(Fesenjan)-Pomegranate Walnut Chicken Braise

(Fesenjan)-Pomegranate Walnut Chicken Braise
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Total Time: 60
  • Servings: 2

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About this Recipe

Treat yourself to delicious slow cooked chicken simmered in Pomegranate juice with toasted walnuts and saffron.This is great as leftovers as well.


4 Maple Leaf Prime Naturally® Chicken Drumsticks or Thighs
.25 cup (60 mL) Lime juice
1 tbsp (15 mL) Vegetable oil
1 Onion, sliced
2 cups (500 mL) Ground toasted walnuts
.5 tsp (2 mL) Cardamom
.5 tsp (2 mL) Cinnamon
.5 tsp (2 mL) Saffron, steeped in 1 tbsp (15 mL) hot water
4 cups (1 L) Pomegranate juice
(125 mL) Pomegranate seeds
Chopped fresh parsley


SCORE the chicken in several places using a sharp knife. Place chicken in a shallow pan and pour lime juice over top. Massage the lime juice into the chicken. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or overnight.

HEAT oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and brown for 2-3 minutes on each side. Add onion and cook 10-15 minutes or until golden. Sprinkle nuts over the chicken along with the spices. Pour in pomegranate juice and stir to combine. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 35-40 minutes or until the chicken starts to pull off the bone and the internal temperature has reached a minimum of 185°F (85°C).

SPRINKLE with pomegranate seeds and chopped parsley before serving.


Substitute pomegranate juice with 5 tbsp (75 mL) pomegranate syrup diluted in 4 cups (1 L) water.

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