i got creative in the kitchen today. unintentionally.
in an attempt to make dinner seem different to usual i created something unexpectedly delicious!
the ingredients and method are below. unfortunately i didn't think to take a photograph so there is no pic spam of the deliciousness, but let me assure you, it IS delicious!

chicken esfahan

a generous splash of olive oil
1 small-medium onion diced
1/2 carrot diced small
4-5 mushrooms sliced then cut in half
approx. 1-2inch piece of sweet potato diced
12-16 olives
chicken (thigh or breast - i was using thigh)
3-4 table spoons of lime juice
1 clove garlic; crushed
1 cup rice
3 cups water
1 potato; sliced
pinch sugar
1 tbsp butter
zereshk (barberry)

place lime juice, garlic, black pepper, olive oil and chicken into a tupperware container, close lid and shake until chicken is evenly covered; place in fridge. chicken can be marinaded for as long or as little as you choose.

place fry pan on stove turning the gas to lowest heat, pour in olive oil and add onion. let the onion slowly cook until nice and soft, add carrot and mushroom, stir and let cook slowly. when carrot appears soft, add sweet potato, chicken and olives, salt and pepper, stir then cover and simmer until chicken is cooked; stirring occasionally.

while main dish is cooking, using a large pot, pour in water and add salt followed by rice. slowly let the water heat up, stirring the rice frequently to check absorbtion. once rice is softened on the outside but still hard in the middle, drain. add enough olive oil to cover the bottom of the pot and place sliced potato on the bottom. pour drained rice back into pot and cover with lid, allowing a gap for steam to escape.

grind saffron and sugar together until saffron is well mooshed, pour into a small amount of water - saffron water

in a small fry pan melt butter add zereshk and a couple of teaspoons of saffron water; cook for about 1 minute. when rice is cooked, stir the barberries in. spoon some of rice onto a plate. mix the saffron water into the remaining rice (which should now be a nice yellow) and spoon up onto the rice on the plate.

dish up the chicken sauce beside the rice and serve.

til next....
~Kits~ (cuisinier extraordinnaire!)



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