Healthy Meal Prep
Slow Cooker Khoresh-e Fesenjan Recipe

Slow Cooker Khoresh-e Fesenjan


This classic Iranian stew made with chicken, pomegranate syrup, and ground walnuts is a great dish for the slow cooker.


  • 1 (3 pound) chicken, skin removed, cut into pieces
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup butter, divided
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 2 ½ cups water
  • 4 cups coarsely ground walnuts
  • 1 ¼ cups pomegranate syrup, or more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 5 threads saffron
  • 2 tablespoons pomegranate seeds, for garnish


  1. Rub chicken pieces with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon butter in a large deep skillet over medium-high heat and brown chicken in batches from all sides, about 5 minutes per batch. Set aside.
  2. Melt remaining 3 tablespoons butter in the same skillet and saute onion until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, cinnamon, and cardamom and cook for 3 minutes. Add water and bring to a boil. Cook until liquid starts to thicken, 8 to 10 minutes. Add walnuts and cook everything into a thick paste, about 10 minutes. Add chicken pieces, pomegranate syrup, and honey and mix well. Add to a slow cooker and sprinkle with saffron. Cover with a lid.
  3. Cook on Low until chicken is no longer pink at the bone, about 4 hours. Remove chicken from pot and debone. Shred meat with 2 forks and return to the slow cooker. Cook on High uncovered until sauce thickens, about 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Serve sprinkled with pomegranate seeds.

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Nutritional Information

Slow Cooker Khoresh-e Fesenjan

Servings Per Recipe: 8
Calories: 870.4
% Daily Value *
protein: 66 %
carbohydrates: 20 %
exchange other carbs:
dietary fiber: 18 %
fat: 88 %
saturated fat: 53 %
cholesterol: 30 %
vitamin a iu: 7 %
niacin equivalents: 95 %
vitamin b6: 38 %
vitamin c: 25 %
folate: 17 %
calcium: 10 %
iron: 25 %
magnesium: 44 %
potassium: 15 %
sodium: 16 %
thiamin: 26 %
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
**Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
(-)Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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