So I did! And now you too can make chicken sum'n sum'n.
Pour 1/2 bottle of a good wine into a large, stain-free bowl. I used a Mirassou pinot noir. I would have drank it, but I had opened it the night before and fell asleep after two glasses and left it out over night. Interestingly enough, it turned from a fruity, woody flavor to one more like green olives. Mmmm... green olives!
Add about a 1/4 cup hoisen sauce. Or more. I really can't remember how much I put in, but it was AT LEAST 1/4 cup! Mix in 3-4 TBS thyme, 1 tsp celery seeds, and a TBS sea salt.
Place a whole chicken into the mix and let marinade for about an hour or so.
Place the marinaded chicken in a pan for going in the oven. I used the clay pot cooker, but you could use regular pan or a dutch oven. Whatever you got. In a regular pan, I would suggest adding about 1 inch of the marinade to the bottom of the pan to keep the chicken from going dry.
Sprinkle 1 tsp sea salt, 1 tsp ground rosemary over the chicken. Add 4 TBS pomegranate arils and a whole onion cut into 2 inch pieces into the pan around the chicken.
In the clay pot cooker, I cooked it for two hours at 450 degrees. I'm not sure what it would be in a regular pan: 1-2 hours on 350 degrees? I would cover with tin-foil for first hour if in a regular pan, and then crisp the skin for twenty minutes without tin foil.
When cooked in the clay cooker it is so tender that you can use a fork to get meat off the chicken.
I served this chicken with garlic & rosemary mashed potatoes and a salad made with red lettuce, chopped pecans and the rest of the pomegranante arils with a fat free honey dijon dressing. Oh Joy!!
Some were wondering about cleaning the clay pot cooker and I had said that it would build a nice patina that would make it gradually easier and easier to clean. Here you can see it is building a nice one. This is about the fourth time that I have used the cooker and it was easier to clean than even the last time I used it. Took me about 3 minutes with some baking soda, hot water and a scrub brush.
The top isn't getting much of a patina, but then not much food touches it so there's not much to clean.