Succulently tender and juicy chicken thighs with perfectly crispy skin, easily made with a sweet and tart pomegranate sauce that’s finger lickin’ good!
Prep Time:12 min
Cook Time:60 min
Total Time:1 hour 12 minutes
8 bone-in skin-on chicken thighs (or breasts if you prefer)
2 tbsp of olive oil
½ cup pomegranate molasses
1/3 cup pomegranate juice
¼ cup honey
1 tbsp balsamic
1 lemon, juiced
4 garlic cloves finely grated
handful of pomegranate seeds
handful of parsley
Pre-heat oven to 400.
Pat chicken dry with a paper towel, season with salt and let sit while you make the marinade (up to 30 min is ideal).
Whisk together olive oil, pomegranate molasses, pomegranate juice, honey, balsamic, lemon and garlic. Pour marinade over chicken, either in a bowl, glass Tupperware, or resealable plastic bag. Spread the marinade around so all the chicken is evenly coated and let sit at least 30min and up to over night in the fridge.
To cook, place chicken skin side up in a roasting dish, then pour the marinade over the meat. The marinade should generously cover the bottom of the pan.
Cook for about 25 minutes if using thighs and about 45 min if using breasts, until the chicken is tender at the bone and a meat or instant read thermometer reaches 165 when inserted. If using both light and dark meat, remove the breasts while the thighs keep cooking then return the breasts to the pan in the oven once the thighs are done.
Crank the oven to 450 and let the sauce reduce and the skin get dark brown and crispy, about 12 min longer. Brush the chicken with the marinade from the pan every 3-4 minutes to glaze them.
Serve warm and garnish with pomegranate seeds and chopped parsley.
Cover and refrigerate leftovers for up to 3 days.
If pomegranates are out of season, simply skip sprinkling with pomegranate arils post oven.
Use a thermometer to ensure that your chicken comes out perfectly moist with crispy skin each and every time.
If ya own a cast iron skillet, this would be a great time to use it.