Pomegranate Roast Chicken

Servings 4 people
Calories 573 kcal
Author Barbara


  • 1 onion peeled and sliced
  • 1 whole chicken giblets and neck removed
  • 1/2 fresh orange
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin

Pomegranate Sauce

  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

  2. Scatter the onion slices on the bottom of a roasting pan.

  3. Check inside the chicken for a packet of giblets.  It is important to check both ends of the chicken.  Remove and discard or freeze for another use.

  4. Place the two halves of the orange in the cavity of the chicken.

  5. Drizzle olive oil over the chicken skin and rub in.

  6. Combine salt, pepper, cinnamon and cumin and rub over the skin of the chicken.  Set aside.

  7. In a small saucepan, combine the pomegranate juice, honey, brown sugar and soy sauce.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer uncovered for about 10 minutes.

  8. Pour half of the pomegranate glaze into a small bowl and set aside.

  9. Place chicken in the preheated oven and roast for 10 minutes.

  10. Reduce oven temperature to 425 degrees and roast for 30 minutes.

  11. Working only with the pomegranate glaze in the pan, brush the chicken with the glaze and some pan juices.

  12. Continue to roast the chicken, basting 2-3 more times with the glaze from the pan and the pan juices.  The chicken is done when a meat thermometer inserted into the thigh reads 165 degrees.

  13. Remove the chicken from the oven.  Cover it with foil and allow to rest for 10 minutes. Discard the glaze in the pan that was used to baste the chicken.  The glaze set aside in the bowl can be served with the carved chicken.

Recipe Notes

This recipe is adapted from Bubbe and Me in the Kitchen

Nutrition Facts
Pomegranate Roast Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 573 Calories from Fat 315
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 35g 54%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 142mg 47%
Sodium 789mg 33%
Potassium 582mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 24g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 22g
Protein 36g 72%
Vitamin A 6.1%
Vitamin C 16.7%
Calcium 4.1%
Iron 11.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.