Braised Chicken and Rice with Orange, Saffron, Almond, and Pistachio Syrup
Braised Chicken and Rice with Orange, Saffron, Almond, and Pistachio Syrup
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    Here is a jewel of an Afghani dish. Unusual and exotic, it is one I cook regularly, sometimes with shoulder of lamb instead of chicken thighs. I serve it with slow-cooked spinach, finished with leeks and a minuscule amount of rhubarb. This may sound strange, but the rhubarb is sweetened by the leeks and it really does work.

    Ingredients

    • 1 1/2 cups brown basmati rice
    • 1/4 cup olive oil
    • 2 medium onions, peeled and minced
    • coarse salt and black pepper
    • 4 large chicken thighs, chopped in half, or 8 smaller ones
    • about 4 cups water
    • 1 large organic orange
    • 1 tablespoon unrefined granulated sugar
    • 1/2 cup slivered blanched almonds
    • 1/2 cup shelled, chopped pistachio nuts
    • large pinch of saffron threads
    • 2 to 3 teaspoons rose water
    • 7 or 8 cardamom pods, lightly crushed, seeds extracted
    • a handful of blanched, skinned baby fava beans (optional)
    • a handful of blanched peas (optional)

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    Nutrition

    Nutritional Info
    • Servings Per Recipe: 4
    • Amount Per Serving
    • Calories: 2961 % Daily Value *
    • Total Fat: 236 g 362.56%
    • Saturated Fat: 36 g 179.45%
    • Trans Fat: 0 g %
    • Cholesterol: 100 mg 33.33%
    • Sodium: 1013 mg 42.21%
    • Calcium: 427 mg 42.72%
    • Potassium: 2335 mg 66.73%
    • Magnesium: 0 mg 0%
    • Iron: 27 mg 150.49%
    • Zinc: 0 mg 0%
    • Total Carbohydrate: 155 g %
    • Dietary Fiber: 61 g 243.11%
    • Sugar: 16 g
    • Protein: 106 g
    • Alcohol: 0 g
    • Omega 3 Fatty Acid: 1 g
    • Omega 6 Fatty Acid: 81 g
    • Vitamin A 14.79%
    • Vitamin C 48.25%
    • Vitamin D 0%
    • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
    Diabetes Exchanges
    • Exchange - Fat45
    • Exchange - Fruit1
    • Exchange - NonFat Milk0
    • Exchange - Other Carbs0
    • Exchange - Starch5
    • Exchange - Vegetables2
    • Exchange - Lean Meat4
    • Exchange - Alcohol0
    MyPlate Info
    • MyPlate - Grain Total3 oz-eq
    • MyPlate - Vegetable Total1 c
    • MyPlate - Fruit0 c
    • MyPlate - Dairy0 c
    • MyPlate - Protein Total28 oz-eq

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