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Recipe for Boiled Chicken

  • 1 boiling chicken
  • A pinch of each of the following:
  • Pepper, cumin, thyme, fennel seeds, mint, rue
  • 1 drop asafoetida essence
  • 2 tbsp (30ml) vinegar
  • 4 oz (100g) stoned dates
  • 1 tbsp (15ml) honey
  • 1 tbsp (15ml) olive oil
  • 1 tsp (5ml) anchovy essence
  • Put the chicken in a saucepan.
  • Cover with water and simmer gently for 2½-3 hours until thoroughly cooked. Dry well.
  • Grind the pepper, cumin, thyme, fennel seed, mint and rue in a bowl and moisten with a drop of asafoetida essence.
  • Add the vinegar and dates and pound until well blended.
  • Stir in the honey, oil and anchovy essence.
  • Pour over the chicken and serve either hot or cold.
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