Pomegranate Glazed Chicken

Submitted by Judy on Fri, 09/14/2007 - 7:14pm.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings
from “Jewish Cooking for All Seasons” by Laura Frankel

2 chickens, about 4 pounds each, cut by your butcher into 6 pieces each, on the bone
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Olive oil

For the Glaze

Olive oil
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 medium shallot, finely chopped
1/2 cup pomegranate molasses
3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/4 cup dark chicken stock

Suggested Garnishes

Fresh pomegranate seeds
Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Season chicken pieces with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a large, deep sauté pan over medium-high heat, and lightly
    coat bottom of pan with olive oil. Brown chicken pieces on all sides,
    in batches, without crowding. When pieces are well browned (drumsticks
    and thighs will take longer than breast and wing pieces), transfer
    white and dark meat pieces to two separate baking dishes.
  3. Make Glaze: Heat a small saucepan over medium-high heat, and
    lightly coat bottom of pan with olive oil. Sauté garlic and shallot
    until lightly browned. Add pomegranate molasses, sugar, tomato paste
    and stock. Lower heat to medium and cook, stirring, until well combined
    and glaze has thickened, about 10 minutes. Brush chicken pieces with
    pomegranate glaze, and roast until cooked through and a thermometer
    inserted into thigh registers 160°F, 30 to 35 minutes for white meat
    and about 45 minutes for dark meat. Brush chicken with glaze halfway
    through cooking and again when it is removed from oven.
  4. Serve chicken sprinkled with your choice of garnishes.

Notes: The glaze can be stored in the refrigerator, covered, up to 2 days.
Pomegranate molasses (also called “paste”) can be found in Middle Eastern markets or at www.sadaf.com.