April 13, 2009

Chicken, salad & couscous done right!


Last week I received a case of 100% pomegranate juice from Pom Wonderful. On the way to pick up Aswin from the airport and back, I decided my menu with what I had at home to avoid a trip to the store: pomegranate juice marinated chicken, mango and avacado salad, and Israeli couscous & red quinoa mix.

I marinated the chicken with 1 1/2 cup pomegranate juice, fresh ginger, red chilli powder, salt, coriander powder, & black pepper. The chicken was caramelized on stove top and finished in the oven. While the chicken was cooking, I reduced the leftover marinade with some white wine, and used it as a glaze for the chicken. It was tart, smoky, spicy and fantastic!

We had our delicious dinner and topped it with some dark chocolate and a movie. :)

Here is how I made the pomegranate juice marinated chicken:

3 chicken thighs
1 1/2 cup pomegranate juice
2/3 tspoon red chilli powder
2/3 tspoon coriander powder
1 1/2 tspoon fresh ginger - ground
1/2 tspoon turmeric powder
1/2 tspoon fresh ground pepper
salt to taste
1 small onion - chopped
fresh cilantro - chopped for garnish
1 tbspoon oil
2-3 tbspoon white wine

Marinate the chicken with the juice and the spices and set it aside for 1 - 2 hours.

Then, heat oil in a nonstick pan and saute the onions for 2-3 minutes. Add the marinated chicken in the pan and let it cook on each side for 1-2 minutes. In the meantime, heat the oven to 380 deg F and bake the chicken 6-7 minutes on each side or till it is completely cooked.

Add the rest of the marinade along with 2-3 tablespoon white wine in the pan and let it simmer on low heat to a thick sauce.


Once the chicken is done, pour the sauce over it, garnish with fresh cilantro and serve.


  1. Oh I can just imagine the taste of the pom juice with the chicken. Looks great too.

  2. I received my POM, but they did not stay long enough to cook with them. I just tried out one drink,& the rest were straight from thosecure bottles,most of them by DD1;)
    what a neat idea to do the chicken with it!

    Shubho Noboborsho!

  3. POM juice marinated chicken!! Am drooling over ur pic..

  4. All I need now is a knife to carve out a slice for myself. :-)
    That chicken looks awesome Mandira!
    Shubho Nobo Borsho! :-)

  5. This dish looks amazing and I love how it's so easy! Thank you for sharing.

    Also, I like your taste in chocolate. :) Any day that ends in dark chocolate is a good day.

    Casual Kitchen

  6. Mandira - this looks just gorgeous! i am looking forward to trying this recipe!

  7. Salad and couscous wow perfect and they are really done right...

  8. That's one gorgeous plate, Mandira! Chicken looks great and the couscous pearly and just right!

  9. And a very Happy New Year too! :)

  10. Wow, that's an excellent looking plate... Could you send it over for my dinner, please :)

  11. i went to buy couscous wanting to try a few recipes but came off because of the price! its very very expensive here in SG, sadly :(

  12. Thanks everyone the chicken out really well. It was spicy and tangy. And the combination of this spicy chicken with couscous and creamy salad was a discovery. :) I have to try it again soon.

    Thanks Daniel - dark chocolate was the perfect end to this meal :)

    Nags - sorry to hear that. I get it from Whole Foods bulk bin and it is fairly cheap here.


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