Friday, February 4, 2011

Chicken wings with pomegranate molasses

This is one of my favorite appetizers. A meal that is full of flavor for only a tiny amount of effort. Sometimes just a few ingredients can create lots of wonders, like these chicken wings which are packed with really tasty flavors. One if its secret ingredient is pomegranate molasses, a key ingredient in Lebanese cooking. 

It is basically the juice of sour pomegranates, boiled down until it is a thick syrup. Pomegranate molasses adds a rich and tangy flavor to those chicken wings in addition to the garlic and chopped coriander.

This is a super appetizer for a big group of people, served with a tasty salad; it’s perfect for weekday entertaining. My husband told me the chicken was like heaven in his mouth, and if that doesn't sell it to you I don't know what will!

2.2 lb (1 kg) chicken wings
6 cloves of garlic
1/4 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp white pepper
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp coriander
1/4 cup pomegranate molasses
2 tbsp of olive oil
1/2 a lemon, juiced
a handful of coriander, finely chopped
Salt & pepper to taste

Season the chicken wings with salt and pepper. Then add the spices and mix well.

In a heavy bottomed pan, heat the olive oil. Add the chicken wings and saute for about 10 mn on each side, until they're nicely browned and done.

Once cooked on both sides, add the minced garlic and the chopped coriander and cook for another 3 to 5 mn. Finally add the lemon juice and the pomegranate molasses, mix well and let it sit for about 5 mn before serving.

Ailes de poulet au mélasse de grenade

1 kg d'ailes de poulet
6 gousses d'ail
1/4 càc de quatre-épices
1/4 càc de poivre blanc
1/4 càc de cannelle
1/4 càc de coriandre
1/4 tasse de mélasse de grenade
2 càs de huile d'olive
jus d'1/2 citron
une poignée de coriandre, hachée
sel et poivre

Assaisonnez les ailes de poulet de sel et de poivre. Ajoutez les épices et mélangez.

Dans une grande poêle, faites chauffer l'huile. Ajoutez les ailes de poulet et faites les revenir 10 mn de chaque côté jusqu'à coloration.

Une fois cuites, ajoutez l'ail émincé et la coriandre hachée et faites cuire 3 à 5 mn. Enfin, ajoutez le jus de citron et la mélasse de grenade, mélangez et laissez reposer 5 mn avant de servir.


  1. I am addicted to pamegranate molasses. As a matter of fac today I'll post a Lebanese recipe made with this ingredient...

    Your chicken wings look mighty scrummy! A great flavor combo.



  2. Rosa, I'm impatient to see what you have made :)
    Enjoy the weekend :)

  3. Wow, the glaze on those wings is perfect. I haven't seen pomegranate molasses at my local market. I'll have to check out Whole Foods. I would love to try it.

  4. These wings look fabulous...must be eaten with your hands!

  5. I adore all the flavorings in this glaze. The wings look absolutely delicious. Great finger food indeed!

  6. Excellent dish to serve this weekend for Super Bowl.

  7. You had me on that pomegranate molasses. Beautiful and delicious Cherine!

  8. Wow, these wings look awesome! Totally mouthwatering!

  9. Yummyy! These look delicious!! ;)

  10. This is a perfect glaze for chicken wings. You did a fantastic job with them. Your photos today are spectacular. I hope you have a great evening. Blessings...Mary

  11. Yum, I must try this marinade using tofu!

  12. I LOVE pomegranate molasses with everything, gorgeous dish!

  13. Cherine, I love pomegranate molasses but have never used it in a savory dish. I'm going to try these chicken wings. They look so tempting.

    Have a great weekend!

  14. first of all those are simply stunning images!
    now lets get to those wings, I have made pomegranate molasses, I didn't know they actually sold it! I would love to pick up a bottle of it.
    Those wings do look so very very good!
    hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

  15. Mmmm, gourmet chicken wings!! I love it :-)

  16. These look so succulent! We often use pomegranate molasses in salads, but never thought of using it with chicken wings. Will absolutely try it. Thanks!

  17. I hope you don't mind that I am including these in my blogroll of favorite Super Bowl foods. I know that you did not post them for that event, but they would be so perfect for a Super Bowl party.

  18. Hello Angela,
    Of course I don't mind it :)

  19. Cherine, the molasses glaze on the chicken looks so good!

  20. I would consider this a wonderful it must taste with the pomegranate molasses. Delicious!

  21. Gorgeous chicken wings! Love the idea of the cinnamon & pomegranate molasses. xo

  22. Never tried the pomegranate molasses..Where do you get that in Paris? Looks great !!

  23. Hi Cristina you should find the pomegranate molasses in the Lebanese groceries.
    Délices d'orient dans le 15ème is the biggest one: Check this link:

    There you can find everything!!

  24. Just want to let you know that I made this yesterday for my family. We watch football and munch chicken wing ala Cherine. Thank you :)

  25. I have yet to try pomegranate molasses, but it sounds like it would be amazing!

  26. The wings are irresistibly delicious! I like the sound of the pomegranate molasses, what wonderful flavor it must bring!

  27. Elra, I'm so happy you liked them :)

  28. Pomegranate molasses can do no wrong! The wings sound delicious with it.

  29. great site, keep it up the good work.