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Recipe for pullum elixum ex iure suo
(Chicken in Its Own Broth)

By Apicius VI-VIII-8

Original recipe: PULLUM ELIXUM EX IURE SUO teres piper, cuminum, thymi modicum, feniculi semen, mentam, rutam, laseris radicem, suffundis acetum, adices caryotam et teres; melle, aceto, liquamine et oleo temperabis, et in pullum refrigeratum et siiccatum mittis; quem perfusam inferes

Translation: Crush pepper, cumin, a little thyme, fennel seed, mint, rue, laser root, moistened with vinegar, add fig dates; work well and make it savory with honey, vinegar, broth and oil to taste: the boiled chicken properly cleaned and dried with the towel is masked with this sauce.


  • 1 boiling chicken
  • A pinch of each of the following:
  • Pepper
  • cumin
  • thyme
  • fennel seeds
  • mint
  • rue
  • 1 drop asafoetida essence
  • 2 tbsp (30ml) vinegar
  • 4 oz (100g) stoned dates
  • 1 tbsp (15ml) honey
  • 1 tbsp (15ml) olive oil
  • 1 tsp (5ml) garum


  • Put the chicken in a saucepan.
  • Cover with water and simmer gently for 2½-3 hours until thoroughly cooked. Dry well.
  • Grind the pepper, cumin, thyme, fennel seed, mint and rue in a bowl and moisten with a drop of asafoetida essence.
  • Add the vinegar and dates and pound until well blended.
  • Stir in the honey, oil and garum.
  • Pour over the chicken and serve either hot or cold.
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