Monday, August 22, 2005

Chicken with Orange, Almonds and Pistachio Nuts ©

The middle east is known for pistachio nuts, and are used in a lot of recipes. Here is one you may want to try.


1 1/2 cups Basmati or long-grain rice
2 Boneless/Skinless Chicken Breasts
2 TBS Cooking oil
2 TBS Butter
1/4 Cup slivered Almonds
1/4 Cup Crushed Pistachio nuts
1/2 Cup thin slices of Orange peel
3 TBS Sugar
2 Large onions
1 TBS Hawaish(*)

2 Cups Sugar
Saffron, 1/2 teaspoon
Fresh ground Black pepper


Soak rice in warm water for 2-hours. Rinse and dry chicken. Peel and thinly slice onions. Fry in oil until slightly golden. Add chicken pieces sprinkled with HAWAISH and fry until color changes. Add a cup of hot water, salt and pepper and cook over medium heat for about 20 minutes. Add more hot water during cooking if necessary. About 1/2 cup of water should be remaining at the end.

Save three spoons of sugar for later use. Add remaining sugar to a cup of hot water and bring to a boil. Add chicken juice, 2-3 spoons of oil and saffron, and mix well. Soak almonds in cold water for an hour. Thinly slice orange peels. Boil for a few minutes, drain and repeat. Soak in cold water for an hour, drain, and repeat. Finally, boil for a few minutes with three TBS sugar. When rice is rinsed, pour a bit of oil and hot water in a pot, and add 1/2 of rice. Spread chicken pieces over the rice, and cover with 1/2 of remaining rice. Spread half of almonds and orange peel over rice and cover with remaining rice. Pour sugar and chicken-juice mix prepared earlier over rice. Cover and cook over low heat for about 30 minutes. Add remainder of almonds, orange peel, and pistachios, and mix well.

Garnish with a sprig of sage.


HAWAISH (Spice Mix) All the spices are mixed proportionately and stored to be easily measured out for recipes. 2 TBS ground cumin 1 TBS pepper 1/2 tsp coriander, ground; 1 tsp turmeric, ground; 4 whole cloves, broken up; 4 pods cardamom seeds; 1/4 tsp nutmeg, grated; 2 bay leaves Mix all ingredients together. Store in a glass jar with a tight cover. Keep the 2 bay leaves in the mixture to keep the spices dry and clean. Do not include the bay leaves as part of the spice mixture.

Serves 2.

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