The Pregnant Chicken

Il-Dijaaja ‘l-Haamil

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Delights from the Garden of Eden

By Nawal Nasrallah

Published 2019

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An amusing method for stuffing chicken, which I learnt from my friends in Mosul, in northern Iraq. Once we were invited to dinner, and there in the middle of the table was a huge stuffed bird. At first glance, I thought it was a large duck, but I was corrected – it was an ordinary chicken, stuffed between the skin and the meat, as well as in the cavity. The chicken looked hilariously puffy, and we nicknamed it ‘the pregnant chicken.’ The advantage of putting the filling between the skin and