Chicken Thighs with Pomegranate Molasses

25 Apr

The Curry Monster came knocking at my door recently. Does he visit your house too? If I allowed him to, he’d take up permanent residence with me but I don’t think Big Man would be overjoyed. He likes curry, but doesn’t have quite the same love affair with it as I do. Fair enough, two’s company, three’s a crowd! Sometimes I come across a dish like this which presses all the buttons for a curry lover and a curry liker alike. If you’re still with me, I’m sure that makes perfect sense…

The Curry Monster told me that he also fancied the tang of pomegranate molasses. I know, it just gets weirder and weirder. None of my old favourite books could help, so I went a-googling and I came across not only a fabulous recipe (which I adapted a little) but also an amazing blog. Do pop over, there’s plenty to enjoy.

Chicken with Pomegranate Molasses (4)

Ingredients (to serve 2-3 people)

  • 6 chicken thighs, skin on
  • 200mls thick yoghurt/ Greek yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp gram flour/ chickpea flour
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • ½ tbsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp chilli powder (or less if you want a mild flavour)
  • 110mls pomegranate molasses
  • ½ tsp garam masala powder
  • Salt to taste

Add the gram flour and the yoghurt in a bowl. Mix well to get rid of any lumps to form a thick paste. Next add the ginger and garlic pastes, chilli powder, molasses and the garam masala powder and salt. Add the chicken and mix well making sure to coat them well in the thick marinade. Leave to marinate for a few hours or overnight.

Preheat the oven to 200c/ Gas mark 6. Line a baking tin with foil and put the chicken and marinade in. Roast for approx 40 mins (until the juices run clear when the thigh is pierced) basting half way through cooking. I found that I had lots of lovely sauce which I love, Big Man less so. I drained the sauce off and gave the meat a further 5 minutes in the oven then served the chicken sprinkled with chopped coriander and the sauce on the side.

Serve with your favourite Indian bread, plain boiled rice and whatever else the Curry Monster tells you to cook.


66 Responses to “Chicken Thighs with Pomegranate Molasses”

  1. Danny & Sue April 25, 2015 at 11:01 #

    Mmmmmmmm, will have to try this one, from one curry addict to another. Danny says he is going to try it in the next few days.

  2. Mad Dog April 25, 2015 at 12:38 #

    That sounds like Ottolenghi meets Indian cuisine. I seem to remember him using pomegranate molasses in his Jerusalem show. It looks delicious 😉

    • Chica Andaluza April 25, 2015 at 14:30 #

      I like the idea of Ottolenghi meeting Indian cuisine! Yes, he uses a lot of pomegranate molasses, I think he was the one who got me started on them 🙂

      • Mad Dog April 25, 2015 at 14:43 #

        That could be an interesting TV programme 😉

      • Chica Andaluza April 25, 2015 at 16:44 #

        J Let’s pitch it!

      • Mad Dog April 25, 2015 at 17:21 #


  3. 76sanfermo April 25, 2015 at 14:24 #

    I underlined this recipe to just prepare it as soon as possible!

  4. K @ Peeled Wellness April 25, 2015 at 15:10 #

    I love the mix of savory and sweet in this dish- I’ve never paired pomegranate with chicken before. Thanks for sharing!
    Xoxo K

  5. Cecilia Mary Gunther April 25, 2015 at 17:57 #

    We are eating lots of curries lately as I scrounge around in the bottom of the freezer for the last of the meat. It NEEDS big helpings of curry flavours.. I have that molasses too! so all good.. c

    • Chica Andaluza April 25, 2015 at 17:58 #

      Ooh give it a go (or a version of it) I think you’ll enjoy it!

  6. Peri's Spice Ladle April 25, 2015 at 19:25 #

    Oh delicious! Chickpea flour, ground chili and garam masala…it’s an amazing mix of spices:) love it.

    • Chica Andaluza April 25, 2015 at 19:47 #

      It was such a great flavour – delicate but distinct!

  7. restlessjo April 25, 2015 at 20:00 #

    You find some great recipes, Tanya. I rather like the sound of this 🙂

    • Chica Andaluza April 27, 2015 at 16:57 #

      Thanks Jo – I wasn’t sure if I could even make it work, but I did and it was delish!

  8. Amanda | What's Cooking April 25, 2015 at 20:32 #

    This sounds so good. A perfect weeknight meal with such great flavors.

    • Chica Andaluza April 27, 2015 at 16:57 #

      It was wonderful – not complicated but packed with gorgeous flavours!

  9. narf77 April 25, 2015 at 20:59 #

    I love anything Indian. The very first port of call that vegans make when they jump off the meat ship is to Indian cuisine, closely followed by Asian. We then learn about just how amazing the Mediterranean cuisine is when it comes to treating veggies with respect. It’s a learning process. Pomegranate molasses is something we can’t get here in Tassie BUT I have a recipe! Who needs a bottle in a shop when you can make your own…now… first source your pomegranates…sigh… 😉

    • Chica Andaluza April 27, 2015 at 16:56 #

      Bet you’ll soon be flooded with Pomegranate Molasses in Tassie – once these things become “trendy” everyone jumps on the bandwagon, but I promise this is something that it worth searching out. Imagine it would be amazing with most veggies J

  10. Eha April 26, 2015 at 03:06 #

    Well thanks for telling me where that Curry Monster is . . . ’cause he firmly told me he would stay at home this time!!!!! Great recipe and quite a new way for me and . . . . tho’ I have managed to curtail 70% of my blogroll since the beginning of the year as I just cannot manage time – guess what: of course I subscribed and ‘thank you’ to both!!

    • Chica Andaluza April 27, 2015 at 16:55 #

      That Curry Monster is a cheeky little so and so! Glad you’re enjoying the recipes Eha J

  11. TheDorsetFinca April 26, 2015 at 08:05 #

    I think I need to be a bit more adventurous with my curry cooking. I tend to shy away from anything that might be too hot… However Mr DF is getting a little bored with constant korma and this recipe looks great!

    • Chica Andaluza April 27, 2015 at 16:54 #

      I promise this is not hot – just packed with lovely flavours!

  12. Jasline @ Foodie Baker April 26, 2015 at 09:04 #

    Never knew there is this ingredient called pomegranate molasses until today! Those chicken thighs look so succulent and so delicious!

    • Chica Andaluza April 27, 2015 at 16:53 #

      It was new to me until fairly recently – it’s become quite fashionable but in a good way – such amazing flavour!

  13. thecompletebook April 26, 2015 at 10:49 #

    Just loved your opening paragraph Tanya! 🙂 And Pete and I would love your curry too!
    Have a beautiful week ahead.
    🙂 Mandy xo

    • Chica Andaluza April 27, 2015 at 16:53 #

      Aha – you can relate to The Curry Monster too then I think!

  14. themateriallady April 26, 2015 at 11:33 #

    Oh, yummy. I am going to Birmingham markets tomorrow so will pick up more ginger (and loads of other stuff) and I have a bottle of pomegranate molasses in the cupboard just waiting for this. Thanks Tanya!

    • Chica Andaluza April 27, 2015 at 16:53 #

      Birmingham is such a great place to buy what you need for a curry. I used to live in Tooting (SW London) which was also brilliant!

      • themateriallady April 27, 2015 at 20:37 #

        You just have to remember that the market is closed on Monday 😬

      • Chica Andaluza April 27, 2015 at 22:35 #

        Oh Noooooooooo L

  15. Rachel April 26, 2015 at 14:54 #

    Oh wow… this sounds mighty fine! Mmmm… and I just happen to have some pomegranate molasses in the fridge (heeheehee… yes I do!).

    • Chica Andaluza April 27, 2015 at 16:52 #

      Oh good – I know it’s not easy to buy pomegranate molasses everywhere!

  16. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide April 26, 2015 at 17:00 #

    Another ingredient I need to remember to buy. This looks fantastic.

    • Chica Andaluza April 27, 2015 at 16:51 #

      Do hope you buy some Greg – it’s quite addictive and I’m sure it could be used in some of your wonderful cocktails!

  17. Food,Photography & France April 26, 2015 at 17:38 #

    Pomegranate molasses are one of my favourite ingredients….middle eastern flavours add so much to simple dishes…lovely recipe:)

    • Chica Andaluza April 27, 2015 at 16:51 #

      Such a wonderful ingredient – it transforms dishes!

  18. Gather and Graze April 27, 2015 at 04:21 #

    Oooh, this sounds great Tanya! Always looking for extra uses for my pomegranate molasses and I’m sure this would be one that the whole family would enjoy!

    • Chica Andaluza April 27, 2015 at 16:50 #

      It was certainly an all round favourite here, hope it’s the same in your home!

  19. PendleStitches April 27, 2015 at 09:17 #

    Cuuuuurrrrrrrryyyyyy! Yum! And thanks for the link…what an amazing site!

  20. Tortilla for tea April 27, 2015 at 12:20 #

    I regularly have the curry monster at my house; unfortunately it’s usually just for me, so I have to tone down my spicy recipes. Pomegranate molasses would be a good addition though to make my curry dishes more appealing to the rest of my family! Also, thanks for mentioning Maunika Gowardhan’s blog, she has some great recipes too.

    • Chica Andaluza April 27, 2015 at 12:27 #

      It’s a shame we dont’ share our homes with other curry lovers but good that we find ways around the issue! It’s a lovely blog isn’t it?!

  21. frugalfeeding April 27, 2015 at 13:28 #

    Beautiful! Pomegranate molasses are fantastic too; what flavour!

    • Chica Andaluza April 27, 2015 at 16:49 #

      Thanks Frugal – I’m a big fan of pomegranate molasses!

  22. Our Growing Paynes April 27, 2015 at 16:45 #

    Oooh perfect timing. My husband and I just saw pomegranate molasses at our co-op but didn’t know what it could be used for! Fabulous! 😉

    • Chica Andaluza April 27, 2015 at 16:49 #

      I got into using it through my Ottolenghi cookbooks – it’s wonderful stuff!

  23. Foodfhonebook April 27, 2015 at 17:34 #

    Reblogged this on Foodfhonebook.

  24. The Seas Of Mintaka May 2, 2015 at 21:38 #

    I love chicken, my son not so much. But my son has to eat what I say haha. So I’m sure this meal will be coming up this week! Yum!

  25. Raden May 5, 2015 at 07:38 #

    I think this article is interisting to me because I love food that uses chicken as its material essence, thank you for the recipe

  26. Food Lombok Island May 26, 2015 at 04:35 #

    Thanks for prescription food. but why nicknamed The Monster Curry ?

  27. Raden May 31, 2015 at 23:23 #

    I love the cuisine that uses chicken as its material essence, thank you have shared the recipe to use, another time you can try dishes from recipes such as chicken rica rica, opor ayam, chicken soup and more.

  28. Jaketanakkarakter July 1, 2015 at 10:27 #

    I really wanna make this food hihi maybe I’ll tell my mom about this recipe then my mom helps me to make this food

  29. Jaketanakkarakter July 10, 2015 at 14:35 #


  30. Suci Purnamasari March 3, 2016 at 07:02 #

    food makes me drool for a very tasty meal like that 🙂

  31. Debby Aripianusari April 23, 2016 at 04:39 #

    hmm, eat meat with the aroma of delicious meal , I like it 🙂


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