A quick & easy take on a flavourful dish that can be prepared on the spot, no real preparation is needed for this. It’s hands down one of my most used go-to dishes. Once you’ve tried it, you’ll see why!
I came across this recipe some years back when I was a clueless cook looking for a Persian Food FiX! If you follow me, you’ll know I love food from all over & one of my favourite cuisines is Persian food, because it is simply delicious & healthy without compromising on flavour! I’m not going to faff about, just give you the recipe! So here’s my #bishbashbosh (quick & easy) version of Saffron Chicken!
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Persian Saffron Chicken With Parsley & Lemon
A healthy low-carb, Keto, gluten-free recipe, using traditional saffron for a delicious crowd pleasing dish.
- 2 Boneless skinless chicken breasts or legs & thighs WITH skin on
- 1 Large or 2 small onions chopped
- 1 Tbsp Olive oil
- 1/4 Tsp Salt
- 1 Tsp Pepper
- 1 Tsp. Butter or more if you prefer
- Pinch Saffron about 1/4 tsp. or less
- 1 Tsp Turmeric
- 1 & 1/2 Jugs of chicken stock I use a Pyrex (See Below)
- 1/2 Fresh lemon juiced
- 1/4 cup Finely chopped fresh parsley
Wash & allow chicken to dry off, if using chicken breast cube, or slice into lengths as you like.
Chop the onions & parsley
Heat the olive oil and butter, then brown the chicken quickly over medium heat until golden brown in colour.
Sprinkle the turmeric, salt & pepper
Brown gently as the chicken does not need to be cooked through yet
Once chicken begins to brown, add onion & brown over very low heat until edges of onion pieces are turning golden, Heat chicken stock, add saffron and stir to dissolve & squeeze the lemon juice into the stock, or squeeze directly onto the chicken, then pour the stock over chicken and onions. sprinkle parsley & simmer on very low heat with pan covered 45-50 minutes.
Add more lemon juice if desired, and a tiny bit of additional water/stock if needed, and simmer until chicken is juicy & tender. Serve hot, over rice.
You can use leg/thighs or breast of chicken, but we much prefer the legs & thighs as breast can dry out too quickly.
I use a Pyrex Jug to measure out my liquid I find this much easier to keep track.
As I said before, this is my Go-To meal, Don’t know what to cook? Saffron chicken! Got unexpected guests? Saffron chicken!
This makes the house smell lovely, it’s a crowd pleasing dish & a favorite with the kids! The simplest thing to make, hands down will stay in your weekly repertoire for years to come! Enjoy!
What is your Go-To meal in your home? Would you add this recipe to the list? What would you accompany it with? Let me know in the comments below & don’t forget to share!!