Roast Chicken for the Holiday Season

Roast Chicken

In some parts of the world, December is the time of holidays and colder weather. During this time, it's nice to have a sumptuous and healthy meal. Here is a fairly simple recipe for roast chicken. The ingredients should be available everywhere.

Contributed by Rajan Manickavasagam.

Published 19. December 2021

Roast Chicken with Spiced Pomegranate Juice

Ingredients

  • Salt (to taste)
  • Crushed black pepper 
  • 1 Pomegranate
  • 12-15 peeled baby potatoes
  • 2 Onions
  • 2 Carrots
  • 2 Red Bell Peppers
  • 6 Chicken thigh pieces
  • 10 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of garam masala
  • 1 tablespoon of Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Instructions

Roast Chicken

  • Peel and blend 1 pomegranate in a blender without adding any water.
  • Divide the pomegranate juice into 2 cups/portions.
  • To on one of the portions, add 2 tablespoons olive oil, salt, pepper, 2 tablespoons garam masala and 1 tablespoon Kashmiri red chilli powder.
  • Coat the chicken pieces in this mixture and let it marinate for a few hours.
  • In a flat bottom pan, add some olive oil, garlic, red bell peppers, diced carrots and onions.
  • Once the onions start to brown, add the chicken to the pan and stir fry them until they are half cooked.
  • Transfer the garlic, onions and chicken to a baking tray. Drizzle some olive oil on the chicken and bake at 180C for 30 minutes.

Pomegranate Sauce

  • Remove some of the garlic and onions from the baking tray and blend them in a food processor along with the remaining portion of the pomegranate juice. 
  • Add half a teaspoon of white wine vinegar and 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the sauce.
  • This now becomes the pomegranate based sauce for the meal.

Roast Potatoes

  • Peel the baby potatoes and boil them in a hot water again with some salt, pepper and baking soda.
  • Once the potatoes are cooked, drain the water and fry them in 2 tablespoons of olive oil with salt and pepper.

Finally, serve all of the above and drizzle the pomegranate sauce over the roast chicken and the vegetables.

Happy eating.

Further details

Serves 4-6 people.
Preparation time is approximately 30 min.
Cooking time is approximately 60 min.

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