Make a big batch of the cocoa-infused spice rub in this healthy baked chicken thigh recipe and let it be your weeknight secret weapon. It's also great on salmon, steak and tofu. Serve with brown basmati rice or whole-wheat couscous.

Julia Clancy
Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2017


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  • Position a rack in lower third of oven; preheat to 450 degrees F.

  • Combine brown sugar, cocoa, coriander, paprika, 3/4 teaspoon salt and cayenne in a small bowl. Rub about half of the mixture under the chicken skin, then rub the rest on the skin. Place on a baking sheet. Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of a thigh without touching bone registers 165 degrees F, 20 to 25 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, combine shallot, vinegar and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Let stand for 5 minutes. Zest the orange. Cut off and discard the peel and white pith; coarsely chop the fruit. Add the zest, chopped orange, pomegranate seeds, parsley and oil to the shallot and stir to combine. Serve with the chicken.

Nutrition Facts

405.8 calories; protein 31.3g 63% DV; carbohydrates 14.5g 5% DV; exchange other carbs 1; dietary fiber 2.5g 10% DV; sugars 10.8g; fat 24.4g 38% DV; saturated fat 6.1g 31% DV; cholesterol 172.8mg 58% DV; vitamin a iu 486IU 10% DV; vitamin c 18.9mg 32% DV; folate 28mcg 7% DV; calcium 37mg 4% DV; iron 1.9mg 10% DV; magnesium 40.4mg 14% DV; potassium 483.6mg 14% DV; sodium 456.6mg 18% DV; added sugar 4g.

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Rating: 5 stars
Has to be one of the best meals I've ever made. Peeling pomegranate is a hefty chore but otherwise very quick and flavorful. I opted to quickly saute some kale and put the orange pomegranate on top for a warm salad. Added more greens to the meal. Very good! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Made this for tonight's dinner with a whole chicken that I butterflied. It was delicious! I made the salsa with just oranges and really good Italian EVOO. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Make extra chicken! Don t waste seasoning even though it appears to be too much. Great recipe my family loved it. Hardest/most time consuming part was peeling the pomegranate. Otherwise great for weekdays. Read More