Brush Your Chicken with Pomegranate Molasses for a Lacquered Finish.
I’ve written about buttermilk brining chicken more times than I can remember at this point. It’s what I always do before roasting a chicken. I think it delivers the best tasting chicken. Enough said.
This time I wanted to see if I could get a lacquered finish on the chicken by simply basting it several times with pomegranate molasses. The only thing I added was a small amount of soy sauce. After removing the chicken from the buttermilk and patting it dry, I brushed it with the molasses and roasted it at 450° for 10 minutes. I took it out of the oven, brushed it with another layer of molasses and let it roast for another 10 minutes. I continued in this manner until my chicken was done at 50 minutes.
I had a large chicken – 4 3/4 pounds. The amount of cooking time will depend on the size of your chicken. When it came out of the oven, I lightly brushed it with a little more molasses and let it sit for 20 minutes before carving it. As you can see, it roasted up beautifully. The skin was shiny and had a wonderfully bright/sweet/salty flavor. I showered it with pomegranate arils and served it with my Eggplant Spread and Ekmek. Was it as delicious as I’d hoped? Yep, it was. And no matter how many times I serve a roast chicken, it is always one of my family’s favorites. And one of mine, too.