Persian Chicken or Duck in Pomegranate Walnut Sauce (Fesenjan) Recipe

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Persian Chicken or Duck in Pomegranate Walnut Sauce (Fesenjan)
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  1. Sprinkle meat with lime juice and allow to marinate for 1-4 hours.
  2. Over medium heat in a large, heavy-bottomed pot heat an 1/8 cup (2 Tablespoons) of the butter or oil until shimmering.
  3. Add the chicken/duck pieces a few at a time and brown on all sides. Remove to a plate.
  4. Add onions (and eggplant if using - see notes in description) and sauté in remaining butter or oil until translucent.
  5. Stir in ground walnuts and saute for 1/2 a minute.
  6. Add stock or water and browned chicken/duck pieces. Bring to a boil, lower heat, cover and simmer 20-30 minutes.
  7. Stir in the pomegranate juice, sugar, salt and pepper.
  8. Taste and adjust seasoning. Sauce should have a balanced sweet-sour flavor. See notes to adjust.
  9. Simmer another 15-20 minutes until the chicken/duck is tender, sauce is somewhat thickened and the walnuts begin to give off their oil. Serve with plain white rice.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 825.97 Kcal (3458 kJ)
Calories from fat 577.1 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 64.12g 99%
Cholesterol 209.5mg 70%
Sodium 249.21mg 10%
Potassium 751.93mg 16%
Total Carbs 14.41g 5%
Sugars 6.75g 27%
Dietary Fiber 3.65g 15%
Protein 49.98g 100%
Vitamin C 12.7mg 21%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 3%
Iron 3.3mg 18%
Calcium 62.5mg 6%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 203.7 Kcal (853 kJ)
Calories from fat 142.33 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15.81g 99%
Cholesterol 51.67mg 70%
Sodium 61.46mg 10%
Potassium 185.44mg 16%
Total Carbs 3.55g 5%
Sugars 1.67g 27%
Dietary Fiber 0.9g 15%
Protein 12.32g 100%
Vitamin C 3.1mg 21%
Iron 0.8mg 18%
Calcium 15.4mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 21.1
  • 22

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low sodium

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