Khoresh Fesenjan Recipe with Chicken with Pomegranate Sauce

What is fesenjan made of?

Fesenjoon or khoresh fesenjan is one of the most popular Iranian foods. Fesenjoon stew is widely used in formal gatherings and parties and big occasions such as Nowruz and Yalda night. This stew recipe can be made with chicken and small meatballs and also with duck meat for formal parties.

In this article, we will discuss the recipe for Fesenjan stew with chicken, walnuts, and pomegranate concentrate.

This dish, along with ghormeh sabzi recipe and zereshk polo ba morgh, are the most Iranian dishes in Nowruz. This stew is served with Persian rice.

khoresht fesenjan is a very nutritious food because of the presence of walnuts in it. The combination of chicken, walnuts, and pomegranate concentrate together will provide you with a magical and pleasant taste.

An excellent taste between a little sourness and sweetness that you have never experienced before. Of course, whether this food is sweet or sour depends on your taste.

khoresh fesenjoon

You can change the taste of the food according to the taste of pomegranate concentrate,some of which have a sour taste and some have a semi-sour and sweet taste.

If you are a fan of the sweet taste of this stew and your pomegranate concentrate has a sour taste,you can add a little sugar to it to get your favorite flavor. Stay with us to discuss how this magical taste is created.

Now it’s time to go to the khoresh fesenjan recipe:

For: 4 people

Preparation: 20minute

Cook for: 240 minutes

Ingredients for khoresh fesenjan recipe:

Skinless chicken 2pounds
Ground walnut 10 ounces
Onion(Fried onions) 1
Pomegranate concentrate 1 cup
Suger 1/3 cup
Salt  ¼ tsp
Oil  3 tbs
Ground black pepper   ¼ tsp
Turmeric powder  1 tsp
Water                                      2 or 3cup

What is fesenjan made of? (khoresh fesenjan recipe)

How to cook khores fesenjan

Instruction for khoresh fesenjan:

1. peel the onion and then chop it thinly. Pour oil into a frying pan and wait until it gets hot

Then add sliced onions and fry them until the color of the onions is golden brown.

then add salt and turmeric powder to it.

sauteing chicken and walnuts for fesenjan

2. Add chicken to the same pot top it with the fried onions and saute chicken until the color of it becomes golden.

sauteing chicken fesenjoon

3. Now add the walnuts that you ground before(pour walnuts into a grinder and process the walnuts until you have a tan-colored walnut. While the grinder running add water in a slow stream until you have a beige-colored walnut)to pan roast it until the walnut color becomes to light brown.

4. Now add 2 or 3 cups of water to it and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot let it boil for 2 to 3 hours, and let the stew glaze (see a layer of oil on it).

5. Now it’s time to add pomegranate concentrate to khoresh fesenjan. When adding the pomegranate concentrate if the stew does not boil, increase the heat to medium until it boils, and then reduce it to medium-low and cover the pot, let it boil for 1 to 2 hours.

adding pomegranate concentrate

6. Now you can taste your stew and see if it is not suitable to your taste, as explained above you can add sugar to it.

7. Now your (khoresh fesenjan recipe)fesenjoon stew is ready. You can eat it and enjoy it. Also before eating it, you can sprinkle some pomegranate seeds on top as garnish.

Related : Ghare ghoroot.

Here are some of the potential benefits of pomegranate from:

1. Antioxidant effects

Pomegranate is rich in polyphenols, which are powerful antioxidants.

The antioxidants in fruits can help reduceTrusted Source levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS), a type of free radical, in the body.

The body produces ROS during metabolism and other processes. Exposure to toxins, such as tobacco smoke, can also increase ROS levels.

High levels of ROS can lead to oxidative stress, resulting in cell damage and inflammation. Oxidative stress may contribute to metabolic disease, cancer, and other health issues. Antioxidants help remove ROS from the body.

The antioxidants in pomegranate juice can help remove ROS and protect the body from damage.

2. Nutrient boost

Pomegranate contains manyTrusted Source nutrients and is a good source of:

  • vitamin E, which is an antioxidant
  • vitamin K, which is essential for blood clotting
  • magnesium, which helps manage blood pressure and glucose levels

Notes for khoresh fesenjan:

notes for khoresh fesenjan

  • Roasting walnuts makes the aroma of walnuts double and its texture becomes more suitable.

  • Cooking khoresh fesenjan with milder heat and a longer cooking time makes the stew better.

  • If the pomegranate concentrate is watery, increase its amount by 2 to 3 times.

  • The amount of sugar for the taste of a meal depends on the sourness of the pomegranate concentrate, so don’t pay attention to the given measure and get the desired taste by your taste.
  • Along with this dish, borani esfenaj, seer torshi, Shirazi salad, mast_o_khiar, and naz khatoon are also used.
  • The most important thing about preparing this delicious stew is to grind the walnuts completely because in this way all the walnut oil will be returned to the stew
  • If you want this stew to be slightly chewy, grind a quarter of the walnut once and grind the rest three times.

  • In order for the walnut to give back more oil, it is better to grind it when you want to prepare fesenjoon be careful not to add raw walnuts to the stew, roast the walnuts first. Pay attention not to continue roasting too long, because it will make the stew bitter.

  •  If you use meat in the preparation of stew, you can shape the minced meat into ball mode to make the stew more beautiful.

  • If you like the khoresh e fesenjoon with the taste of (malas), add a tablespoon of sugar to it to make it more fragrant and to improve the color of the stew. By adding sugar, the color of the stew becomes slightly darker.

  • Instead of pouring a lot of water into the stew at the beginning, try to make the stew less watery, and every time it needs water pour a glass of cold water into the pot and keep doing this until the stew becomes ready.

  • If the chicken meat is fully cooked but the stew is not, take it out of the pan and when the stew settles, add the chicken to it again.

  • To measure the sourness of the stew, add pomegranate concentrate little by little and taste the food again after 15 to 30 minutes and add pomegranate concentrate again if needed.

  • It takes approximately five to six hours to cook khoresh fesenjan, until the stew is completely cooked. So wait and let the stew settle down little by little.

  • If you use meat in the preparation of stew, you can shape the minced meat into ball mode to make the stew more beautiful.

  • If you like the khoresh fesenjan recipe stew with the taste of (malas), add a tablespoon of sugar to it to make it more fragrant and to improve the color of the stew. By adding sugar, the color of the stew becomes slightly darker.


How many calories khoresh fesenjan have?

khoresh fesenjan calories is 60cal in 1 spoon.

what is fesenjoon made of?

This amazing stew is made from ground walnuts, chicken, pomegranate concentrate, and spices.

what is called fesenjoon?

The combination of ground walnuts, pomegranate concentrate, chicken, and spices from which Fasanjan stew is prepared.

How old is fesenjan?

The exact history of khoresh fesenjan is not available.

where is khoresh fesenjan from?

Khoresh Fesenjan is from the north of Iran.

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  • if you cook fesenjan without any meat, it’s suitable for vegetarians.
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  1. Hi
    I want ta thank you for your good and complete recipe
    It was the first time that i cook fesenjan,but the result was so perfect and it was because of your good recipe
    Thank you so much

    1. hi dear carmen,we are proud that you choose our site for the recipe of fesenjan and we are
      very happy that you cook the deliciouse stew with our recipe and were satisfied.

    1. Hi Bobby, Yes you can make fesenjan without mince meat.
      You cam make fesenjan with chicken.

    1. Hi dear Sajoki, main ingredient in khoresht e fesenjan is a Pomegranate concentrate and walnut.Meat and chicken should be according to your taste in Fesanjan

    1. Hi dear Leila, Use about 50 grams of ground walnuts per person, equivalent to 3-4 tablespoons.About 600 grams of walnuts are needed for 12 people

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