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Milk Street Bowtie Garlicky Spiced Chicken and Potato Traybake with Pomegranate Molasses

Garlicky Spiced Chicken and Potato Traybake with Pomegranate Molasses

Appears in May-June 2020

1 hour 10 minutes 20 minutes active

Garlicky Spiced Chicken and Potato Traybake with Pomegranate Molasses

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This meal-in-one is our adaptation of a recipe in “The Palestinian Table” by Reem Kassis, which she prepared for us on a recent trip to Galilee. In lieu of seasoning the chicken and potatoes with the Kassis family’s nine-spice blend, we make a simpler mixture from a few select ground spices. And to make a simple but flavorful sauce, we roast a handful of garlic cloves with the chicken and potatoes, then mash the softened cloves directly on the pan before deglazing with water. Dark, syrupy pomegranate molasses has a fruity, floral, tart-sweet taste that complements the fragrant spices and as well as the caramelization that results from roasting. Look for it in the international aisle of the supermarket or in Middle Eastern grocery stores. If not available, substitute with 1 teaspoon each lemon juice and honey in the seasoning mixture and serve with lemon wedges.

4

Servings

Tip

Don’t use boneless, skinless chicken parts, as they will overcook. Also, make sure to put the garlic cloves at the center of the baking sheet, where they’re protected from the oven’s high heat, so they don’t wind up scorched.

1 hour 10 minutes

20 minutes active

¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons pomegranate molasses (see note), plus more to serve
1 tablespoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon ground coriander
¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
⅛ teaspoon ground cardamom
Kosher salt and ground black pepper
3 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken parts, trimmed and patted dry
1½ pounds medium to large red potatoes, unpeeled, cut into 1½-inch-thick wedges
8 medium garlic cloves, peeled
Fresh flat-leaf parsley, to serve
Ingredients
  • ¼
  • 2

    teaspoons pomegranate molasses (see note), plus more to serve

  • 1

    tablespoon ground allspice

  • 1

    teaspoon ground coriander

  • ¾
  • teaspoon ground cardamom

  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper

  • 3

    pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken parts, trimmed and patted dry

  • pounds medium to large red potatoes, unpeeled, cut into 1½-inch-thick wedges

  • 8

    medium garlic cloves, peeled

  • Fresh flat-leaf parsley, to serve

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Garlicky Spiced Chicken and Potato Traybake with Pomegranate Molasses

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4

Servings

1 hour 10 minutes

20 minutes active

Tip

Don’t use boneless, skinless chicken parts, as they will overcook. Also, make sure to put the garlic cloves at the center of the baking sheet, where they’re protected from the oven’s high heat, so they don’t wind up scorched.

Ingredients
  • ¼
  • 2

    teaspoons pomegranate molasses (see note), plus more to serve

  • 1

    tablespoon ground allspice

  • 1

    teaspoon ground coriander

  • ¾
  • teaspoon ground cardamom

  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper

  • 3

    pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken parts, trimmed and patted dry

  • pounds medium to large red potatoes, unpeeled, cut into 1½-inch-thick wedges

  • 8

    medium garlic cloves, peeled

  • Fresh flat-leaf parsley, to serve

Step 1 of 4

Season Chicken and Potatoes

¼
cup extra-virgin olive oil
2
teaspoons pomegranate molasses
1
tablespoon ground allspice
1
teaspoon ground coriander
¾
teaspoon ground cinnamon
teaspoon ground cardamom
Kosher salt and ground black pepper
3
pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken parts, trimmed and patted dry
pounds medium to large red potatoes, unpeeled, cut into 1½-inch-thick wedges

In a large bowl, stir together the oil, molasses, allspice, coriander, cinnamon, cardamom, 4 teaspoons salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Add the chicken and potatoes, then toss to coat. Set aside at room temperature while the oven heats.

Step 2 of 4

Arrange Baking Sheet

8
medium garlic cloves, peeled

Heat the oven to 450°F with a rack in the middle position. Place the garlic cloves in the center of a rimmed baking sheet. Arrange the chicken parts, skin up, around the garlic; this prevents the garlic from scorching during roasting. Arrange the potatoes evenly around the chicken.

Step 3 of 4

Roast Chicken and Potatoes

Roast until the thickest part of the breast (if using) reaches about 160°F and the thickest part of the largest thigh/leg (if using) reaches about 175°F, 30 to 40 minutes.

Step 4 of 4

Finish and Serve

Kosher salt and ground black pepper
Pomegranate molasses, to serve
Fresh flat-leaf parsley, to serve

Using tongs, transfer the chicken and potatoes to a platter, leaving the garlic on the baking sheet. With a fork, mash the garlic until relatively smooth. Carefully pour ¼ cup water onto the baking sheet, then use a wooden spoon to scrape up the browned bits.


Taste the sauce and season with salt and pepper, then pour over the chicken and potatoes. Drizzle with additional pomegranate molasses and sprinkle with parsley.

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