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Sticky Pomegranate Chicken

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We were happy to finalize this recipe after a few versions were tested during kitchen hours! Sarah, our registered dietitian and a great cook, created the sauce for this chicken that hits all the right notes. The chicken bakes easily on a sheet pan, then gets a final browning under the broiler. The fresh pomegranate arils finish off the the dish with a pop of color and flavor. This chicken could be served with rice, quinoa, or noodles alongside a green salad or vegetables of your choice.

Ingredients

Food
Amt
Units
Prep
Notes
pomegranate juice
¼
cup
¼ cup soy sauce
soy sauce
¼
cup
4 cloves garlic
garlic
4
cloves
2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
ginger
2
tablespoons
½ cup honey
honey
½
cup
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
rice vinegar
1
tablespoon
1 tablespoon cornstarch
cornstarch
1
tablespoon
1 tablespoon water
water
1
tablespoon
3 pounds chicken thighs (boneless, skinless)
chicken thighs
3
pounds
boneless, skinless
1 cup pomegranate arils (about one pomegranate)
pomegranate arils
1
cup
about one pomegranate
optional: sliced green onions
optional: green onions
optional: fresh cilantro
optional: fresh cilantro

Method

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Combine pomegranate juice, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, honey, and rice vinegar in a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil. In a small bowl, combine corn starch and water to create a slurry. Add corn starch slurry to boiling sauce. Cook on low heat, stirring constantly until glossy and coats a spoon. This should take about 2 minutes. Line a sheet pan with foil. In a large bowl, toss chicken with sauce. Arrange chicken on lined baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes. Then cook for an additional 4-5 minutes in the broiler, watching carefully. Once the chicken is out of the oven, top with pomegranate arils, optional toppings, and serve.

Prep time
15 min
Cook time
30 min
Yields/Serves:
8
Contains Soy

Yum Ratings

😫😟😐😀😍 “I like the chicken and the pomegranate” —Levi, age 3
😫😟😐😀😍 “I like everything about it!” —Eliza, age 3
😫😟😐😀😍 “I like the pomegranate!” —Nora, age 3