Pomegranate-Glazed Chicken Thighs with Fontina

Wisconsin Cheese Pomegranate-Glazed Chicken Thighs with Fontina Recipe
Active Time
35 Minutes


Pomegranate Glaze:

Chicken Thighs:


Look for the Proudly Wisconsin Badge when shopping for cheese. Any brand of Wisconsin Fontina can be used in this recipe.


Pomegranate Glaze:

  1. Bring the pomegranate juice, sugar, lemon juice and rosemary to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat; cook and stir until sugar is dissolved. Reduce heat to low. Simmer, uncovered, for 35-40 minutes or until glaze is reduced to about 1 cup, stirring occasionally. Remove rosemary sprigs and discard. Set aside 2/3 cup glaze for serving.

Chicken Thighs:

  1. Heat oven to 400°F.
  2. Combine rosemary and garlic powder. Pat chicken thighs dry with paper towels. Transfer chicken to a greased 17 x 12-inch baking pan. Gently loosen skin from chicken thighs, leaving one side attached. Place the rosemary mixture, salt, pepper and 1/4 cup fontina under the skin of each.
  3. Brush chicken skin with remaining 1/3 cup pomegranate glaze; season with salt and pepper. Bake for 20 minutes. Brush with pomegranate glaze. Bake for 20-25 minutes longer or until a thermometer inserted into meat reads 165°F.
  4. Sprinkle chicken with remaining fontina. Broil 4 inches from the heat for 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.
  5. Meanwhile, bring reserved glaze just to a boil. Stir in pomegranate seeds. Serve glaze with chicken thighs. Garnish with rosemary.

Cheesemonger Tip

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Do you have questions when shopping for cheese? Ask the cheesemonger! A cheesemonger specializes in the buying and selling of high-quality cheese, usually available in the specialty section of a grocery store or cheese shop. Knowledgeable and passionate, a cheesemonger is a go-to resource for cheese varieties and pairings, proper cheese storage and handling, its cooking applications and cheese brand information.

Fontina is a mild cheese with slightly tart and nutty flavors. It's melts great when warmed and is also a delicious choice for snacking.

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