Middle Eastern Chicken

Middle Eastern Chicken

If you never cooked with pomegranate molasses, start with this recipe. Pomegranate molasses is a middle eastern barbecue sauce, if you will. It has a tangy, slightly sweet and slightly sour taste. I became interested in middle eastern cuisine few months ago. I always loved the food, but never really tried cooking it at home and pomegranate molasses quickly became my secret ingredient. It makes everything taste slightly exotic and delicious. The list of the ingredients for this recipe is long, but the process is simple: marinate, roast, and serve. The result is this sweet and tangy chicken that been marinaded in orange juice, pomegranate molasses, walnuts, cumin, cardamom and fresh herbs. Wonderful served on rice or couscous, or with flatbreads and a side salad.

Note: You can find pomegranate molasses at any Middle Eastern food store, and some of the wider-ranging supermarkets or you can buy it online at Kalamala.com.

Serves 4

Preparation time: 15 minutes plus 1 day of marinating

Cooking time: 50 minutes


  • 8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, trimmed of excess fat and patted dry ( I had about 3 pounds)
  • 3/4 cup white wine ( or chicken stock)
  • 1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses

For marinade:

  • 1/2 cup raw walnuts
  • 1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper or to taste
  • 1/2 cup rough chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed mint leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Combine all the ingredients for the marinade in the food processor and pulse it to grind. Pour over the chicken, toss, and marinade for at least 8 hours and up to 24 hours in the refrigerator.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Whisk together the wine and molasses and pour over the meat. Place in the oven and cook for 50 minutes, basting 2 or 3 times, until the meat is golden brown on top and cooked through.
  3. Remove from the oven, transfer everything to a large platter and serve. Serving suggestions: rice, couscous, pita or lavash bread, tomato cucumber salad.


This will be my entry for Fiesta Friday this week!

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    April 25, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Woow…. looks very delicious 🙂

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    Butter, Basil and Breadcrumbs
    April 25, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Oh wow..this is fabulous! What absolutely wonderful flavors! You have me totally interested in the pomegranate molasses..I definately have to search for that!
    This is an awesome dish to bring to Fiesta Friday’s table… I am so glad you did..thank you so much!
    Its nice to meet you..:-)

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      April 25, 2014 at 2:54 pm

      i hope you do! thanks for stopping by and checking my post! Olga

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    April 25, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    My goodness! Pomegranate molasses, walnuts, cumin, cardamom, these are intoxicating flavours, what a fabulous recipe! 🙂

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    Sheri Fox
    April 25, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Wow this looks so yummy! Bone in, skin on chicken thighs – a girl after my own heart. I used pomegranate syrup with lemon on lamb kabobs and loved it but haven’t been able to find more. I use agave nectar but it doesn’t have that nice tang. Thx for sharing, I’ll be trying this! Sheri 🙂

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      April 25, 2014 at 5:35 pm

      Thanks! I think for some recipes it’s better to use dark meat and this is one of them. I just updated my post where to buy pomegranate molasses online, if you can’t find it in the grocery store. Thanks for stoping by and checking my post:)

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        Sheri Fox
        April 25, 2014 at 6:16 pm

        Great I’ll have a look, thanks!

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    April 25, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    This chicken sounds wonderful! 🙂

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    April 25, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    I agree pomegranate molasses is such a heavy lifter ingredient . . . a little bit transforms so many dishes. I can’t remember why I first bought some, but nowadays I sneak it into just about everything . . . even on top of oatmeal. These are some of my favorite flavors in this chicken dish of yours — citrus, cumin, mint . . . . mmmmm. Thank you!

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      April 25, 2014 at 7:02 pm

      Thanks! I am glad you liked my post:) thanks for stopping by!

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    April 25, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Brilliant! Never heard of pomegranate molasses but using this a bbq sauce is a great answer for people who don’t eat nightshades (like tomato). I will be trying this!

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    Kloesunny @ Kloe's Kitchen
    April 25, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    My doesn’t this look good!! I bet it was amazing! Thanks for sharing!

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      April 25, 2014 at 8:18 pm

      Thanks! It really was delicious! I thought that the flavors came well together! Thanks for checking my post:)

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    April 25, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    wow! Interesting recipe…I have never tried pomegranate molasses before but seems like I definitely need to give it a try!

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      April 25, 2014 at 8:43 pm

      Thanks! I think it’s a great addition, please give it a try:) thanks for stopping by!

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    April 26, 2014 at 5:33 am

    I LOVE Middle Eastern food and this looks and sounds so delicious! I think that pomegranate molasses is available at Trader Joe’s- right? Hope so… I will give this a try!!

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      April 26, 2014 at 8:19 am

      Thanks! I hope you do! I am not sure about Trader Joe’s, but if you can’t find it in your local grocery store, I posted a link where to buy online.

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    April 26, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Thank you for stopping by my blog. You know how to dish up your food on a plate. It’s like a pro! It looks so delicious.^^

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    Maulshri Mitra
    April 26, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    This is such a good recipe and i love chicken in all forms and middle eastern cuisine is one of my favourites, this recipe is for keepsXx

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    April 26, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Oh, I love Middle Eastern food and I love your recipe! This has my name all over it!! Yum! 😀

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      April 26, 2014 at 1:53 pm

      Thanks! Appreciate your comment, I am glad you liked this recipe!

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    April 26, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    The marinade sounds delicious…lovely mix of flavors!

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    Patty Nguyen
    April 27, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    The skin on that chicken looks perfect, Olga! Delish!!

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      April 27, 2014 at 8:25 pm

      Thanks Patty! Pomegranate molasses gave the chicken this deep color.

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    April 28, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Wow! Pomegranate molasses sounds delicious! I have never heard of it…yum!

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      April 28, 2014 at 3:26 pm

      Oh, you should try it! It makes everything taste better! Thanks for stopping by!

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    Sylvia @superfoodista.com
    April 28, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    This looks simply delicious! Thanks for stopping by my blog so I could discover yours! So many delicious and creative recipes and gorgeous photos! Looking forward to read more from you! 😉 hugs

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      April 28, 2014 at 8:39 pm

      Thanks Sylvia! I appreciate your comment:) thanks for stopping by and checking my blog!!!

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    Sheri Burney
    May 7, 2014 at 7:30 am

    Pomegranate molasses? I need it in my life right now! Thanks for visiting my blog in it’s baby phase

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      May 7, 2014 at 2:51 pm

      It’s great on pretty much anything:) thanks for stopping by!

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