Pomegranate Chicken

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Pomegranate Chicken is a festive dish fit to grace a Rosh Hashana table, but not difficult to make, shown here with spinach rice. The glaze of pomegranate juice and syrup gives the chicken a wonderful mahogany color. The recipe and photo are from “Kosher By Design,” a cookbook by Susie Fishbein.

(Recipe from “Kosher By Design” by Susie Fishbein, Artscroll 2003, $32.99)

(“Kosher By Design Entertains” by Susie Fishbein is scheduled for publication by Artscroll, March 2005.)

6 chicken breasts, with skin (can also use a whole chicken, cut in 1/8ths, with skin)

3 cups pomegranate juice

2 cups pomegranate syrup (see note)

8 garlic cloves, roughly chopped

1/4 cup chopped fresh mint

1/8 cup freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons margarine

Place the chicken in a ziplock bag or a shallow plastic container that has a cover. Completely cover with the pomegranate juice, syrup, garlic, mint and pepper.

Marinade at least overnight or up to 2 nights. Shake the bag or turn the container every so often.

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Remove chicken from marinade, placing the marinade into a pot. Set aside.

In a separate pan, heat the margarine over high heat. Add the chicken, skin side down, taking care not to splatter the hot margarine.

Sear the chicken about 4 to 6 minutes or until the skin is nice and crisp. As long as your heat is right, the skin may seem like it is sticking a little but it will release once it’s perfectly seared.

Place the pot of marinade over a medium flame and boil it about 30 minutes or until it reduces by at least half and is syrupy. Make sure it doesn’t burn.

Skim continuously to remove the chicken impurities that will rise to the surface.

Remove the chicken to a baking pan. Bake chicken, skin side up, for 40 minutes or until cooked through. Serve with sauce dribbled over it. Suggested accompaniment: spinach rice.

Makes 6 servings.

Note: Pomegranate juice and syrup may be found at health-food stores or stores specializing in Mediterranean, Indian or Persian foods. You may also ask your supermarket to special-order the items.

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