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Pomegranate Barbecue Chicken

Pomegranates are a traditional Rosh Hashanah food. This recipe Chicken calls for two chickens, enough for a crowd. If you decide to make only one, you can save the extra barbecue sauce for another day, or another dish.


  • Prep Time : 20 min
  • Cook Time : 40 min
  • Ready Time : 1 hour




  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons mustard (yellow or Dijon)
  • ¼ cup pomegranate molasses
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 chickens, cut up into eighths
  • Pomegranate seeds, for garnish


1 Preheat the oven to 425° F.
2 Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy saucepan. Sauté the garlic slices until golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
3 Sauté the chopped onions in saucepan until translucent.
4 Add the ketchup, mustard, pomegranate molasses, and honey to the onions. Add the cooked garlic. Mix the sauce well and bring to a boil. Stir occasionally until thickened.
5 Lay out the chicken pieces in a roasting pan in a single layer and season with salt and pepper.
6 Thickly brush each piece of chicken with the pomegranate barbecue sauce.
7 Cook in preheated oven for 30–40 minutes until juices run clear when pierced with a knife, or until a meat thermometer
registers 160° F. Garnish with the pomegranate seeds.

COOKING TIP: If you don’t have pomegranate molasses, you can substitute 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar plus 1 tablespoon pomegranate syrup.

About Rachel Harkham


This mother of three, wife of one lives in Rockland County, NY. Her articles and recipes on simple, healthy family fare can be found in the About Our Children insert in the Bergen County Jewish Standard. Rachel recently co-authored the cookbook Get Cooking - Jewish American Family Cookbook with children's musician Mama Doni. For more about Rachel go to reciperachel.com.




6 Responses to Pomegranate Barbecue Chicken

  1. avatar says: nava

    hey, do you live in israel? can you read hebrew?

    • avatar says: elana

      Nava – to whom is your comment directed??

  2. avatar says: elana

    recipe looks and sounds terrific. where does one purchase pomegranate molasses or pomegranate syrup??

    • avatar says: bb

      Middle Eastern grocery stores have it.

  3. avatar says: sf

    I’ve never come across pomegranate molasses where I live but I did find recipes for it online and I’ve used this one (it’s delicious) http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/pomegranate_molasses/

  4. You can purchase it on Amazon.com and Wal-mart.com

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