My Bumbles

  • Fesenjoon <3 Persian Chicken or Duck in Pomegranate and walnut marinade  ( can substitute with fake meat as I do since im a veggie head) 
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup butter or 1/4 cup oil
  • 2 1/2-3 lbs chicken (cut up, bone-in) or 2 1/2-3 lbs duck (cut up, bone-in)
  • onions, thinly sliced
  • cups walnuts, finely ground in a food processor
  • 1 1/2-2 cups chicken stock or 1 1/2-2 cups water
  • 2/3 cup pomegranate syrup (see notes in description if using juice)
  • 2 -3 tablespoons sugar
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • fresh ground pepper, to taste


  1. 1
    Sprinkle meat with lime juice and allow to marinate for 1-4 hours.
  2. 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. 3
    Add the chicken/duck pieces a few at a time and brown on all sides. Remove to a plate.
  4. 4
    Add onions (and eggplant if using - see notes in description) and sauté in remaining butter or oil until translucent.
  5. 5
    Stir in ground walnuts and saute for 1/2 a minute.
  6. 6
    Add stock or water and browned chicken/duck pieces. Bring to a boil, lower heat, cover and simmer 20-30 minutes.
  7. 7
    Stir in the pomegranate juice, sugar, salt and pepper.
  8. 8
    Taste and adjust seasoning. Sauce should have a balanced sweet-sour flavor. See notes to adjust.
  9. 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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