Authentic Syrian Chicken Thighs Recipe

This recipe may have a lot of ingredients, but it sure is an easy dish to prepare. It turned out excellent, just loaded with flavors.

1 t ground cumin
1 t ground cinnamon
1 t ground turmeric
1 t sea salt
1/2 t black pepper
1 lb skinless chicken thighs
olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1/2" fresh ginger, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 hot pepper flakes
1 cup canned diced tomatoes
½ t cumin seeds
1 pinch Saffron threads
pinch thyme
1 lemon, juiced and zested
1 T honey
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves

Combine cumin, cinnamon, turmeric, pepper and salt in a small bowl. Sprinkle generouly over chicken. Set aside.

Heat olive oil in a large cast iron skillet or heavy frying pan over medium high heat. Add chicken and brown on all sides. Stir in onions and cook 5 minutes. Add ginger, garlic and hot pepper flakes and cook for a few more minutes. Stir in tomatoes, cumin seeds, saffron, and thyme and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and cook 10 minutes.

Stir in juice and zest, honey and a little water (about 1/2 cup). Recover and simmer another 10 minutes.

Uncover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or til chicken is cooked through and sauce has thickened. Stir in cilantro.

Serve with rice, Syrian pita and plain yogurt. The recipe for the Syrian pita can be found here: Syrian Pita Bread.

Syrian Chicken


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