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Sweet and Sour Pomegranate Glazed Chicken

Sweet and Sour Pomegranate Glazed Chicken


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Serves
4-6

Pomegranate molasses is going to be your new favorite condiment. It caramelizes on chicken for crispy skin, while still adding the perfect tang to balance all that schmaltz!

Ingredients

1 (4-pound) chicken, broken down into 8 pieces

¼ cup olive oil, divided

¼ cup pomegranate molasses, divided

2 teaspoons lemon zest

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Chopped parsley, for garnish

Pomegranate seeds, for garnish

Walnut halves, toasted and roughly chopped, for garnish

Directions

In a large bowl, toss chicken pieces with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 2 tablespoons of pomegranate molasses, the lemon zest, salt and pepper. Let marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 425°F. In a 12-inch cast-iron skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat. Season the chicken pieces with more salt and pepper, then, working in batches, sear, flipping once, until golden brown, 2-3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.

Once all chicken is seared, return all pieces to the skillet. Brush chicken with remaining pomegranate molasses, then roast in the oven until an instant-read thermometer reads 160º when inserted into the chicken, 18-20 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a platter to rest and tent with foil for 5 minutes to carry the internal temperature to 165º before garnishing with parsley, pomegranate seeds and walnuts, and serving.