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Zereshk Polo, Persian Sunshine Rice with Chicken

Zereshk Polo is the ultimate choice for those who just want to make something delicious and simple yet classy. A plate of Zereshk Polo is like a painting with the perfect harmony of colors and delightful textures. Each ingredient is bold and precise individually, but they come together to create a masterpiece that surprises you. The golden saffron rice with bright red dried barberries on top goes to one side of the dish. On the other side, the crispy, tender chicken shines with a fantastic sauce and melts your heart. This picturesque image is not something you would forget. Every time that you eat Zereshk Polo, you wonder what a genius mind thought about cooking something this much extraordinary. 
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time1 hour 5 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Persian
Keyword: Zereshk Polo
Servings: 4 person
Calories: 300kcal
Author: solmaz haghighat


  • Rice: 400 gr 450 cal
  • Chicken breast or drumstick and thigh: 1 for each person 250 cal
  • Saffron: Be generous in using saffron 1 cup, brewed 4 cal
  • Dry barberries: 4 tbsp 89 cal
  • Vegetable oil: 5 tbsp 600 cal
  • Salt and pepper: 1 tbsp
  • Ingredients for the Chicken:
  • Bell Pepper: 1 medium 30cal
  • Onion: 1 large 60 cal
  • Carrot: 1 medium 40 cal
  • Cinnamon stick: 1 6 cal
  • Orange Juice optional: 1 cup 111 cal
  • Tomato Paste optional 2 tbsp 26 cal
  • Butter: 20 gr 143 cal


  • Step One: Use either the draining method, or the simpler one to cook the soaked rice.
  • Step Two: Cook the chicken with onion, bell pepper, cinnamon, salt, pepper, saffron, and water for 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Step Three: stir the dried barberries on oil or butter, with sugar and salt.
  • Step Four: Fry the cooked chicken well until they look golden and add brewed saffron, orange juice, or tomato paste to it. (If you are a vegan/vegetarian, marinate tofu or halloumi cheese with saffron and verjuice, then fry it.)
  • Step Five: Put 10 tbsps of cooked rice in a bowl and combine it with saffron. Then garnish the rest of the rice with saffron rice, barberries, and sliced pistachio. Enjoy!