Working on this pomegranate theme, I wanted to create an extra-special, super tasty main dish. My efforts paid off! This recipe for pomegranate chicken thighs was such a regal treat I've dedicated it to a couple of really classy royals, The Shah of Iran and his glamorous Shahbanu Farah Diba.

At the risk of going a little Marge Schott on this, one might say the Pahlavis were "good in the beginning but went too far."  And how can you help but love those Imperial Crowns? Or dream of their banquet tables sparkling with Limoges and Baccarat in palatial chambers decorated by Maison Jansen?  BTW Maison Jansen were the taste makers commissioned by Jacqueline Kennedy for her White House makeover. And since the Pahlavis were pals with the Nixons, could they really have been all that bad? 

Partnered with Pomegranate Confetti Cous Cous, the reign of Chicken Thighs Shah of Iran was short-lived on the plate, being so tasty they were devoured in short order. But with proper decorum, don't get the wrong idea. Roasted butternut squash and cauliflower added a touch of the common man, befitting the monarch's abiding respect for his subjects.

I suppose peacock thighs would have been more authentic but alas, that was not to be. 


The marinade:
Juice of 4 limes
a 2" piece of ginger, grated (see ginger grater below)
1/4 c. soy sauce
1/3 c. olive oil
4 cloves of garlic, chopped
3 T. white wine vinegar
2 T. honey
2 T. pomegranate molasses
1/4 c. pomegranate juice
a couple good grinds of black pepper

Marinate a dozen or so large chicken thighs — bone optional but with the skin on please — for four hours or more.

Grill the chicken over medium heat, until just done. Place on a baking tray, cover with foil, and keep in a warm oven until ready to serve.

To serve, brush each thigh, skin-side up, with more pomegranate molasses. Run under the broiler briefly.

Garnish with frizzled shallots — thin thin thin shallot slices fried in hot oil for a minute or so, making wispy little tangles of mild oniony crunch. 












Make a confetti of red, yellow and orange bell peppers and sliced scallions. Sweat over medium-low heat in a generous amount of butter for 20 minutes.  Before making the cous cous, pre-treat the required amount of chicken broth with a chipotle pepper. Add the dried pepper to the broth, bring to a boil then remove from the heat and set aside for an hour or so to enrich the broth.

I like the larger beads of Israeli cous cous, they're just as easy as the more common smaller grains. Remove the pepper from the broth, bring to the boil. I used 4 cups of broth, 2 cups of cous cous. Stir in 1 cup of fresh pomegranate seeds when you add the cous cous to the boiling broth.  When you're ready to serve, fluff up the cous cous, working in the confetti of peppers and scallion. 

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Written by on November 10, 2010 under ALL RECIPES, Kitchen Gadgets, Main Dishes, Party foods, Side Dish.

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  • http://thehospitalityguru.com.au Anna Johnston

    This was worth waiting for, so, so good 😉

    • http://www.spectacularlydelicious.com Sean

      A sucker for royalty, what can I say?

  • http://twitter.com/CharlesGT Charles G Thompson

    Always so grand you are, and I love it. Very nice dedication. They were the epitome of royalty now, weren’t they? Too bad you weren’t able to source peasant thighs. I’m sure chicken works just fine.

    • http://www.spectacularlydelicious.com Sean

      My Persian friends always impress me with their style and sophistication. E.g. that Persian Pink Grapefruit Marmalade seems just a glimpse into a wonderful culinary tradition.

  • http://dmmfoodie.wordpress.com/ Denise Michaels

    Where do you find “pomegranate molasses?” I came across another recipe for a salad dressing 2-3 years ago that included a little of it and couldn’t find it anywhere. As pomegranates have become more popular and widespread maybe I’ll see if I can find it at Whole Foods.

    • http://www.spectacularlydelicious.com Sean

      In a specialty food store — not fancy, a funky one, in Seattle across from
      Pike’s Market. I was on a trip (am a NYer). Mu bottle came from Lebanon.
      I’d check out middle eastern stores if you can — you’re more likely to
      get an authentic old brand rather some fancy new lable WF version at 4x the
      price… I think you can boil down regular juice until it thickens (the
      ingredients on the molasses jar just says pomegranate juice). BTW this same
      little store was where I also found the Mexican huitlacoche. Wish we had a
      place like that here.

  • Mary Pat

    First, I do know how to spell gorgeous. Now, I am going to make the shallots. Yum.

    • http://www.spectacularlydelicious.com Sean

      They are like canned fried onions only better.

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