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Pomegranate Balsamic Glazed Chicken

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Pomegranate balsamic glazed chicken thighs are sweet, tangy, sticky and delicious. First, the chicken’s marinaded in a combination of pomegranate molasses, balsamic vinegar, honey and brown sugar. Then, the marinade is cooked down into an amazing glaze to coat the chicken as it bakes.


  • 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (about 1 ½ lbs)
  • ¼ cup pomegranate molasses
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus more for coating chicken
  • Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper
  • Pomegranate seeds, for garnish
  • Small mint leaves, for garnish


  1. Marinate chicken: In a small bowl, whisk together molasses, vinegar, honey and sugar; season with salt and pepper. Coat chicken in marinade; marinate at least 30 minutes at room temperature, or up to overnight in the fridge.
  2. Season chicken: Remove chicken from marinade; reserve for later use. Pat chicken dry and season generously with salt and pepper. Allow chicken to come to room temperature for 30-60 minutes.
  3. Reduce sauce: In the meantime, transfer reserved marinade to a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil, reduce to a rapid simmer and cook until thickened and syrupy, about 10-12 minutes. Taste for seasoning and keep warm.
  4. Heat oven: While marinade reduces, preheat oven to 425°F.
  5. Bake chicken & serve: Place chicken on a sheet tray and lightly coat in oil. Bake in the center rack of the oven for 10 minutes; brush with glaze. Continue to cook another 5 minutes; brush with another layer of glaze. Cook 5-10 more minutes or until chicken registers 165°F. Brush with any remaining glaze, if desired. Rest 5-8 minutes before serving. Garnish with pomegranate seeds and mint leaves. Enjoy.


Total time does not reflect time needed to marinate chicken.

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Roast
  • Cuisine: New American


  • Serving Size: 1 chicken thigh + sauce
  • Calories: 577
  • Sugar: 30g
  • Sodium: 169mg
  • Fat: 36g
  • Saturated Fat: 9g
  • Carbohydrates: 31g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 32g