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Jewish Honey Roasted Pomegranate Chicken

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This chicken dish, using pomegranates, honey, carrots, and apricots, is perfect for the Jewish Holiday Rosh Hashanah as it combines traditional New Year ingredients into a beautiful dish, served with hope for a sweet and fruitful New Year.
Ingredients
  Onions 2 Medium, sliced
  Baby carrots/Regular carrots - 2 cups 2 Cup (32 tbs), peeled and sliced
  Chickens 7 Pound, cut into serving pieces
  Dried thyme 1 Teaspoon
  Kosher salt To Taste
  Freshly ground black pepper To Taste
  Dried apricots 1 Cup (16 tbs) (loosely packed)
  Paprika 2 Teaspoon (more or less)
  Pomegranate juice 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (juice of 1 pomegranate)
  Garlic 2 Clove (10 gm), minced (about 2 teaspoons)
  Lemon 1 , juiced and rinded
  Balsamic vinegar 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  Olive oil 2 Tablespoon
  Honey 3 Tablespoon
  Pomegranate seeds 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs) (for garnish)
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Rinse the chicken well and pat dry with paper towels.
2. Trim the excess fat.
3. Rub thyme, salt and pepper under the skin and on top.
4. Spray a large roasting pan with cooking spray.
5. Make a bed of onions and carrots in the pan.
6. Place the chicken on top of the vegetables and tuck the apricots between the chicken pieces.
7. Whisk the ingredients for the marinade together in a bowl.
8. Pour over the chicken and sprinkle with paprika.
9. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator overnight or for as long as 2 days.
10. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

MAKING
11. Cover the pan with marinated chicken with foil and place in the preheated oven.
12. Cook the chicken, covered, for 11/2 hours or until tender.
13. Uncover and roast for 30 minutes longer, basting occasionally with the pan juice, until the skin is golden.
14. Remove from the pan from the oven and let cool before refrigerating overnight.

FINALIZING
15. If refrigerated, remove and discard any congealed fat from the chicken before serving and reheat, in the oven for 25-30 minutes at 350°F.

SERVING
16. Transfer the heated chicken, carrots, onion, and apricot to a large serving platter and sprinkle with pomegranate seeds.
17. Serve with couscous on the side.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Jewish
Course: 
Main Dish
Feel: 
Meaty
Method: 
Roasted
Interest: 
Holiday, Healthy
Ingredient: 
Pomegranate
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
75 Minutes
Ready In: 
0 Minutes
Servings: 
10
Story
In Judaism the Pomegranate is one of the seven fruits that Israel was blessed with. Pomegranates are a symbol of the upcoming spring. According to ancient lore, the amount of seeds in the pomegranate is exactly the same number (613) as the mitzvot (good deeds) found in the Torah (the Jewish holy book). If you’re curious, count away! During the Jewish new year feast it is customary to eat the pomegranate as a symbol of hope for a sweet and prosperous new year. The beautiful burst of ruby red pomegranate seeds over honey roasted chicken makes this a perfect dish for celebration.

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18 Comments

Anonymous's picture
Beautiful dish. Pomegranate has such a vibrant color and I love the sweetness it adds to food. I have seen a similar Moroccan dish.
Meaty's picture
Awesome dish....honey roast is something i love and adding Pomegranate makes it all the more yummy
Anonymous's picture
A nice dish like Jewish honey pomegranate chicken should definitely bring good luck and hope with its good taste to start New Year.
Rahul.Chef.and.Writer's picture
Pomegranate & Chicken an interesting match...seems enticing..
Anonymous's picture
Hey that's a wonderful story for the Rosh Hashanah food. Thanks. When food is had after knowing the inner meaning, it is relished better.
oatmeal's picture
Baby carrots with chicken...... Delicious combo......
colorfulcandies's picture
great article
delicious.bites's picture
Great..the pomegranate story is quite interesting...now I understand why pomegranate is eaten at this time:)
shruti's picture
Sounds like a rich and flavorful dish. Will prepare this for my Jewish friends..
shivastuti koul's picture
Scrumptiously beautiful..a treat to the eyes and i am sure to the taste buds as well.
shivastuti koul's picture
Food for soul!!
Anonymous's picture
looks worth a try
chefpreetz's picture
yummm...worth an effort i guess
Anonymous's picture
Honey and chicken .....sounds good......interesting information about Jewish culture.........
foodietweetie's picture
Sounds tasty, but the highlight is the nutrients present in the colorful ingredients used:)
Anonymous's picture
A truly elegant dish, perfect for the holidays! I think Ill try this for Thanksgiving! Can I use Duck or Turkey instead of Chicken?
choppednstewed's picture
Looks soooo tempting!
chockyfoodie's picture
Honey, Pomegranate, makes a wonderful combination and on the top its effect on chicken makes this dish more desirable and appealing too.