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3 Ingredient Pomegranate Balsamic Chicken

pomegranate balsamic chicken thigh on top of mashed potatoes in a grey bowl with a gold fork.

These 3 ingredient pomegranate balsamic chicken thighs couldn’t be easier to make! They’re flavorful, juicy, and perfect for a simple weeknight dinner. (gluten-free, dairy-free)

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Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • Coarse sea salt
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 tsp avocado or olive oil
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • pomegranate arils, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Pat chicken thighs dry with a paper towel, then liberally season with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat oil in a cast-iron skillet or other large oven-proof skillet over high heat on the stove. Sear chicken thighs for 2-3 minutes per side, then remove to a clean plate. Cover and set aside.
  3. Pour pomegranate juice and balsamic into the skillet and bring to a boil for 1 minute, then turn heat down to medium low. Whisk to deglaze the skillet and let cook until mixture has reduced by half, about 10-15 minutes.
  4. Return chicken thighs to the pan with the sauce and turn to coat. Place skillet in the oven to finish cooking chicken, about 15 minutes, or until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken reads 165° F.
  5. Serve chicken with a drizzle of sauce from the pan and a sprinkle or pomegranate arils (optional).

Notes

  • Make sure to use chicken thighs. They’re impossible to dry out and go well with just about anything. I used boneless, skinless thighs in this recipe for simplicity.
  • The secret for perfect chicken thighs is to sear them before baking to seal in all those juices and get a nice golden exterior.
  • Make sure you’re using an oven-proof skillet so that you can transfer the skillet straight from oven to stove. I like a cast-iron skillet or a GreenPan nonstick skillet (pictured here).
  • Don’t worry if the sauce isn’t thickened much before baking. It will thicken up in the oven. Just look for the amount of sauce to be reduced by about half before adding the chicken back in and putting it in the oven.

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