Pomegranate Molasses Chicken with Roasted Vegetable Bulgur Salad

Serves 4-6

1 large free-range chicken, spatchcocked (ask your butcher to do this for you) 6 tbsp pomegranate molasses, plus extra for brushing 4 garlic cloves 1 red chilli, finely chopped 300g cooked bulgur wheat

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the roasted vegetables

2 carrots, cut into bite-sized pieces

2 parsnips, cut into bite-sized pieces

2 red onions, root left intact, sliced thinly

3 tbsp olive oil

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. Place the chicken in a resealable bag with the pomegranate molasses, garlic and chilli. Season with salt and pepper and mix the chicken in the bag so that it’s completely coated. Place in the fridge to marinate for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight.

2. When you are ready to cook, preheat the oven to 200°C (180°C fan) and prepare the vegetables. Tip the carrots, parsnips and red onions into a large roasting tray and drizzle with the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Make space in the centre of the tray and add the chicken along with the marinade.

3. Roast in the oven for 50 minutes to 1 hour, or until cooked through and the juices run clear when a skewer is inserted into the thickest part of the thigh. The vegetables should also be tender at this stage. About 10 minutes before the end of the cooking time, brush the chicken with pomegranate molasses and return to the oven.

4. Remove the chicken to a chopping board and cover with foil. Add the cooked bulgur wheat to the roasted vegetables in the tray and toss to coat in all the juices.

5. Cut the chicken into breast, thigh, leg and wing portions and place on top of the bulgur wheat. Serve the whole tray straight to the table for your guests to help themselves.

Recipe extracted from Fresh by Donal Skehan, published on 22nd October 2015 by Hodder & Stoughton, £20 © Donal Skehan 2015

My Thoughts

Unbelievably easy, but the results are very impressive. I wanted to invite friends round

for Sunday lunch IMMEDIATELY. My supermarket chicken didn't come spatchcocked so I did it myself which was also easy. The results were sweet and delicious and the chicken was succulent. More vegetables in the bulghur wheat would be nice and I'd probably serve a green salad too next time to add some colour.

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