The pomegranate component in this dish is provided by another popular product: Pom brand bottled pomegranate juice. This can be made with chicken breasts instead, but be sure to roast them until cooked through. Recipe courtesy of Selma Brown Morrow of Bon Appétit. We originally ran this as part of a bigger feature, here.
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 cups refrigerated pomegranate juice (such as Pom)
- 2 cups low-salt chicken broth
- 4 large dried New Mexican chiles, stemmed, seeded, torn into 1-inch pieces
- 1 1/2 tsp adobo sauce from canned chipotle chiles in adobo
- 1 1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar
- 1/8 tsp ground cumin (not toasted)
- coarse, kosher salt
- Stir sugar and 1/2 cup water in heavy large saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Increase heat; boil until syrup is deep amber color, swirling pan occasionally, about 8 minutes. Add juice, broth, and California chiles. Boil until sauce is reduced to 1 1/2 cups, about 25 minutes.
- Remove from heat; cool. Puree in tightly covered blender until smooth, about 2 minutes. T
- ransfer to bowl. Whisk in adobo sauce, vinegar, and cumin. Season to taste with generous amount of coarse salt and pepper. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 week ahead. Cover and chill. Rewarm over low heat before using.
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Score skin of duck (don’t cut into flesh) with 5 cuts in 1 direction; repeat in opposite direction, making diamond pattern. Sprinkle duck all over with coarse salt, pepper, and ground coriander. Place 2 large ovenproof skillets over medium-high heat. Add duck, skin side down, to skillets, dividing equally. Cook duck until skin is crisp and deep brown, about 7 minutes. Turn duck over; cook 1 minute. Pour off fat. Transfer skillets to oven. Roast duck until cooked to medium-rare, about 5 minutes.
- Transfer the duck to cutting board. Let rest 5 minutes. Thinly slice each breast crosswise on slight diagonal. Arrange slices on plates. Spoon sauce over. Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds.
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