Hohop – chicken with onions and pomegranate

Oriental dishes have a unique taste and aroma. I suggest you diversify your chicken menu and prepare a truly amazing dish by adding caramelized onions and pomegranate seeds to the meat. Today on the menu is a very tasty dish of Armenian cuisine – hohop. Despite the simplicity of preparation, it is very tasty and aromatic. Chicken stewed with onions turns out incredibly juicy and tender. The meat breaks down into fibers and simply melts in your mouth. Pomegranate seeds add a slight sourness to the sauce and go well with the delicate taste of butter. This dish can be prepared both for a festive table and for an everyday lunch.

Any part of chicken is suitable for making hohop: wings, drumsticks or thighs. Serve the finished aromatic hohop as a main dish, garnishing it with parsley or cilantro. When stewed, you get a very tasty sauce into which you can dip crispy white bread or pita bread. If desired, the stewed chicken can be supplemented with a side dish of mashed potatoes.

Be sure to try this recipe. It is simple, affordable, but very tasty and original!

Ingredients for making hohop:


  • Chicken drumsticks – 500 g.

  • Onions – 600 g.

  • Pomegranate – 1 pc.

  • Vegetable oil – 50 ml.

  • Butter – 50 g.

  • Salt – 0.5 tsp.

  • Ground black pepper – 0.25 tsp.

  • Seasoning for chicken – 0.5 tsp.

  • Parsley or cilantro – 2-3 sprigs.

Hohop recipe

Step-by-step instruction:

1. Wash the chicken drumsticks and dry them from excess moisture with paper napkins. Rub the chicken pieces with a mixture of salt and spices on all sides. If you have some free time, leave the meat at room temperature for 30 minutes to marinate and absorb the flavors of the spices.

2. Place chicken drumsticks in a frying pan with heated vegetable oil. Fry the chicken pieces over medium heat until golden brown on all sides. Transfer the fried meat to a separate bowl. Cover the chicken with a lid to keep it warm.

3. Peel the onions and cut them into half rings 3-4 mm thick. Place the chopped vegetables in the pan in which the chicken was fried.

4. Stirring occasionally, sauté the onions over medium heat until golden brown.

5. Clean the pomegranate. Add pomegranate seeds to caramelized onions.

6. Place fried chicken drumsticks on top.

7. Add butter, cut into small pieces, to the pan.

8. Cover the pan with a lid. Simmer the chicken drumsticks in the sauce over low heat for 20-25 minutes. Decorate the finished dish with parsley or cilantro.

9. Serve the hohop immediately after cooking, adding pomegranate seeds to the dish. A glass of red wine goes perfectly with juicy meat.

Bon appetit!

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