Baharat Spiced Pomegranate Chicken
By Debbie Kornberg
This dish was taught to me by my friend Manijeh. Her Persian style of cooking has had a great influence on me. I played around with the dish and decided to add a little Baharat spice to give it some earthy fall flavors reminiscent of Pumpkin Spice with a savory twist.
1 cut up chicken with bone (skin optional)
2 + 1 Tbsp. SPICE + LEAF Premium Olive Oil
1 cut up onion, diced
1.5 tsp. ground turmeric
¼ tsp. ground cumin
½ cup pomegranate molasses
1 Tbsp. Honey
Optional: Pomegranate Seeds to decorate on top after chicken is prepared
¼ cup fresh mint to decorate after chicken is prepared
Wash cut pieces of chicken and let them dry in a strainer or pat dry with a paper towel.
Using a large frying pan, heat olive oil and add diced onions and turmeric, Baharat Spice and cumin on medium heat, and sauté for a few minutes.
Remove spiced onions from pan and place in a bowl. Set aside.
Turn stove onto high heat and place chicken in pan. You will want to get a little sear on the chicken until they are lightly browned on both sides.
Add back spiced onions into pan. Place around the chicken.
In a bowl, mix the honey with the pomegranate molasses and pour it over the chicken, making sure all of the pieces are brushed with the sauce. Pour a little water in and cover pan. Turn the flame down to medium-low heat and cook for about 30 to 45 minutes. It will need to be checked often as it does not have a lot of liquid, add water. Check chicken with fork or thermometer. Temperature should read at 165 degrees when fully cooked.
On a platter, arrange cut up chicken, pour the leftover sauce over it, add the pomegranate seeds and mint to decorate.