Pomegranate-Glazed Chicken Thighs with Fontina

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



Chicken Thighs:


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


  1. Bring the pomegranate juice, sugar, lemon juice and rosemary to 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.
  2. Heat oven to 400°F.
  3. Combine rosemary and garlic powder. Pat chicken thighs dry with paper towels. Gently loosen skin from chicken thighs, leaving one side attached. Sprinkle with rosemary mixture. Season with salt and pepper. Place 1/4 cup fontina under skin of each. Place on a greased 17 x 12-inch baking pan.
  4. 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 in the meat reads 165°F.
  5. Sprinkle chicken with remaining fontina. Broil 4 inches from the heat for 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
  6. Meanwhile, bring reserved glaze just to a boil. Stir in pomegranate seeds. Serve chicken thighs with glaze. 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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