Middle Eastern Traybake Chicken

Cuisine: Middle Eastern

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Serves: 4

This is a delicious crowd-pleasing dish that can easily be prepared ahead. The sweet and sour flavour of pomegranate molasses with the warming spices in Baharat is a match made in heaven. Serve with salad and couscous or sweet potato mash. The marinade can also be doubled up and stored in the fridge for 3 weeks.

Notes

If using chicken breast, halve cooking time

Ingredients
  • marinade:
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 3 tbsp Herbie’s Pomegranate Molasses
  • 2 tbsp Herbie’s Sumac
  • 2 tsp Herbie’s Aleppo Pepper Flakes
  • 2 tsp Herbie’s Baharat Spice Blend
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 8 chicken thighs, skin on
  • 1 400g can chickpeas, drained
  • ½ cup fresh pomegranate seeds, to serve (optional)
  • dressing:
  • 1 cup coriander, leaves and stem, loosely packed
  • 1 cup flat leaf parsley, leaves and stem, loosely packed
  • 3 sprigs mint (about 20 leaves)
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice (approx 1 lemon)
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) Greek yoghurt
  • salt, to taste

Instructions
  1. Blitz marinade ingredients together or use a pestle and mortar to make a paste. Rub all over chicken – you can marinade overnight at this point if desired.
  2. Heat oven to 160C.
  3. Place chicken and chickpeas in a roasting dish and cook for 40 minutes, then increase heat to 200C for 10-15 minutes until chicken is cooked through and nicely coloured.
  4. Blitz yoghurt dressing ingredients together (can be done up to 2 days in advance and stored in the fridge in a jar) and drizzle over chicken to serve, scattered with pomegranate seeds.