Khoresht-e Fesenjan Recipe

Khoresht-e Fesenjan, a Persian delight and one of the top Persian foods, is an exquisite stew known for its rich flavors and unique use of pomegranate and walnuts.

This dish, with its luscious blend of pomegranate molasses and ground walnuts, creates a uniquely tangy and rich flavor profile. Here’s a step-by-step guide to making this Persian masterpiece:

Khoresht-e Fesenjan Recipe


  1. Chicken thighs – 1 kg (You can also use duck for a more traditional take)
  2. Walnuts, finely ground – 2 cups
  3. Onion, finely chopped – 1 large
  4. Pomegranate molasses – 1 cup
  5. Chicken broth or water – 4 cups
  6. Sugar – 2 tablespoons (adjust to taste)
  7. Salt and pepper to taste
  8. Olive oil – 2 tablespoons
  9. Turmeric – ½ teaspoon
  10. Cinnamon – ¼ teaspoon (optional)
  11. Saffron water – 2 tablespoons (optional for added depth of flavor)
  12. Fresh pomegranate seeds for garnish (optional)


  1. Brown the Chicken:
    • Heat the olive oil in a large pot.
    • Season the chicken thighs with salt, pepper, and turmeric.
    • Brown the chicken on both sides and then set aside.
  2. Prepare the Walnut Mixture:
    • In the same pot, sauté the chopped onion until golden.
    • Add the ground walnuts and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Combine and Simmer:
    • Return the chicken to the pot.
    • Add the pomegranate molasses, sugar, and enough chicken broth or water to just cover the chicken.
    • Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for about 1 hour. Stir occasionally.
  4. Adjust Flavors:
    • Taste the stew and adjust the seasoning with more sugar, salt, or pomegranate molasses according to your preference.
    • If using, add cinnamon and saffron water at this stage.
  5. Cook to Desired Consistency:
    • Continue to simmer the stew until the chicken is tender and the sauce has thickened to your liking, typically another 30 minutes.
  6. Serve:
    • Serve hot with a side of Persian rice.
    • Garnish with fresh pomegranate seeds if desired.

Serving Suggestions

Khoresht-e Fesenjan is traditionally served over Persian rice (chelo). The creamy texture and tangy flavor of the stew pair beautifully with the fluffy, aromatic rice.


  • Walnut Preparation: Ensure the walnuts are finely ground to create a smooth texture in the sauce.
  • Balancing Flavors: The key to a perfect Fesenjan is balancing the sweet and sour flavors. Adjust the amount of sugar and pomegranate molasses to suit your taste.

Enjoy this sumptuous Persian dish, a beautiful symphony of flavors sure to tantalize your palate. And, if you need a visual reference, I can generate an image of this delectable dish for you!

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SURFIRAN is an Iranian tour operator and travel agency offering tour packages to those interested in Iran. It provides the tourists with services needed to travel to Iran, offers tours across the country, and assists the tourists in obtaining Iranian visas.

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