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Pomegranate glazed chicken has a tart and sweet balance of flavors and is a perfect main dish for Rosh Hashanah or Shabbat celebrations.
The Backstory: Let’s face it: there are only so many things you can do with chicken. But this recipe is really different, flavorful, beautiful when plated, and a perfect dish for Rosh Hashanah as pomegranates feature prominently in the recipe. Since Rosh Hashanah is the time of year when we ask G-d for his blessing, and the seeds in the pomegranate are thought to represent the notion that our year should be as bountiful as the number of seeds in the fruit, you can see why this dish makes perfect sense at the High Holidays. More of the Backstory after the recipe…
Pomegranates Glazed Chicken
- 1 4-5 lb. cut up Kosher chicken parts
- 1/4 cup oil
- 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper
- 1/4 tsp. paprika
- 1 Pomegranate divided seed are for garnish/juice of one half reserved
- juice of one lemon
- 1 tbs. honey sugar can be subsituted
- 1/4 cup white wine
- 1-2 large oranges cut into thick slices
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix oil, salt, pepper, garlic and paprika together. Set aside. Put the chicken parts into a large baking dish. Pour mixture evenly over chicken. Place some orange slices around the chicken. Bake for 45-60 minutes, basting often with pan juices.
While chicken is cooking, make the glaze. In a saucepan add the juice of half of the pomegranate, the wine, lemon, and honey. Boil and then lower the heat and cook for about 5 minutes. When chicken is done, plate on a serving dish and pour the glaze over the chicken. Garnish with the seeds and serve.
…The Backstory continues: It also happens to be simply delicious. This glaze can be used for many other dishes such as grilled lamb and beef. Pomegranates may be a little messy to work with but if you take a bowl and fill it with cold water, then submerge the fruit and break it apart, it will be easy to pull out the seeds as they will fall to the bottom and the waste parts will float to the top. This hint will save you a juicy mess and result in easier clean up.