Craving for a delicious but authentic, healthy meal? Here’s one succulent chicken dish meat lovers will surely enjoy over a meal: Pomegranate Glazed Chicken.
Step One: Prepare all the ingredients and tools you will use for cooking.
- 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (about 2 pounds or 905 g total)
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup (235 ml) pomegranate juice
- Juice of 1 lime
- 2 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- Baking dish (large)
- Glass Measuring cups/ Bowl
- Whisk/ spoon
Step Two: Cooking the dish itself.
- Preheat your oven to 400 degree F (that is 205 degree C). Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Put the chicken meat into your big baking dish and drizzle with olive oil, enough to grease the chicken. Evenly coat the meat with chopped garlic. Dash with ginger and cinnamon, suiting to your taste. Put it on one side and proceed to making the glaze.
- In a glass measuring cup or bowl, blend together pomegranate juice, lime juice, soy sauce and maple syrup using a whisk or spoon. Whisk until it thickens. Get the chicken and spill the mixture on top of it.
- Put the chicken inside the pre-heated oven and bake for around 25 to 30 minutes. Moisten chicken with oil or butter from time to time, until it is ready. The meat is already cooked when the meat juices flow or – of course—when temperature reaches to 165 degree F (75 degree C) in the thermo indicator.
- Get the chicken from the oven and drizzle with the excess juice. Serve and enjoy.
No need to be alarmed about where to get the pomegranate juice as they are typically available in almost all groceries. However, as pomegranates are in abundance around September to January, you can use pomegranate “arils” or the seeds as garnish to liven up your Pomegranate Glazed Chicken dish. In this case, you can use ¼ cup or around 45g of arils which is proportionate to the given recipe.
Do you know that the pomegranate is the most potent anti-oxidant among all fruits? Its effectiveness fights cancer and strengthens immune system. Moreover, it lowers cholesterol and helps lower blood pressure. So if you’re conscious of your BP, it is helpful to know that the pomegranate which is a key ingredient in our dish actually limits the effects of cholesterol in meat.
In addition, we chose the breast part of the chicken considering that it is white meat, a powerhouse source of protein and holding only 36% of fats. It also gives vitamins B, B6, B12, C, D, E, niacin and a healthy measure of magnesium. Compared to the other parts, chicken breasts sound more promising and healthier.