September 01, 2009

Khorak-e Morgh - Chicken with Green Beans and Carrots

I sometimes fall into the trap of making the same kind of food one too many times. Don’t you think most of us have a set menu of our favorite foods that we tend to stick with a majority of the time? If you give me chicken, the first thing I make is salad olivieh! However, this time I’m resisting the temptation of cooking the same thing over and over and instead made this wonderful chicken dish with green beans, carrots, and tomatoes. خوراک مرغ Khorak-e Morgh is an easy and delicious one-skillet meal.

Khorak-e Morgh 

Serves 4

2 pounds skinless chicken, cut into pieces
2 cups of fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-2 inch pieces
2 large carrots, sliced
2 medium tomatoes, sliced
2 large potatoes, sliced
1 large onion, sliced
A handful of dried plums
4 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 (8 ounces) can tomato sauce
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon turmeric
A dash of  cinnamon
A pinch of red pepper
Juice of 1 lime
Salt and pepper to taste

  1. In a large saucepan saute onions in 2 tablespoons of oil over medium heat until translucent, add the garlic and saute for another 2-3 minutes. Add turmeric and a pinch of salt, stir well. 
  2. Add the chicken to the pan and fry on both sides. Add salt and pepper. 
  3. Add the tomato sauce and a cup of water, lower the heat, cover and cook for about 20 minutes. 
  4. Add the green beans, carrots, tomatoes, potatoes, cinnamon, and dried lemon or lemon juice. 
  5. Cover and cook for another 40 minutes over medium to low heat. 
  6. This dish could also be made in the oven. After you cook the chicken in the pan, transfer it to an ovenproof dish, add all the vegetables, spices, and tomato sauce, cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about an hour until the chicken is well cooked.
  7. Add the prunes near the end of cooking. Taste and adjust the seasoning
Serve with warm bread or rice, fresh herbs, and torshi.



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  2. Hi, do you need chicken breast with bone for this recipe?
    Thanks so much,

    1. You can use both boneless chicken breasts or bone-in breasts or a combination of chicken parts. Thank you.

  3. I tried it last night. I was nervous, because I thought the long cooking time with chicken off the bone could result in hard chewy meat. But it was delicious! Thank you for the recipe, so simple and so so good!-Katja

    1. Thank you, Katja! I'm so glad you like the recipe.