Persian Chicken - Tah Cheen

"Tah Cheen, means "arranged at the bottom of the pot" in Persian."
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Ready In:
4hrs 40mins




  • Wash rice and soak it in warm water (with added salt) for 2 hours, then filter out the water.
  • Chop onions thinly and fry in oil until slightly golden.
  • Wash and cut chicken, remove skin, and fry in onions until color changes.
  • Add some water and bring to boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer slowly until cooked, adding more water if needed, then remove the bones.
  • While chicken is cooking, beat the yogurt until it is smooth.
  • Dissolve saffron in half a cup of hot water.
  • Add saffron, salt, pepper and egg yolks to the yogurt and mix very well.
  • Pour a few glasses of water in a large pot and bring to boil.
  • Pour in rice and cook while stirring occasionally until rice grows longer and slightly softens (Take care not to overcook the rice, it should still be too hard for eating); again filter out the water.
  • Pour several spoons of oil and several spoons of the yogurt mix into a non-stick pot.
  • Add a thin layer of rice and flatten using the back of a spoon; add a layer of chicken on top followed by another layer of rice, then flatten the rice.
  • Spread several more spoons of the yogurt mix on the rice.
  • Continue in this fashion until chicken, rice and the yogurt mix have been used up, then add some more oil on top.
  • Put the lid on and cook for about 5 minutes over medium heat.
  • Place the pot in an oven (preheated to 250 F) and cook for 1.
  • 5 to 2 hours (Note that the longer Tah Chin is cooked, the thicker the Tah Dig- delicious crispy layer of rice at the bottom- will be).
  • When cooked, remove the lid and let cool for a few minutes.
  • Place an inverted large dish over the pot and turn it over.
  • Tap the pot in order to loosen the contents inside (The contents should fall on the dish in one piece with the Tah Dig on the outside).

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  1. natedbaby
    Very good translation of recipe! I have found that using chicken thighs are best as they do not dry out easily. Also to elaborate, in step 9, boil enough water to come up about an inch or two over the rice as not all the water will be absorbed, but strained out, as if making tah dig. I made this and it was GREAT!!
  2. littlemafia
    I found it too dry for my taste. Maybe I am more used to the stews from the persian cuisine that go with rice. The taste was quite pleasant though.
  3. bnthrdntht2x
    Great recipe! My former Persian/Israeli boyfriend would add 1/4 tsp. cumin powder, 1/4 tsp. fresh minced garlic to his recipe. It is out of this world!!!!
  4. een3338
    I LOVE Tah-cheen. . . I think I'm gonna make it again today! It tastes really good accompanied with the Persian Cucumber Yogurt.
  5. Kathy228
    Thanks for this great recipe Sue. I definitely will make it again, but next time I'll use only half the amount of saffron. I served it with dollops of yogurt. It was even good when it cooled to room temperature.This is a keeper!


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