Karry Hosford
6 servings (serving size: 2 thighs or 1 breast piece, 3/4 cup rice mixture, and 1 tablespoon pistachios)

Shireen palow soaks up sweet flavors from orange rind, caramelized onions, and sugar. Use a heavy chef's knife or cleaver to cut the chicken breasts in half.

How to Make It

Step 1

Sprinkle chicken with 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add chicken, and cook 5 minutes, browning on all sides. Remove chicken from pan; cover and keep warm.

Step 2

Melt 1 tablespoon butter in Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion; cook 10 minutes or until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Add saffron and garlic, and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in sugar and rind; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt, broth, rice, and raisins; bring to a boil. Add chicken, nestling into rice mixture. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 25 minutes or until rice is tender. Let stand 5 minutes. Sprinkle with pistachios.

Ratings & Reviews

Mixed feelings

May 22, 2016
I made half the recipe, but used all the spices (and a little more saffron, too) and was glad I did.  We liked this okay, but it was missing an acidity that would nave given it a bit of spark.  I almost sprinked a bit of apple cider vinegar or lemon on, which might have helped.  I also think dried red pepper would have been useful (or ground cayenne), as we added it at the table but it wasn't really cooked in. The pistachios are essential, and I think more of them wouldn't hurt.  Served with asparagus sauteed in a bit of olive oil with a dash of orange juice. My husband liked it more than I did, so it just may be that I like a brighter flavor.

Mimisan's Review

March 28, 2011
Wonderful dish, amazing flavours and easy to make! This dish has become a staple on our dinner table. I have to admit though that I have never used rice, always made it with Oat Groats, which gives it a very hearty texture and nutty flavour. Easy to make with a whole chicken cut into pieces or any other chicken parts. Just a wonderful recipe with very unique flavours!

chudson's Review

December 22, 2010
I've made this dish a number of times and it never disappoints. To those who found the chicken bland, I would suggest using thighs only, since they add more flavor to the dish. The flavors in this very easy one-pot meal are simply wonderful!