Persian Saffron and chicken rice cake ( Tahchin )

Persian Saffron and chicken rice cake ( Tahchin )

Tahchin is a very delicious Persian rice cake full of flavors. The word by word meaning is tah means bottom and chin means arrange. This rice is combination of chicken and rice in layers. The traditional style made with cooked shredded chicken and several layers of that and flavored rice but in this recipe I’ll tell you how to make thin layer of this rice with Chrissy bottom.

It’s not usually as fluffy as the other Persian rice and it’s more sticky. My husband doesn’t like sticky rice so by practicing deferent recipe I cane up with this one which is not that sticky.

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 40 minutes

Total time: 1 hour and 10 minutes

Servings: 5 people

Course: Entree, rice


6 pieces boneless chicken thighs or breast

2 1/2 cup rice

2 egg yolk

2 tbsp butter

2 tbsp soaked saffron

1/3 cup Greek yogurt

1 big onion

2 garlic cloves

1/4 cup blueberries

Turmeric, salt and pepper to taste

How to make

  1. Wash the rice and cook it halfway and put it aside
  2. Put some oil, a tsp of saffron, chopped onion and garlic in a pan and fry the chicken along with onions. One side fried and one side half fried and put it aside.
  3. I’m a bowl mix half of cooked rice with two eggs yolk, yogurt, 1 tbsp soaked saffron and butter.
  4. In a 3 inches deep oven pan arrange all the chicken in a layer
  5. Put a layer of mixed rice on top of they
  6. Mix the rest of the rice with saffron and put on the top of that.
  7. Press it and knock the pan 2-3 time on the counter.
  8. Cover it with aluminum sheet and make some holes on that.
  9. Heat up the oven to 350f and cook the rice for about 30-40 minutes.
  10. The fun part is to flip the pan on a serving dish. You need to be quick 😉


  1. Make sure the rice is long grain basmati.
  2. You can make deferent type of Tahchin with chicken, beef, lamb or even vegetables.
  3. You can make it in muffin tin to have individual portions or if you like more sticky and ticker make with several layers in a baking loaf tin.
  4. Add fried barberries and sliced pistachio and almond for topping.

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