Chicken/ Hearty Dinners

Pomegranate Chicken

July 6, 2021 by Chris Collins

This Pomegranate Chicken is sweet, sticky, tangy and loaded with so much flavour. Plus, it couldn’t be easier to make!

Although it might seem like an odd concoction, I promise it totally works. If you love pomegranate and love chicken there’s no way you won’t love this combo. No fancy ingredients and it’s incredibly simple to make. Follow me…

overhead shot of pomegranate chicken in small white bowl served with couscous

Chicken Thigh

I love using chicken thigh for this recipe, but in reality chicken breast would work too. Thigh just tends to be a little more tender/juicy. In both cases you’ll want them boneless and skinless, just so you can easily dice into chunks.

Coating in Flour

One of the key steps in prepping the chicken is coating it in seasoned flour. This not only helps build up a crunchy crust to the chicken, but it also helps the sauce wrap around the chicken. Have you ever made a gorgeous sauce for chicken and it just slides right off? Yep, we’ve all been there. You want the sauce to wrap around the chicken, and the flour will help with this by sucking in and clinging on to the sauce.

Process shots: add flour and seasoning to a bowl (photo 1), stir to combine (photo 2), add chicken (photo 3), mix to combine (photo 4), add to pan with butter and oil (photo 5), fry until golden all over (photo 6).

6 step by step photos showing how to coat chicken in flour

Pomegranate Sauce for Chicken

When it comes to the sauce, like I mentioned earlier, you don’t need any fancy ingredients. In fact you don’t even need pomegranate molasses, which a lot of similar recipes use. Mainly because I can never find it at my local supermarket, but IMO you really don’t need it anyway. The bulk of the sauce comes from Pomegranate Juice.

What kind of Pomegranate Juice to use?

You want to use a 100% Pomegranate juice. Don’t use a reduced sugar version, it’ll completely alter the flavour of the sauce. Do try and get a quality brand too. I personally use Pom Wonderful 100 pomegranate juice which works nicely.

Alongside the pomegranate juice the next most prominent ingredient is honey. This is necessary to balance out the tart, sour tones of the pomegranate. It also helps the sauce go silky too!

Tomato Paste

I know this might sound like a peculiar addition, but it’s a really important one. The tomato paste helps deepen the flavour of the sauce. The sauce is a little one tone with just pomegranate juice, honey and a few other additions. The tomato paste helps add a savoury note to the sauce, without being too overpowering.

Thickening the sauce

You want the sauce nice and glossy. Slightly thick, just enough to drizzle over the chicken. The honey and even the tomato paste will help thicken the sauce, but you really need to add a cornstarch slurry to help along the way. This is simply a combination of cornstarch/cornflour and cold water, which when whisked into the hot sauce will help thicken it.

Process shots: remove chicken and melt in butter (photo 1), fry shallot, garlic & ginger (photo 2), fry tomato paste (photo 3), pour in balsamic vinegar, pomegranate juice, honey and cornstarch slurry (photo 4), add in chicken (photo 5), mix in pomegranate seeds (photo 6).

6 step by step photos showing how to make pomegranate chicken

close up shot of spoon digging into pomegranate chicken in skillet

Serving Pomegranate Chicken

You’ll mix pomegranate seeds (aka pomegranate arils) into the sauce, but it’s also nice to sprinkle a few over the top too. I also love sprinkling over fresh parsley. Not only for a pop of colour, but it really brings the flavour of the dish together. I actually tend to serve this with couscous, but rice would work just as well.

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Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full recipe for this pomegranate chicken shall we?

close up shot of pomegranate chicken in small white bowl on wooden board

How to make Pomegranate Chicken (Full Recipe & Video)

overhead shot of pomegranate chicken in small white bowl served with couscous

Pomegranate Chicken

This Pomegranate Chicken is sweet, sticky, tangy and loaded with so much flavour. Plus, it couldn't be easier to make
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Servings (click & slide): 4
Course: Dinner / Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Calories per serving: 376kcal
Cost per serving: £2.50 / $3

Equipment:

  • Large Frying Pan & Wooden Spoon
  • Medium Sized Mixing Bowl & Tongs
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
  • Whisk

Ingredients (check list):

Chicken

  • 1lb / 500g Boneless Skinless Chicken Thigh, diced into large bite sized pieces (see notes)
  • 1/3 cup / 50g Plain Flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp EACH: Paprika, Cinnamon, Garlic Powder, Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp EACH: Butter, Olive Oil

Pomegranate Sauce

  • 1 cup / 240ml Pomegranate Juice (see notes)
  • 1/3 cup / 90g Honey
  • 1/3 cup Pomegranate Seeds (Arils)
  • 1 tbsp Tomato Paste (Tomato Puree in UK)
  • 2 tsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 tsp Cornstarch/Cornflour
  • 1/2 tsp finely diced Ginger
  • 1 large Shallot, very finely diced
  • 1 clove of Garlic, finely diced
  • Fresh Parsley, to serve

Instructions:

  • Prep Chicken: In a medium sized mixing bowl combine flour, paprika, cinnamon, garlic powder, salt and black pepper. Add in diced chicken and mix to fully coat.
  • Cook Chicken: Add 1 tbsp butter and olive oil to a large pan over medium-high heat. Once the butter has melted, stir it to combine with the oil then add in and space out the chicken. Leave to fry until crispy and deep golden on one side, then flip the pieces and cook the other side until crisp/lightly charred, with the centre piping hot. Remove from pan and turn heat down to medium.
  • Sauce: Melt in 1/2 tbsp butter then add in shallots, garlic and ginger. Fry until soft and just beginning to brown, then stir in tomato paste and fry for another 1-2mins. Pour in pomegranate juice, balsamic vinegar and honey. Stir to combine and bring to a gentle simmer.
  • Thicken: In a small pot to one side combine 2 tsp cornstarch with 2 tsp cold water. Pour into the sauce and immediately whisk to combine. Keep on a gentle simmer for 5 or so mins, stirring somewhat frequently until the sauce begins to thicken. Check for seasoning and adjust accordingly.
  • Serve: Stir in chicken and pomegranate seeds, then stir to fully coat. Serve with finely diced fresh parsley and enjoy!

Quick 1 min demo!

Notes:

a) Chicken - You can sub breast if that's what you fancy, it's just not quite as juicy/tender. You could even use whole chicken thighs with the skin on & bone in. Still coat in flour and fry skin-side-down first, then flip and lower the heat slightly to cook until piping hot through the centre. I just personally like this recipe with smaller chunks.
b) Pomegranate Juice - You'll want to use a 100% pomegranate juice. Don't use low sugar alternatives. Try and also grab a good quality brand. I recommend Pom Wonderful 100 Pomegranate Juice.
c) Serving - I usually serve with couscous, but rice would work just as well! I do recommend the parsley, not just as a fancy garnish, but it does round off the flavour of the dish nicely. Plus it's nice for a pop of colour!
d) Calories - whole recipe divided by 4 with no sides:

Nutrition:

Nutrition Facts
Pomegranate Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 376 Calories from Fat 103
% Daily Value*
Fat 11.41g18%
Saturated Fat 3.623g18%
Trans Fat 0.141g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.626g
Monounsaturated Fat 4.972g
Cholesterol 114mg38%
Sodium 724mg30%
Potassium 534mg15%
Carbohydrates 45.27g15%
Fiber 1.3g5%
Sugar 33.95g38%
Protein 24.21g48%
Vitamin A 257IU5%
Vitamin C 4.3mg5%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 1.92mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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