Persian Chicken (Morgh)

This authentic and delicious dish is a typical Iranian recipe. It´s quite flavorful and thanks to saffron it has nice color and aroma. This dish is always served with a kind of rice. It can be Plain rice, jeweled rice (zereshk polow) or any other kind of rice. This recipe is only for making the chicken but I have added the recipe for jeweled rice before, for if you want to serve them together. Also in this recipe you do not have to use chicken thighs. You can use any other parts of the chicken based on your preference. Let´s get started!

Recipe type
Serves 4 People
Prep time
Cook Time


  • 4 Pieces
    4 chicken thighs or any other part, skin removed
  • 2
    medium onions
  • ¼ Cups
    lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons
    tomato paste
  • 1 Tablespoon
  • 1 Teaspoon
  • 1 Teaspoon
    black pepper
  • 1 Cup
    dried apricot or plumes *Optional
  • ½ Teaspoons
    ground saffron
  • water
  • 4 Tablespoons


  1. Place the chicken pieces in a large pot. Rough chop one of the onions and add on top of chicken. Add salt and half of the turmeric and black pepper.

  2. Add enough water to the pot until it almost covers the chicken pieces. Place the lid and let it cook over medium heat.

  3. While the chicken is cooking, grate the other onion using a blender or a grate. Put it in a frying pan, add oil, and the remaining of turmeric and black pepper.

  4. When the onions turn golden add tomato paste to it, mix well and set aside.

  5. When the chicken pieces are soft and almost cooked, remove them from the pot and place them in a frying pan with heated oil. Fry the chicken pieces over medium heat until they change color and are almost light brown.
    Do not throw the remaining water away. You need to keep it for next steps.

  6. If you chose to use the dried plums or apricots, now its time to add them. Note that this is an optional step.

  7. Now it's the time to add the onion and tomato paste mix on top of the chicken pieces. Try to add them in a way each piece is coated with a layer of the mixture.

  8. Take out one glass of the water from the pot you removed chickens from and add it to the chicken and onions. Also add lemon juice and saffron. Place the lid and let it cook over low heat until the sauce is thick.

  9. Serve warm. A good way to garnish is adding french fries, parsley and lemon pieces.


16 reviews for Persian Chicken (Morgh)

  1. ﺯﻫﺮا


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  2. افشین


    فوق العاده

  3. Amir


    I really love this. I never knew such Persian chicken dish existed. I am used to cook them in water, whole tomatoes, onions, garlic, saffron, salt and pepper till they are tender, then eat them with zereshk polo. I will definitely try your recipe. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Olivia troiani


    This recipe is amazing, so flavorful so glad I found this website

  5. Eric


    I added sour grapes !!!!!!

  6. Sayeh


    if you come to Iran you van try it in Tehran or Isfahan
    a good way to get free Iran Visa:

  7. Jenny


    I’ve made this twice now and everyone loves it.. Great easy recipe. Thanks

  8. Peggy


    I love how thorough and straightforward the recipe is, gonna make it for my pals today, fingers crossed that I won’t stuff it up

  9. Mark V


    Easy to make my onion was bitter so I added some date syrup and a little honey to ease the bite and used Date’s and figs instead of plums. Very Good!

  10. Noura


    this was wonderful! delicious and flavorful! though i did not follow the exact recipe (took a shortcut in boiling the chicken due to shortage of time) it still turned out awesome!

  11. Julie Ingram


    Simmering away, smells great, tastes great. Yummmy

  12. Fernando Serr


    Onion, turmeric and chicken are the best combination for this recipe. After i made the onion and tomato paste i’d spread over the chicken and returned it to the oven. 320F for 15 minutes.

  13. Roger Powell


    Easy to make can’t make a mistake with it. Very tasty

  14. Susan Anaraki


    We love it and easy to prepare

  15. Paul Harrison


    Delicious and easy to prepare. My Kurdish wife really loved it!

  16. Sawsan choukair


    Amazing dish, all my family loved it.

  17. Dwillia


    Could someone please clarify how long the chicken should boil untill “almost cooked”? I’ve never done chicken this way so I’m not to sure how long to to leave it in there.

  18. Joy


    The recipe looks amazing. I have lived in DC and some amazing Persian restaurants are there. I am very excite to try this and so happy I found this page.

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