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Armenian Harissa: a culinary gem from the Caucasus

Armenian harissa is a traditional dish from Armenia that is made with wheat berries and chicken. It is a hearty and flavorful porridge that is perfect for a cold winter day.

Harissa is often served as a main course, but it can also be served as a side dish or as a snack. It is a popular dish for holidays and special occasions.

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Yield: 4 servings

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 2 hours

Total time: 2 hours 30 minutes


  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces

  • 8 cups water

  • 2 cups whole wheat kernels, rinsed in cold water and drained

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin


  1. In a large pot, bring the water to a boil.

  2. Add the chicken and cook for 10 minutes, or until cooked through.

  3. Remove the chicken from the pot and set aside.

  4. Add the wheat kernels to the pot and cook for 20 minutes, or until softened.

  5. Add the chicken, salt, pepper, and cumin to the pot.

  6. Bring to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes, or until the porridge is thick and creamy.

  7. Serve hot.


  • For a richer flavor, use chicken broth instead of water.

  • If you don't have whole wheat kernels, you can use rolled oats or quick oats.

  • Harissa can be served with a variety of side dishes, such as yogurt, cucumbers, or tomatoes.

Armenian harissa is a delicious and hearty dish that is sure to please. It is a perfect way to warm up on a cold winter day.

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