• Persian Chicken with Saffron and Cardamom is an exquisite and aromatic dish that showcases the rich flavours of Persian cuisine. This delightful recipe combines tender chicken pieces, infused with the warm and earthy essence of saffron and the sweet, citrusy notes of cardamom. The combination creates a dish that is both visually stunning and intensely flavourful. We have included black cumin in this Persian chicken recipe. If you can’t find any, just use normal cumin. Black cumin is smoky, though, and really does enhance this dish, so if you happen to come across it, snap it up.

    Persian chicken with saffron and cardamom

    Serves: 4


    • 4 – 6 tbsp ghee or vegetable oil
    • 4 large onions, finely sliced
    • 1,7kg chicken, skinned and jointed into eight
    • 6 – 8 garlic cloves, crushed
    • 1 tbsp grated root ginger
    • 1 tsp chilli powder
    • ½ tsp ground black cumin
    • 1½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
    • 250ml yoghurt
    • 120ml single cream
    • salt
    • seeds from 12 – 15 green cardamom pods, ground
    • 1 tsp saffron threads
    • juice of ½ lime
    • 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
    • 1 tbsp toasted flaked almonds



    Heat the ghee or oil in a wide, heavybased pan and fry the onions until they turn a deep golden brown. Remove the onion with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper. When cool, blend them coarsely in a food processor. Set aside.


    Fry the chicken pieces in the same fat over a medium-high heat to seal in the juices. Reduce the heat slightly and add the garlic and ginger. Fry for a minute, then add the chilli powder, black cumin and pepper, and sauté well. Lightly whisk the yoghurt, cream and salt with half the ground cardamom and pour over the chicken. Cover and simmer on a low heat for 20 – 25 minutes, until the chicken is tender.


    In the meantime, lightly toast the saffron threads over a low heat, then crumble them over the blended fried onions along with the remaining cardamom. Stir the mixture into the chicken and simmer for a further minute or so. Finish off with the lime juice, coriander and almonds.

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