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Persian Chicken. Tah Cheen (or tah chin), means "arranged at the bottom of the pot" in Persian.
- 1 (2.25 lbs) whole chickens
- 1 lb basmati rice
- 10 ounces plain non-fat yogurt
- ½ teaspoon saffron
- 2 large onions
- 3 egg yolks
- cooking oil
- salt (to taste)
- black pepper (to taste)
- 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).