Saffron-infused Tahchin Recipe

A dish that captures the rich tapestry of Persian flavors. Imagine a golden, crispy layer of saffron-infused rice concealing tender bites of chicken, creating a symphony of tastes and textures.


  • 2 cups Basmati rice, rinsed and soaked
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground saffron threads (soaked in hot water)
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked and shredded chicken
  • 1/2 cup barberries (optional, for garnish)
  • Sliced almonds or pistachios (optional, for garnish)


  1. Prepare the Rice:
    1. Parboil the soaked rice until it’s slightly tender. Drain and set aside.
  2. Prepare the Yogurt Mixture:
    1. In a bowl, whisk together yogurt, eggs, vegetable oil, ground saffron (mixed with hot water), turmeric, salt, and black pepper.
  3. Combine Rice and Yogurt Mixture:
    1. Mix the parboiled rice with the yogurt mixture, ensuring an even coating.
  4. Layering:
    1. In a greased baking dish, layer half of the rice mixture. Add the shredded chicken evenly over the rice.
  5. Complete the Layers:
    1. Cover the chicken with the remaining rice mixture, creating a smooth and even top layer.
  6. Bake:
    1. Bake the Tahchin in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 45-50 minutes or until the top is golden brown and crispy.
  7. Garnish and Serve:
    1. Once baked, let the Tahchin rest for a few minutes. Invert the dish onto a serving platter to reveal the beautiful golden crust.
    2. Garnish with barberries and sliced almonds or pistachios for a delightful touch.
  8. Enjoy the Persian Culinary Magic:
    1. Relish in the captivating flavors of Saffron-infused Tahchin, a dish that mirrors the heart and history of Persian cuisine. Experience the enchanting taste of Iran with every delightful forkful!

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