Ganja-Style Chicken & Eggs – Pomegranates & Saffron Cookbook

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I am forever fascinated with food from other cultures. International cuisine reveals so much depth and many unique flavor combinations that delight my culinary curiosity.

Today’s recipe comes from Azerbaijan, a country with a fascinating history and captivating cultural and culinary heritage.

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Azerbaijan is known as the “Land of Fire” because of its rich natural gas deposits that sometimes ignite and burn up through the ground, has a unique cuisine that is the product of centuries of cultural exchange. One can find food traditions there originating in Turkey, Iran, Russia, Georgia, the Middle East & Central Asia.

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Only in Azerbaijan can you visit a crude oil spa where you lie naked in a pool of oil up to your neck and relax. I am pretty sure this is up there with fish massages in Thailand. (Check out a video of my mom and I enjoying our fish massage here.)

I recently met the delightful Feride Buyuran, author of the multiple award-winning Azerbaijan cookbook called Pomegranates & Saffron, A Culinary Journey to Azerbaijan at a Melissa’s Produce media luncheon.

Feride Buyuran | Pomegranates & Saffron

This cookbook is a fascinating glimpse into local culture and traditions with, 200 easy to follow and oh so appetizing recipes, gorgeously photographed.

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The bread recipes alone will make you swoon.

Layered almond pastries

Once the weather cools down, I am going to make the “Layered Almond Pastries” on page 256. Until then, here are some other flavorful recipes I sampled and loved. The dishes were scrumptious and notable for an extravagant use of fresh herbs.

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Chopped Vegetable Salad pg. 38 & Vegetable Kabab Salad pg. 41

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Meatballs in Sweet and Sour Tomato Sauce pg. 71 & Ganja-Style Chicken with Eggs pg. 98

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Rice Pilaf with Dill & Fava Beans pg. 178 & Baku-Style Baklava pg. 249

Today’s recipe:

The Ganja-Style Chicken with Eggs recipe captivated me because I can’t recall ever cooking chicken with eggs. Feride encouraged us to adapt her recipes and make them our own. So that is exactly what I did.

Since it is currently summer and cooking anything for a long period is out of the question for me, I used a Rotisserie Chicken instead of cooking my own. It makes this recipe a breeze. I also added mushrooms because I had them on hand and they were terrific. I could easily see adding bell peppers as well.

Ganja-Style Chicken & Eggs
Recipe type: Ethnic
This simple main dish comes together quickly and pairs well with a rice pilaf or bread.
  • 1 Rotisserie chicken, cut up in bite-size pieces
  • About 10 tablespoons clarified butter or unsalted butter
  • 3 medium onions, cut in half lengthwise, then thinly sliced crosswise (3 packed cups)
  • 8 ounces of sliced mushrooms
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric (I used 1-inch grated fresh turmeric)
  • 4 large eggs
  • Salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish
  1. Heat 8 tablespoons of the butter over medium heat in a 12-inch frying pan. Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently, until light golden, about 15 minutes. Add the turmeric, stir to evenly coat the onion, and cook an additional 30 seconds.
  2. Remove the onion from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside, leaving the remaining butter in the pan.
  3. Melt 2 more tablespoons of butter in the same frying pan and add the mushrooms. Cook until mushrooms, stirring occasionally, until all the moisture has evaporated and the mushrooms start to turn dark reddish-brown with golden spots. This should take another 5-8 minutes.
  4. Return the onion to the pan, season with black pepper, and additional salt to taste. Add chicken and stir to combine, and level with a spoon.
  5. Break the eggs in a small bowl and beat lightly. Pour the eggs evenly over the
  6. chicken mixture. Cover and cook until the eggs are set, 5 to 7 minutes.
  7. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve with rice pilaf or bread.
Serves: 4-6

“This cookbook is part culture, part history, part ethnography, part recipes, part stories – a little bit of everything written with love that I hope readers will enjoy and appreciate.” – Feride Buyuran

This cookbook inspires me with Azerbaijani cuisine’s diversity of flavors and techniques. I enjoyed reading this book and can’t wait to trek to this exotic and picturesque country.
…and then, she paused for thought.

You can check out Feride’s website & blog for other great recipes.

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I was given a copy of “Pomegranates & Saffron” cookbook to cook with. All opinions are my own.


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About Cathy Arkle

Cathy Arkle is a food blogger, culinary explorer, graphic artist, and cooking class junkie. Her inspirations come from her travels across the globe (50 countries) in the last 20+ years partaking in various ethnic cuisines while working as a graphic artist for major networks (NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX & ESPN). She has collected a few Emmys in the field of graphic design for sports & entertainment. Cathy is also a graduate of the Pro Chef courses at The New School of Cooking in Culver City, CA

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18 Responses to Ganja-Style Chicken & Eggs – Pomegranates & Saffron Cookbook

  1. Susan Herrmann Loomis July 15, 2016 at 2:38 pm #

    Cathy – this all sounds so delicious! Thanks for reporting on it.

    • Cathy Arkle July 15, 2016 at 4:43 pm #

      Thanks Susan! I think you would love this recipe.

  2. Nan July 15, 2016 at 4:18 pm #

    Looks great! I might add tomatoes and eggplant! Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Cathy Arkle July 15, 2016 at 4:43 pm #

      Great idea Nan. I think you could use any vegetables with this dish.

  3. Rona July 15, 2016 at 5:33 pm #

    Those sweet and sour meatballs also look amazing! That’s one I would definitely try, as well!

    • Cathy Arkle July 15, 2016 at 5:42 pm #

      I almost blogged those because they were so delicious as well.

  4. Faye Levy July 15, 2016 at 11:40 pm #

    I love your presentation of this delicious dish. Good idea doing a shortcut summertime version and adding the mushrooms.

    • Cathy Arkle July 19, 2016 at 4:36 pm #

      Thanks Faye. I love this recipe and can see how it would work with so many other vegetables as well.

  5. Cousin Julie July 16, 2016 at 3:23 pm #

    OK Cathy – “Layered Almond Pastry” baking day at your house, when the weather cools down– – I am SO there……one look at these delicious dishes and my Summer dieting resolve is totally out the window!!! The Ganja chicken and eggs looks like such a delicious version of crustless quiche or fritata…..can’t wait to make it along with homemade Naan…..that with a salad and easy Summer dinner for the fam is virtually a guaranteed success! Thanks again Cathy we can always count on you!

    • Cathy Arkle July 19, 2016 at 4:37 pm #

      Thank you so much Julie. You are so invited here for Layered Almond Pastry making day. 🙂 Great idea to serve this dish with salad and bread.

  6. Sue @ It's Okay to Eat the Cupcake July 17, 2016 at 4:50 pm #

    What a great review, Cathy! I love this dish too – it’s so easy and flavorful, perfect for brunch, lunch and dinner!

    • Cathy Arkle July 19, 2016 at 4:38 pm #

      Thanks Sue, you are correct, it is perfect for all meals.

  7. sippitysup July 18, 2016 at 10:40 am #

    You’re right this is simple and innovative. I will definitely try this one. GREG

    • Cathy Arkle July 19, 2016 at 4:39 pm #

      I would love to know your creative spin on this recipe Greg!

  8. Simones Kitchen July 26, 2016 at 10:35 pm #

    O that looks wonderful. Love the sound of that cookbook Cathy. And those almond pastries…. Can’t wait for you to try them!

    • Cathy Arkle July 27, 2016 at 12:04 pm #

      Thanks Simone. The cookbook is exotically intoxicating.

  9. cheri Newell July 27, 2016 at 5:39 pm #

    The Ganja Chicken and eggs is a must try for me!!! I am an egg lover… and can’t wait for breakfast every morning!!! It is my favorite meal of the day! I will definitely make this recipe my own… a little cheese on top… and my new favorite dinner!!! Thanks so much Cath!!!

    • Cathy Arkle July 27, 2016 at 6:28 pm #

      Cheri this recipe has your name all over it. Enjoy!

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