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This is one of those easy weeknight dinners that is so full of flavor, you’ll feel like you’re dining out at a fancy Mediterranean restaurant. Pomegranate roasted chicken thighs are made with a flavorful marinade using zaatar and pomegranate molasses, which gives the chicken an intense sweet and sour flavor similar to balsamic.
What is pomegranate molasses?
It’s basically the juice from pomegranates that is boiled down and reduced to make a thick intensely flavored syrup that has a sweet and sour flavor. So think of it as a pretty simple ingredient used to add some tanginess to a dish – that’s why it works perfectly as an ingredient in a salad dressing.
Ingredients & substitutions
- Chicken: For this recipe, use bone in or boneless chicken thighs with skin on. This helps to keep the chicken super moist and flavorful when it is baked
- Pomegranate molasses: This adds such a deep sweet and tart flavor to the chicken. It really is a wonderful addition! I use the Cortas Lebanese brand.
- Seasonings: Zaatar, paprika, garlic powder, oregano, salt and pepper.
- Shallot: A thinly sliced shallot adds a great onion flavor to the chicken; you can switch to yellow or red onions.
- Lemon: Fresh sliced lemon adds a great bright and tart flavor to the baked chicken and works so well with the pomegranate molasses.
- Oil: Use olive oil as the base for the chicken marinade as it adds a nice flavor. You can use canola or avocado as well.
- Pomegranate seeds: I like to serve the dish with fresh pomegranate seeds as they add great color to the dish as well as a burst of flavor. Check out this post to easily remove the seeds from a pomegranate.
How to make pomegranate roasted chicken
- Place the chicken thighs in a bowl.
- Add the ingredients for the marinade.
- Mix to coat the chicken fully.
- Top with the shallots and sliced lemons and marinate.
When ready to cook, place the chicken in an oven dish and bake until golden brown and cooked through. You can also marinade the dish right in the baking dish if desired.
Tips for making the recipe
- Allow the chicken to marinate. The marinade used here has a wonderful Mediterranean flavor to it from the zaatar and of course the pomegranate molasses. Allow the chicken to fully absorb that for 30 minutes or up to 24 hours will make the dish more flavorful.
- Add potatoes to the roasted chicken. That is similar to this popular one pan chicken and potatoes, and the pan juices help to cook the potatoes and add so much flavor to them. So feel free to do that here too or throw in any other vegetable. Just be mindful of their cooking time if they don’t need the full hour of roasting.
- Pat the chicken dry before adding it to the marinade. This helps to remove excess moisture and allows the chicken to take on more flavor from the marinade. It will also help to get the skin nice and crispy.
- Broil the chicken after baking it. A couple of minutes under the grill will help to brown and crisp up the skin. Let the chicken rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving it to allow the juices to redistribute.
Frequently asked questions
These pomegranate roasted chicken thighs are best served as soon as they are ready so that they are perfectly juicy. However, the cooked chicken will keep well, covered in the fridge for up to 4 days. You can use the chicken cold, sliced into sandwiches, wraps and salads. It can also be reheated (once) in the oven at 350F for around 20 minutes until warmed through. If reheating, cover the chicken with foil so that it doesn’t burn.
Yes absolutely! Just keep in mind that chicken breasts will have a shorter cooker time though, it will take between 20 and 25 minutes for them to cook through. The best way to check for doneness is to use an instant read thermometer. Fully cooked chicken will register at 165F.
If you’ve never tried pomegranate molasses, this is a great way to try it! It gives the recipe a delicious tartness, juicy texture and a beautiful golden color. Super easy to make, this pomegranate chicken is totally fool proof and effortless!
For more chicken recipes
- Roasted Garlic & Herb Chicken
- One Pan Chicken and Potatoes
- Spatchcock Chicken
- Pickle Brined Chicken Tenders
- Broccoli Cheese Stuffed Chicken
- Oven Chicken Tenders
- Chicken Noodle Soup
- Chicken Casserole
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Pomegranate Roasted Chicken Thighs
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Dry the chicken with a paper towel and place on a 9 x 12 oven-safe rimmed baking dish.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, pomegranate molasses, zaatar, paprika, garlic powder, oregano, salt and pepper. Pour the sauce on top of the chicken and use your hands to evenly coat. Place the sliced shallots and sliced lemons around the chicken. Marinate for at least 30 minute or up to 24 hours.
- Bake uncovered for 50-60 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and looks sticky and caramelized. Broil for 3-5 more minutes if needed for a golden-brown color.
- Allow the chicken to rest for 5 minutes before serving. Garnish with pomegranate seeds and fresh parsley, if desired.