zereshk polo morgh
Prep Time: 15 min Cook Time: 1 hour Rest Time: 5 min Total Time: 1 hr 20 mins
Servings 4
Best Season Suitable throughout the year
  • 8 Drumsticks and thighs
  • 3 Medium Golden Onions
  • 4 tablespoons Oli of choice
  • 1 tablespoon Double concentrate tomato Puree
  • 1 Bell Pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon Saffron to bloom as per instructions
  • Rice to serve
  • Garnishing
  • 80 grams Salted Butter
  • 1/4 cup Almond Flakes
  • 1/4 cup Pistachio Flakes
  • 1 cup Dried Barberies
    To make the Chicken
  1. In a large deep pan, sear the chicken until it turns golden brown. Remove it from the pan and set aside.

  2. In the same pan, sauté the finely chopped onions and peppers for 6 minutes on medium heat. Add all spices (salt, pepper, turmeric, and aleppo pepper).

  3. Add the tomato paste to the mixture and sauté for 2 minutes until well combined and a paste forms, add the chicken and mix to ensure chicken is fully coated in the pan. 

  4. Add the Water to the pan, lower the heat and allow to simmer and cook thoroughly for 45 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked through. 

  5. Cook the saffron rice and set aside ready to assemble. 

  6. To make the Garnishing
  7. Prep the garnishing by soaking the barberries for 5 minutes in warm water.

  8. Rinse and drain then sauté in a pan with butter on low hear along with the pistachio and almond flakes. This should be done with you can see the slightest sizzle.

  9. Remove from the heat and garnish your dish! Enjoy :)

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I'm Nelly, the recipes I share here are inspired by the people, cultures and places beloved to me. Peanutswirls represents my love for food, cooking and hosting. I hope to share with you a taste of the Middle East influnced by my upbringing in the West.

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