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Thomasina Miers' pomegranate-glazed chicken thighs with red quinoa salad
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“My children love nothing more than opening up pomegranates, to find the sparkling bright pink jewels hidden within. This is a cheering, colourful salad with a satisfying crunch.” - Thomasina Miers
For the Chicken
1 garlic clove
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
Pinch of black peppercorns
3 tbsp pomegranate molasses
1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra to fry
Squeeze of lemon juice
6 boneless chicken thighs
Seeds from 1/2 small pomegranate
For the Quinoa Salad
125g red or white quinoa, rinsed
2 handfuls of gently toasted pistachios, roughly chopped
1 red onion, finely chopped
Seeds from half a small pomegranate
1 celery heart, finely sliced
1 red pepper, deseeded and finely diced
1/2 bunch of parsley, leaves and stalks finely chopped
2 large handfuls of mint leaves, finely chopped
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon
1. Place the garlic in a pestle and mortar with a pinch of salt and crush to a paste. Add the cumin seeds and peppercorns and crush them too, then stir in the molasses, oil and lemon juice.
2. Transfer to a large bowl, then add the chicken thighs and rub the marinade into them thoroughly. Cover and place in the fridge to marinate for 1 hour.
3. Meanwhile prepare the salad. Place the quinoa in a pan with a few pinches of salt and cover with 800m1 boiling water. Cover with a lid and simmer for 15-17 minutes. Remove from the heat, drain in a sieve, then sit the sieve on top of the hot pan and cover it with a clean tea towel. Leave to steam-dry for at least 10 minutes.
4. Combine the remaining salad ingredients in a bowl (except for the oil and lemon juice) and lightly season. When the quinoa has steamed dry, fluff it up with a fork. While still hot, pour over the oil and half the lemon juice, mix well and season lightly. Combine with the other salad ingredients, squeeze over the remaining lemon and mix well. Set aside.
5. Add a small splash of oil to a lidded frying pan and place over a medium-high heat. Season the thighs with a little salt and add them skin side down to the pan when hot. Fry for 2 minutes on each side until golden and crisp. Turn them over once more, add the pomegranate seeds, any marinating liquid and a splash of water. Cover, reduce the heat to low and continue to cook for another 3 minutes until cooked through (the juices should run clear when you insert a skewer). Uncover and leave to rest for 3 minutes.
6. Cut the thighs into thirds and sit them on top of the salad, spooning over the cooking juices and cooked pomegranate seeds.
This recipe was taken from Home Cook, by Thomasina Miers (GuardianFaber, £25)
This recipe was first published in December 2018.