RECIPES

Oven-roasted chicken with sumac and pomegranate molasses

Oven-roasted chicken with sumac and pomegranate molasses

This is an ideal chicken dish for an outdoor summer party. I favour cooking it in the oven because the marinade is apt to burn on a barbecue. Sumac is Turkey’s favourite spice. It’s a red berry with an astringent, lemony flavour, the fruit of a small bush. This dish is ideal as part of a warm and cold buffet where people have a bit of everything including a rice pilaf.

Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken, about 2kg/4lb 8oz, jointed into 8 pieces
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds

For the marinade

  • 2 tbsp ground sumac
  • 2 large garlic cloves, crushed or grated
  • ½ -1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 tbsp pomegranate molasses
  • 1 tsp salt