Chicken Herriseh (Armenia)

READY IN: 6hrs 20mins
SERVES: 8-10




  • Boil the chicken in 8 cups of water for about an hour and 45 minutes. Leave the lid on your pot but tilt it slightly so that not a whole lot of steam can escape.
  • Remove the chicken to a plate and let cool. Do not discard the broth.
  • Shred the chicken and set aside.
  • Strain the broth into a measuring cup to determine how much you have left. Then add water to the broth to bring the amount back up to 8 cups.
  • Put the broth in a large pot and add the wheat berries, the shredded chicken, and salt to taste.
  • Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low. Simmer covered for four to six hours, or until the wheat berries are soft. Don't be tempted to stir the pot.
  • Smash the wheat berries and chicken with a potato masher. The finished mixture should look like oatmeal. If it doesn't, you didn't cook it long enough.
  • Serve in bowls with a pat of butter and some cumin and paprika sprinkled on top.