Ghormeh Sabzi (Persian Chicken Stew) Recipe

This rich Persian stew is packed with herbs and dried limes

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If you're not familiar with ghormeh sabzi, prepare for an incredibly flavorful discovery: The Persian stew of chicken and kidney beans is brightened by tons of chopped parsley, cilantro and scallions, cooked down until it's dark green.

Some use veal for a slower braise than chicken, while others prefer using dried kidney beans instead of fresh. The only preference we have is using fresh herbs instead of the commonly used sabzi dried herb mix you find at most spice stores.

What really makes this stew so bright are the dried Persian limes. Once small fresh limes, they are boiled in a salt brine and then left in the sun to dry. Afterward, they turn into black ping-pong-ball-size citrus that are perfect for adding complex acidity to any dish. Piercing them once they have softened slightly is how you really impart their lime flavor on the stew. While we pierce three of the five limes, feel free to pierce more if you can't get enough acid.

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Recipe from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen

Ghormeh Sabzi (Chicken And Kidney Bean Stew)
4.6 from 74 ratings
Introduce yourself to Persian food with this vibrant, easy and delicious chicken, herb & kidney bean (Ghormeh Sabzi) stew. Get the recipe at Tasting Table.
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to 6 servings
Total time: 30 minutes
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon ground turmeric
  • 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 6 ounces (12 medium) scallions, minced
  • 2 cups minced parsley, plus more for garnish
  • 1½ cups minced cilantro, plus more for garnish
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon dried fenugreek leaves
  • 5 dried black Persian limes
  • Two 15-ounce cans kidney beans, drained
  • Pita, for serving
  1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the canola oil over medium-high heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper, and add to the pot. Cook, turning as needed, until browned on all sides, 8 to 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the chicken to a plate and set aside.
  2. Add the turmeric and onion to the pot, and cook, stirring often, until softened, 5 to 6 minutes. Add the scallions, parsley and cilantro, and cook until wilted and dark green, 5 minutes. Return the chicken to the pot and add the chicken stock, fenugreek leaves and dried limes.
  3. Bring to a simmer until the chicken is tender and the liquid has reduced, 25 minutes. Halfway through cooking, pierce 3 of the limes with a paring knife.
  4. Add the kidney beans and cook until warmed through, another 5 minutes. Divide the stew between bowls and garnish with more parsley and cilantro. Serve with pita on the side.
Calories per Serving 463
Total Fat 15.3 g
Saturated Fat 2.7 g
Trans Fat 0.1 g
Cholesterol 111.4 mg
Total Carbohydrates 47.0 g
Dietary Fiber 11.6 g
Total Sugars 8.2 g
Sodium 1,328.1 mg
Protein 37.4 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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