Melt the butter in a large frying pan/skillet and add the onions. Fry for 2 minutes and then add the chicken. Cook for 5 minutes, until sealed, stirring occasionally.
Add the sliced peppers and chopped aubergine and stir. Cook for a further 2-3 minutes.
Whilst the chicken and veggies are cooking, place the walnuts in a food processor and blend just until they turn to fine crumbs.
Add the walnuts, garlic and ground almonds to the pan and cook for a minute. Add in the turmeric, salt, pepper, cinnamon and lime zest, stir and cook for a further minute.
Add the chicken stock, honey and three-quarters of the molasses. Stir, bring to a gentle bubble and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Taste the stew, add more molasses if needed. Cook for a further 5 minutes and then serve on top of boiled rice or cous cous.
Top with pomegranate seeds, chopped parsley, red onion slices and chopped walnuts.
To store in the freezer, allow the Persian stew to coo , then place in a sealed tub and freeze for up to 1 month (don't add the pomegranate seeds or parsley). Defrost in the fridge or at room temperature, then reheat in a pan until piping hot. Serve topped with pomegranate seeds and chopped parsley.** Sourcing Pomegranate molasses: I believe in the US, you’d be able to get hold of it at any Middle Eastern or Kosher store. Amazon sells it, and I think you may find it at Walmart. It’s sometimes called pomegranate syrup. Alternatively there are a couple of ways you can make it at home (sourced from UKTV.co.uk): 1. Squeeze the juice from a large pomegranate then boil the liquid until it has reduced to just two tablespoons. or 2. Take 3 cups (720ml) pomegranate juice, 1/2 cup (100g) sugar and 1/2 cup (120ml )lemon juice and simmer until reduced to 1 cup (240ml)..Nutritional Information is per serving, without serving suggestion of boiled rice or couscous.