How To Make Persian Chicken With Turmeric, Saffron, And Lemon Juice At Home

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Persian chicken with turmeric, saffron, and lemon juice is a great and easy recipe. You need to marinate the chicken in lemon juice, spices, yogurt, and onion and then grill. This is all there to it. You can enjoy it with basmati rice or naan bread.

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Persian cuisine is filled with rich and flavorful recipes. You’d think such dishes would require rare ingredients and complex recipes. But that’s not the case. Persian cuisine uses spices in abundance and they know how to use them well. Also, you’ll find yogurt and saffron two major ingredients used in the cuisine used to enhance flavor, aroma, texture, and color.

To make Persian chicken with saffron, turmeric, and lemon juice, add onions, yogurt, and lemon juice to a mixing bowl. Then, add salt, pepper, turmeric, oil, saffron, and chicken to it and mix well. Marinate for 1 hour and then cook the chicken on a grill. Serve with rice, yogurt, and salad.

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Persian Chicken with Turmeric, Saffron and Lemon Juice Recipe

Persian chicken with turmeric, saffron, and lemon juice is a great and easy recipe. You need to marinate the chicken in lemon juice, spices, yogurt, and onion and then grill it.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Persian
Servings 4
Calories 254 kcal


  • Plastic Wrap
  • Grill


  • 6 large boneless, skinless Chicken Breasts (cut into 2 inches pieces)
  • 4 Onion (thinly sliced)
  • 1 teaspoon Saffron Threads
  • 400 g Greek Yogurt
  • 1 cup Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 4 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 3 tablespoons Boiling Water
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 2 tablespoons Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper


  • In a large mixing bowl, add onions, lemon juice, olive oil, yogurt, salt, pepper, turmeric, and yogurt and mix well.
  • Then, make a fine powder of the saffron and add it to a small bowl. Add the boiling water to it and let it infuse with it for about 10 minutes.
  • To the mixing bowl, add the chicken pieces and mix so they gets coated with the mixture. Lastly add the saffron water to iit and mix.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and leave it to marinate for about an hour in the refregerator.
  • Now, heat a grill. Take the chicken out of the refregerator and place the pieces on the grill one by one.
  • Cook the chicken on the grill from both sides until it becomes slightly charred for about 20 minutes.
  • Serve the chicken with rice, yogurt, and salad.


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Calories: 254kcal | Carbohydrates: 4.8g | Protein: 28.6g | Fat: 12.8g | Saturated Fat: 3.5g | Cholesterol: 118.3mg | Sodium: 123.6mg | Fiber: 0.7g | Sugar: 1.9g
Keyword Persian Chicken, Persian Chicken with Turmeric, Saffron and Lemon Juice, Persian cuisine
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