Authentic Persian Jeweled Rice and Saffron Chicken

Authentic Persian Jeweled Rice and Saffron Chicken
Authentic Persian Jeweled Rice and Saffron Chicken
Authentic Persian Jeweled Rice and Saffron Chicken

Authentic Persian Jeweled Rice and Saffron Chicken

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Learn to make this beautiful rice dish traditionally served for celebrations alongside saffron marinated chicken. 

Leila will take you through each step of the dishes in this fully interactive online cooking class.  Along the way you will hear stories from Leila's life in Rasht Iran and her journey to Canada.

  • Fully Interactive
  • An In My Kitchen moderator will join your Host online to ensure you have a smooth experience.
  • Vegetarian Option
  • Ask as many questions as you like!

  • Jeweled Rice
    Named for its gem stone colours, a great dish for the holiday season

    Saffron Marinated Chicken
    A simple and flavourful dish, marinated in spices, saffron and yogurt.

    Recipes: Emailed the day before your cooking class.

    Ingredients: If you are interested in a vegetarian option or other adaptions just email us at

    Technology: Connect to your host on zoom using your computer, tablet or mobile device. Your zoom link will be sent to you the day before your cooking class.

    Class Involvement: We love to hear from you, so please chime in with questions. Public classes have 4-20 participants, to ensure everyone is able to ask questions. Private cooking events can have up to 497

    Classes require a minimum of 4 connections to be held.

    Event Duration: 1.5 hours

    Prep Time: 20 minutes
    Ingredient List
    Serves 4

    Saffron Chicken
    3 tablespoons olive oil
    4-5 cloves of garlic, peeled and sliced ( more garlic makes it more delicious)
    4 pieces chicken, breasts and thighs
    1 teaspoon turmeric
    1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
    1 teaspoon salt, or more to taste
    1/2 teaspoon pepper
    1 or 2 fresh limes, juiced
    1 tablespoons sugar, adjust to your taste
    2 tablespoons of brewed saffron ( or more)
    ½ C Greek yoghurt
    1/2 cup barberry
    1/4 cup pistachio sliver ( optional)

    Jeweled Rice
    3 C long white basmati rice
    ½ C barberries
    ¼ C sliced raw almonds
    ¼ C sliced raw pistachio
    ½ C golden raisins
    2 large orange peeled (slivered)
    2 large carrots, cut and in 2 inch thin strips
    ¼ C rose water
    1 C oil, butter or ghee(divided in 2, ½ cups)
    1 tsp ground saffron dissolved in 1/4 cup hot water
    1 tsp ground cardamom
    1 tsp cinnamon
    2 Tbsp plus ½ C sugar
    Salt to taste
    Water for boiling the rice

    Kitchen equipment
    Large mixing bowl to mix chicken with marinade
    Large sauté pan to cook chicken
    Large pot to cook rice
    Med fry pan
    Clean dishtowel
    2 Small bowls
    1 small pot or fry pan
    Large serving platter to hold rice and chicken

    What to prep in advance
    Wash rice in a colander until water runs clear

    To remove the bitterness from orange peel, drop orange peel in a pot with boiling water and cook for 1 minute and rinse, repeat this 2 more times.

    Have your ingredients measured out and ready to go.

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    Please note we do not offer refunds, but we do provide a full credit if you need to cancel.

    If you cancel two weeks before your cooking class you will receive a full credit, which you can apply to another cooking class. After that, for in-person classes you may send someone else in your place (we ask you to notify us in advance if you're doing this). For online cooking classes you are welcome to transfer your spot to someone else. In the rare event that an instructor needs to cancel last minute, guests will receive a full refund. We do not otherwise offer refunds.


    Yesterday's culinary journey was fabulous. We LOVED it. I found the moderator to be so helpful and valuable. Leila is a wonderful host. For a moment, I could have been somewhere in Rasht last night 🙂

    Namzmi K. Vancouver B.C

    How It Works

    Join on Zoom

    Sign up for your cooking class, price is by device so feel free to invite friends to join you in your kitchen or make it a family event. A day before your experience you will receive your zoom and recipe link.

    Cooking Instructions

    All online cooking classes include interactive cooking instruction and all of the recipes. After registration you’ll receive an email with your shopping list and equipment list. Also available when you sign up.


    Online Cooking Classes are 1.5 hours in duration, and are co-hosted with In My Kitchen founder Paula Mohammed, on zoom.

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