09 January 2019

Instant Pot Ferik with Chicken

This is one of those “national dishes” I mentioned yesterday.  Pigeons are raised all over the country and this is one of the most popular recipes. I’m not convinced the ferik I buy here is green, but it is roasted and has a good flavor.  It’s sold everywhere, much more than bulgur, and I’m happy to make the switch for a few years.  An instant pot certainly isn’t necessary, but it works nicely, especially with frozen chicken, which is what I generally use here because I’m not really interested in getting a live pigeon. This one isn’t just dumping everything in the IP, but it’s not much more complicated than that.

Cook around a kilo (or less, it really doesn’t matter) of frozen, boneless, skinless chicken breast in about 2 cups of water at high pressure for 20 minutes.  Also add some salt, pepper, a couple of peeled small onions, and some spices (cardamom and cinnamon are traditional) to the water before cooking. While the chicken cooks, sauté one large chopped onion in olive oil till it’s golden brown. Or you can wait till the chicken is finished and do the onion in the IP, but I don’t think that works as well.  Once the onions are golden, add two cups of rinsed and drained ferik and stir for a couple more minutes.  Turn off the heat.

When the IP beeps, do a quick release and scoop out a cup of the broth.  Take the chicken out and set aside and poke the sauté button to cook the broth down a bit.  Take that cup of broth and add it to your ferik and stir over medium heat for about five minutes till the broth is absorbed.  When the broth in the IP has cooked down to about 1-1/2 cups, add the ferik and onions then lay the chicken on top.  Cook at high pressure for 10 minutes, then do a quick release and serve.

I’m sure this can also be done more simply by browning the onions in olive oil, then adding the ferik and cooking it a bit, then topping it with 2.5 cups of water, the seasonings, and the chicken, then cooking it for 20 minutes, but you’d lose some flavor and the other way really isn’t that much more complicated.

1 comment:

  1. Are ferik and freekeh the same thing just living in different countries? I googled it but I was asked "Did you mean: are erik and freekeh the same thing" I'm very certain Erik and freekeh are not the same thing.