July 26, 2014 at 5:34pm
Are any there Iranian comedies? Maybe they just don't get shown abroad. "Chicken with Plums" has a few amusing moments, but don't worry, it's really a deeply sad parable. A violinist pines after a long lost love, remaining indifferent to his loving wife and children. And worse, he can't enjoy his favorite dish, the Persian standby, chicken with plums.
But you will...and so easy to make.
Traditionally, dried plums or prunes are used for this recipe and you can certainly use them, but now that it's plum season try fresh. Raid the market, shake the tree. If the plums are very sweet or very sour, adjust the honey accordingly.
1 1/2 fresh pitted plums, or dried
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 whole cloves
the juice and zest of one lemon
2 cups chicken broth, or water is ok
4 whole chicken legs
one onion peeled and diced
Preheat the oven to 350.
Heat the olive oil in a casserole.
Brown the legs and onion.
Remove from pan.
Add the other ingredients, except the plums and bring to a boil.
Add the plums.
Return the onion and chicken to the pot.
Cook, covered for an hour.
Serve with Persian rice, couscous, plain rice, or quinoa. All are good.