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Persian Fried Chicken


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  • 1/2 teaspoon saffron
  • 2 cups plain whole-milk yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 2 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon dried mint
  • 1 tablespoon salt, more for sprinkling
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Oil for frying
  • 1 cup walnut pieces
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges



Step 1

Step 1 In a small bowl, combine saffron with 1 tablespoon water and let soak 10 minutes. Place in food processor with yogurt and garlic and purée until smooth and yellow. Place chicken in glass or ceramic bowl; pour yogurt mixture on top, turn to coat; cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours or overnight.

Step 2In a medium bowl, combine flour, paprika, mint, salt and pepper. Heat a generous half-inch oil in a deep skillet over medium heat. Drop in a bit of bread to test temperature; oil should bubble vigorously. Working in batches to avoid crowding, dredge chicken pieces in flour mixture, then fry until golden brown on both sides, about 7 minutes a side. Remove and
drain on paper towels.

Step 3 Sprinkle with salt and serve immediately, topped with walnuts and lemon wedges.

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