Serves 4

1.5kg organic chicken
Pinch of saffron
1 cinnamon stick
Salt and pepper
1/2 lemon

1 Put the chicken in a big casserole dish with a lid. Sprinkle over the saffron, add the cinnamon stick and season with plenty of salt and pepper.

2 Pour in enough water to almost cover the bird, and bring to the boil.

3 Turn the heat down very low, and gently simmer for about an hour and a half. Check the meat where the leg joins the body. If the juices run clear, it’s cooked.

4 Remove the chicken to a warm plate, suqeeze the lemon juice over it, and leave to rest for about 10 minutes.

5 Meanwhile, bring the liquid the chicken has cooked in to a rolling boil, and reduce by about half.

6 Carve the chicken, and serve with plenty of the liquid poured over the meat.

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4 Responses to “RECIPE poached chicken with saffron and cinnamon”

  1. Anna Says:

    It was lovely to meet you and Suleman in Istanbul. Tips and company made our trip. I am going to try this recipe and hope to meet up soon. This is one of the first times I have been on a blog and the first time I have blogged so bear with me. I like the look very much
    See you soon

    ps just used the pulbi bear (spelling) in a spinach and coconut dahl I make so already come to good use.


  2. Hi Anna, great to hear from you. It was lovely to meet you and Colin too – I had so much fun showing you round my favourite foodie places in Istanbul. And I look forward to sampling some of your dishes using what you bought out there. Do keep in touch, and hope to see you soon. Lx
    (By the way, the balloon man that Colin photographed was standing outside the register office where Suleyman’s brother got married last Saturday – funny coincidence!)

    • Anna Says:

      HI I am new to this so how do I email you if not blogging you about the website and do you have my email. Very serendipitous re balloon man. We saw Meriam and her husband walk past Baklava place in Galata – thought good stop for the food tour too. Sure you know it on the front next to a deli/restaurant. x

  3. Wendy Says:

    This looks delicious! One I shall definitely do, thanks! I really love saffron.


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