Recipe courtesy of Ranaach
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Chicken Freekeh by RanaAch
Clean and wash chicken. Place whole chicken into a large pot with cold water, enough to cover, and add the following spices and vegetables: bay leaf, cinnamon stick, cardamon, cloves, salt, carrots, celery, leeks, 1 onion
Prepare the Freekeh: Pick any pebbles out and wash it well, rinsing enough to remove any burnt grains until your water runs clean. Strain and set aside.
Boil the mini onions in salted water until soft enough to eat, set aside
In a small pan, saute the chopped onions until translucent and add in the freekeh, stirring or three minutes
Add chicken broth over the freekeh and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. As the chicken broth evaporates, gradually add more, about 2 cups at a time. This is how rich flavors develop.
Add in the caraway powder, cinnamon powder, & salt. Keep stirring. Cook the freekeh for about 1 hour on low heat.
Once the freeken is nearly done, add half of the chicken pieces and the sauteed mini onions. Simmer for 10 minutes
Serve the frekeeh in a dish, top with the remaining chicken pieces & fried cashew nuts