Chicken Pomegranate & Walnuts

2 ¾ pound fryer chicken
2 cups walnuts, finely chopped
3 tablespoons shortening
3 ½ cups water
½ teaspoon poultry seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 cup fresh pomegranate juice
3 teaspoons butter
2 teaspoons tomato sauce
1 teaspoon sugar

Prepare chicken for frying. Sauté chicken with poultry seasoning in shortening until light brown, set aside. In a large pot, sauté the onion in 3 teaspoon butter until golden brown. Add tomato sauce, and sauté for a few minutes. Add walnuts to the onions, and sauté over medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Add water, remaining seasonings, lemon juice, and pomegranate syrup. Cover, and let it cook on low for about 35 minutes. Taste the sauce and add sugar if needed. Arrange browned chicken pieces in the sauce, cover, and let simmer for 20-25 minutes. Serve over white rice.