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Serves: 6

By spendthrift

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Ingredients

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 1 tbsp brown sugar

  • 1 pint chicken stock

  • 3 pomegranate

  • 2 cloves garlic, (to taste)

  • 1 handful walnuts, shelled, peeled and crushed in a blender

  • 1 duck, (or 1 chicken, or chicken thighs)

Method

  1. Put the onion and the garlic into the slow cooker with half of the walnuts. Skin the chicken, then place on top.
  2. Pour over the pomegranate juice or molasses and sugar and the rest of the walnuts. Add the stock and then enough water to reach about half way up the chicken, or above the chicken thighs. If you cover the entire chicken the liquid will be too watery.
  3. Then switch the slow cooker on and leave for about 6.5 hours, dependent on your slow cooker. Baste a couple of times if you are using a whole chicken.
  4. If you are not using a slow cooker, you can either simmer this in a heavy casserole pot on top of the stove for about 1 1/2 hours once you have brought it to the boil, or cook in the oven at a very low heat at 140C/120C fan for about 1.5 hours.

Handy Hint

This is still a nice dish if you leave out the walnuts. I serve with rice and a green salad, but I've done it with mashed potatoes, noodles and couscous.

Additional Information

  • Egg Free

  • Dairy Free

  • Gluten Free

  • Main Course

  • Slow cooker

  • Low fat

  • poultry

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  • 16/11/11 17:25

    This is one of the easiest recipes ever. It originates in Persia where the combination of fruit and meat is traditional. Almost everyone I have tried it on has liked it, children, adults - they love the fruityness and the colour. You can make it sweeter - by adding more sugar - or less sweet. The chicken should come out being a lovely dark plum colour, but if it doesn't it still tastes nice. It can be expensive, if you go for an organic chicken, but doesn't need to be. You can make it low fat by skinning the chicken, so it is useful for people on diets or with heart conditions. You can make it nut free - I often do as my family doesn't much like nuts. It doesn't use alcohol so you can feed it to people who would object if it did, but it has the richness often given by booze. And it is brilliant at waiting around until you need it. It takes almost no time to prepare, but you do need to leave it to cook,