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Roasted Pomegranate Chicken

This is a favorite Rosh Hashanah dish of Moroccan Jews. Because of their many seeds, pomegranates symbolize the hope that in the year ahead, Jews will be able to perform many worthy deeds, or mitzvahs.

4 SERVINGS

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 (3 1/2 to 4-pound) chicken, quartered
  • 1 pomegranate, halved
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon sugar
  • Salt and pepper
1. Preheat oven to 375 F. In a cup, mix oil and garlic. Brush garlic oil over chicken.

2. Place chicken in a shallow baking dish. Drizzle any remaining oil over chicken. Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes, basting several times with pan juices, until skin is browned and juices run clear when a thigh is pierced at thickest part with a fork.

3. Remove 1 tablespoon seeds from pomegranate. Set aside for garnish. Squeeze juice form remaining pomegranate through a sieve into a small bowl.

4. In a small nonreactive saucepan, mix pomegranate juice, wine, lemon juice, and cinnamon sugar. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and cook 5 minutes. Season sauce with salt and pepper to taste.

5. Transfer roasted chicken to a serving platter and pierce each piece several times. Pour sauce over chicken. Garnish with pomegranate seeds and serve at room temperature.

This recipe is from Everyday Cooking for the Jewish Home by Ethel G. Hofman and has been reprinted with permission from the author.
© Ethel G. Hofman.






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