Persian Chicken Stew

I love pomegranates particularly because they are seasonal so I can only find them in the autumn. Whenever I see a pomegranate I’m inspired to cook this dish. In Devon I would cook it with pheasant which is the traditional Persian recipe but chicken works out pretty good.


Pomegranate molasses has an amazing sweet/sour/tanginess but is often difficult to find. When I can’t get it I use a good Seville marmalade instead which has something like the sour flavour but is much sweeter so I skip the sugar and add a teaspoon of lemon juice. I mixed about three good tablespoons of marmalade with a dash of hot water to soften it and sieved it to remove the orange bits! Not as good but what to do, lah?


Persian Chicken Stew with Walnuts and Pomegranate


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 slugs of olive oil
  • 2 knobs of butter
  • 3 tbspn pomegranate molasses
  • 2 tbspn sugar
  • 1 cup walnut halves, toasted and finely ground
  • 8  chicken thighs (2 per person)
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 tspn turmeric
  • 1/4 tspn cinnamon
  • 1/4 tspn ground nutmeg
  • 2 tbspn pomegranate seeds
  • 1 tbspn chopped parsley


  1. Sprinkle the chicken pieces with salt and brown them in olive oil with a knob of butter.
  2. Remove the chicken from the pan, add a bit more oil and butter and sauté the onions.
  3. Return the chicken pieces to the pan and add the chicken stock. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer gently for 30 minutes.
  4. Stir in the pomegranate molasses and sugar (or marmalade and lemon juice!), ground walnuts and spices and a grind of black pepper. Cover and cook on very low heat for 45 mins. Stir the pot every so often to prevent the walnuts from sticking.
  5. Remove from heat, adjust the seasoning and add a little more water if the sauce is too thick.
  6. Garnish with pomegranate seeds and chopped parsley.
  1. Sylvia Stewart’s avatar

    Oh yum, and I love the slugs and knobs measuring system!
    Love from sunny, oh well, rainy California.


    1. Suzy’s avatar

      Thanks girlie! Get the pomegranate molasses it really makes a difference!
      If you like it please would you share it on ur facebook page? I’m trying to improve my visitor numbers.

      Love to ya both S x x x



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