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Cinnamon Rubbed Pomegranate Chicken Thighs | #SexyEats

January 16, 2018

Cooking together can be great foreplay.  Add in the aphrodisiacs in this Cinnamon Rubbed Pomegranate Chicken Thighs and you have a winning combination for sparking romance!

Cooking together can be great foreplay.  Add in the aphrodisiacs in this Cinnamon Rubbed Pomegranate Chicken Thighs and you have a winning combination for sparking romance!

Sometimes when date night rolls around, it feels like one person ends up doing all the cooking, while the other sits around being pampered.  While there are definitely occasions for that kind of night, this Cinnamon Rubbed Pomegranate Chicken Thighs is easy to cook together.  Like a dance in the kitchen.  One person does the chopping while the other does the cooking.

This meal is cooked in intervals that allows you to easily swap ownership based on skills. It also keeps dishes to a minimum so you can spend your evening together, not slaving over the sink.

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These Cinnamon Rubbed Pomegranate Chicken Thighs are made with a few different aphrodisiacs.  Each one works in different ways.

  • Pomegranate.  The pomegranate works by lowering cortisol levels, which corresponds with increased testosterone levels.  As a result, this leads to better moods and increased sexual desire in both men and women.  Interesting fact: some people believe that the forbidden fruit from Genesis was actually a pomegranate, not an apple.
  • Honey.  Honey naturally has nitric acid in it, which helps with helps with blood flow during arousal.  This one is great for both men and women.
  • Nutmeg. Known to help lower inhibitions and raise body heat, this spice can also help boost libido and potency.  It’s also been used to sweeten breath.
  • Cinnamon.  As an aphrodisiac, cinnamon has the power to heat up your body, which can help with blood flow and increased sexual desire

Skills & Techniques

Make this Cinnamon Rubbed Pomegranate Chicken Thighs exceed your expectations by brushing up on these culinary skills.

Cooking together can be great foreplay.  Add in the aphrodisiacs in this Cinnamon Rubbed Pomegranate Chicken Thighs and you have a winning combination for sparking romance!

Leftovers?

If you want to make the aphrodisiacs last a little longer, you can easily double the recipe.  If you have leftovers, they will keep up to 5 days in the refrigerator stored in an airtight container.  To keep the chicken skin from getting soggy in the fridge, make sure they are completely cooled before packaging them.  Also, I recommend keeping the sauce separate (just a recommendation though, not necessary) so the chicken doesn’t become overly pomegranate flavored.

If you would like to reheat your leftovers, I recommend:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  2. Add a little bit of chicken stock into the bottom of the pan and add in the chicken thighs.  Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes, or until heated throughout.
  3. Reheat the sauce in a small pot on the cooktop until it simmers.  Spoon over chicken and serve.

Cooking together can be great foreplay.  Add in the aphrodisiacs in this Cinnamon Rubbed Pomegranate Chicken Thighs and you have a winning combination for sparking romance!

Cinnamon Rubbed Pomegranate Chicken Thighs


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This grocery list has everything that you’ll need to make this Cinnamon Rubbed Pomegranate Chicken recipe.  To make grocery shopping simple, each ingredient is listed in easy-to-find grocery store amounts.  If there is no amount specified, that means that you can buy the smallest (or largest) container available and still have plenty left over.

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If you would like to check out some of our other seductive aphrodisiac recipes, here they are:

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Cooked Chicken thigh in a cast iron pan with pomegranate arils
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Cinnamon Rubbed Pomegranate Chicken Thighs | #SexyEats

Cooking together can be great foreplay.  Add in the aphrodisiacs in this Cinnamon Rubbed Pomegranate Chicken Thighs and you have a winning combination for sparking romance!

Course Chicken, Main Course
Cuisine 30 Minutes or Less, American, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, One Hour or Less
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 316 kcal
Author Mackenzie Ryan

Ingredients

  • 1 lb chicken thighs, skin on
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon neutral cooking oil
  • 2 Tablespoons pomegranate molasses
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 pomegrante, arils removed and reserved
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon, nutmeg, garlic powder, and onion powder.  Rub the outside of the chicken thighs thoroughly with the mix.

  2. In a cast iron or heavy bottomed skillet, heat the oil until it begins to shimmer.  Add in the chicken thighs skin side down and cook until golden brown.  About 5 minutes.  Flip and repeat on the other side until cooked through.  (See note)

  3. While the chicken thighs cooks, stir together the pomegranate molasses, honey, and pomegranate juice.  Remove the chicken thighs from the pan and set them on a plate to rest.  Pour the sauce mixture into the pan and reduce it by half.  Scrape up any cooked on bits of chicken from the bottom of the pan.

  4. Return the chicken thighs (skin side up) to the pan and cook for 1 minute.  Stir in the reserved pomegranate arils and serve.   

Recipe Notes

If you remove the thigh bone prior to cooking, cooking times will be more approximate.  If you choose to leave the bone in, cooking times can vary on each side by up to five minutes.

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30 Comments

  • Reply Tamara Andersen January 18, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    I love this! #sexyeats I have Oysters with a Bacon, Blood Orange, and Jalapeno Mignonette that might qualify 😉 I love anything with pomegranates, and your pomegranate chicken thighs look perfect for Valentine’s Day or any day!

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan January 25, 2018 at 11:39 am

      Those would definitely qualify as some #sexyeats. 😉

  • Reply michele January 18, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    Im not sure ive ever thought of pommegranates as an aphrodisiac but these sure were addicting! ! I love dishes that are made with simple ingredients but pack a ton of different flavors– Ill definitely make this again!

  • Reply Jenni January 18, 2018 at 8:45 pm

    These chicken thighs sound amazing!! I can’t wait to try them – and to have my hubby help!

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan January 25, 2018 at 11:21 am

      That’s what I’m talking about, Jenni! 😉

  • Reply Jenni LeBaron January 19, 2018 at 12:21 am

    I’ve never heard of pomegranate molasses but this looks like a fun dish. Love the cinnamon rub!

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan January 25, 2018 at 11:20 am

      I love using cinnamon in savory recipes! It’s such an underutilized spice in savory dishes!

      Also, you can usually find pomegranate molasses around the Salad Dressings depending on the grocer.

  • Reply Marisa Franca @ All Our Way January 19, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    The chicken thighs look absolutely scrumptious. Such beautiful colors with the deep red pomegranate sauce. That cinnamon and nutmeg in the seasoning reminds me of Chinese Five Spice. Yum!!

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan January 25, 2018 at 11:17 am

      It totally does, Marisa! I hadn’t even thought of it being like Chinese Five Spice! I love getting to use spices like cinnamon and nutmeg in savory dishes!

  • Reply Ben Myhre January 19, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    Chicken thighs are my favorite cut of the chicken!

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan January 25, 2018 at 11:16 am

      Same in this house, Ben! We all prefer chicken thighs! 🙂

  • Reply Kate January 20, 2018 at 9:01 am

    Pomegranate molasses?! I have never heard of that! Sounds amazing.

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan January 25, 2018 at 11:15 am

      You can usually find it around the Salad Dressings or in a Middle Eastern section, depending on the grocer.

  • Reply David @ Cooking Chat January 20, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    sounds tasty! A Valentines’ Day meal, perhaps?

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan January 25, 2018 at 11:11 am

      It would make a perfect Valentine’s day meal…or anniversary!

  • Reply Jennifer January 21, 2018 at 8:39 am

    This sounds absolutely delicious! I love pomegranate anything, so it’s a win in my book!

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan January 25, 2018 at 11:10 am

      I’m with you on the pomegranate anything front! Pomegranate season is always too short for me!

  • Reply Saima Zaidi January 21, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    This looks amazing! Your post is extremely detailed and I especially like the section on how the different ingredients work as aphrodisiacs. Thanks for posting this.

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan January 25, 2018 at 11:10 am

      Thank you, Saima! I find the topic of aphrodisiacs so interesting. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  • Reply Amanda Mason January 21, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    This looks so delish!!! I could so go for this for dinner! Adding this one to the menu soon!!

  • Reply Loi s. O January 21, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    This is such a bittersweet recipe for me! I absolutely love pomegranates and your chicken looks amazing but cinnamon and I don’t go well together… I’ll try it with a pinch of cinnamon so maybe it’ll still retain a bit of the magic..

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan January 25, 2018 at 11:09 am

      Oh, that’s such a bummer Lois! Thankfully, if I were to leave one of the two out, I’d leave out the cinnamon, so it and it’s aphrodisiac goodness can still be enjoyed! 🙂

  • Reply jessa January 21, 2018 at 11:39 pm

    Beautiful photographs!

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan January 25, 2018 at 11:06 am

      Thank you Jessa! These are probably some of my favorite photos I’ve done to date! 🙂

  • Reply Debs January 22, 2018 at 5:15 am

    Such a lovely recipe. And it looks amazing!

  • Reply Sara January 22, 2018 at 9:11 am

    What a colorful dish! I am sure it will taste every bit as good as it looks!

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