Pomegranate-Walnut Chicken

Pomegranate-Walnut Chicken


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This special dish is great year-round, but especially around the Jewish high holidays.

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Serving Size / Yield

8 servings


  • 3 1/2 lb. chicken
  • 2 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 C. ground walnuts
  • 1/3 C. hot water
  • 2 Tbs. lemon juice
  • 2 C. pomegranate juice
  • 1 Tbs. tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper
  • 2 Tbs. sugar

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Brown the chicken in the vegetable oil and remove to drain on a paper towel. Brown the chopped onion in the same oil.

In another pan, brown the walnuts, stirring constantly, without using any shortening. When brown, add the onion. Then slowly add the hot water so that the mixture does not stick. It should not be too liquid, more like a paste. Then add the lemon juice, pomegranate juice, tomato paste, salt, pepper, and sugar, stirring with a spoon. When well mixed, add the chicken.

Bring the mixture just to the point of boiling (but not a hard boil). Decrease to a simmer and let cook, covered, until the chicken is very tender (about 45 minutes). If the sauce is not thick enough, remove the chicken and boil the liquid down until the desired thickness is reached, stirring as it cooks.

When ready to serve, place the chicken on a dish, pour the sauce over, and serve with a chelou or plain rice.

Variations: This recipe can be made from duck, partridge, chicken, lamb, or veal hind shin, shoulder, or ground meat. You can purchase pomegranate syrup in a Middle-Eastern grocery and you can sometimes find pomegranate juice there too.

From: "The Jewish Holiday Kitchen" by Joan Nathan

Reviews (1)

  • I made it twice. First time I used pomegranate sauce, second- pomegranate juice. Both times the taste was a bit different. I recommend making this dish with the pomegranate sauce. It won't be easy to find it though... I think it can be substituted with pomegranate molasses, but lesser amount should be used. Also, the amount of onion in the recipe was a bit too much for my family's taste. Overall, it is a very nice and delicious dish.

    Flag as inappropriate tgwalsh1  |  January 8, 2010

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