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Oven-roasted chicken with sumac, pomegranate molasses, chilli & sesame seeds from From Venice to Istanbul: Discovering the Flavours of the Eastern Mediterranean (page 185) by Rick Stein

  • sesame seeds
  • whole chicken
  • sumac
  • tomato paste
  • pomegranate molasses
  • chilli flakes

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    Marinate chicken for 1 hour.

  • joneshayley on September 12, 2018

    Delicious - easy and quick. Served with the Turkish pilaf from the same book.

  • wester on July 24, 2018

    Very easy, very tasty. Next time I would use just chicken legs - I'm not very good at jointing chickens. I also found I did not have pomegranate molasses, I improvised with a mix of normal molasses, redcurrant juice and balsamic vinegar. Worked OK, next time I'll make sure I have everything.

  • TrishaCP on March 21, 2016

    This is an excellent recipe. I too just added the olive oil to the marinade. I only had one tablespoon of sumac left (who runs out of sumac mid-recipe?) but I went for it and I thought it was perfect as is. Therefore, I am really curious about whether others found the two tablespoons overpowering per Cati's comment?

  • KarinaFrancis on February 26, 2016

    I've had this bookmarked and finally made it, it's so good!! I marinaded it in the morning before work and popped it in the oven when I got home. Followed the previous notes and added a bit of oil to the marinade. It's delicious and moist, and so easy. Will make again

  • Gio on December 21, 2015

    A winning recipe from Chef Stein. Absolutely delicious in every way. Found the recipe here http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/oven-roasted_chicken_13123 Now I must buy the book.

  • lilham on November 07, 2015

    Very easy and tasty. The recipe asked for the olive oil to be drizzled over the chicken after rubbing the marinate in. Agree with avocet that the marinade is easier to work with if a little of the olive oil is added to it.

  • Cati on October 31, 2015

    Made this from the online recipe posted by The Happy Foodie. It called for 2 tablespoons of sumac. I wondered if this is the amount in the book recipe. Tasted overpowering. More like Sumac with chicken.

  • Avocet on October 29, 2015

    Very easy and very good. Next time I'll increase the amount of the marinade a bit. I found it easier to coat the chicken with the marinade when I mixed the marinade with some of the olive oil.

  • Kitchenangel on September 29, 2015

    I LOVE this - made it twice already!!

  • FJT on September 24, 2015

    Extremely easy to make and very tasty. Leftovers were great in tacos.

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