Cooking! It truly is one of my favorite things. And the more new recipes I find and try, the more fun it becomes. I love experimenting in the kitchen!
Last week, I bought a book called The Healthiest Meals on Earth. It is very interesting, and includes a ton of scientific information on food, as well as several recipes (including some desserts, but that’s for another post). I tried out a Persian-Style Chicken. The sauce for it includes pomegranate juice, tomato sauce, and a few other surprise goodies!
Along with the chicken, we had a salad of chilled haricots verts with a pomegranate-mint dressing. Elle a été fabuleuse!!
Recipe for Persian-Style Chicken with Walnut, Onion, and Pomegrante Sauce, adapted from The Healthiest Meals on Earth:
3 lbs. chicken breasts
2 medium onions, halved and sliced thin
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup plus 2 T pomegranate juice
1/3-1/2 cup tomato sauce
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
2 T lemon juice
1 1/2 T unsulphured molasses
2 T olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
1. Heat the olive oil in a large heavy-bottomed skillet or pot. Cook the chicken until browned on all sides and almost done. Remove from pan and place on a plate.
2. Using the same oil, sauté onions for about 10 minutes, until tender and golden. Add the cinnamon and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add the walnuts and cook for 1 more minute, again stirring.
3. Add the pomegranate juice, tomato sauce, chicken broth, lemon juice, and molasses and bring to a boil. Add salt and pepper as well, if desired.
4. Simmer for 3 minutes, then return the chicken to the pan, leaving any juices that accumulated on the plate.
5. Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes, until chicken is cooked through.
I served our chicken over a bed of couscous – simple and delicious!
The dressing on the green beans is also very simple:
3/4 cup pomegranate juice
1/4 olive oil
2 T fresh mint, finely chopped
2 T lemon juice
1/4 tsp dry ground mustard
Cook 1 lb haricot verts and drain, then put into a bowl of ice water (so they don’t overcook). After 10 minutes, drain again and pat dry.
For the dressing, mix all ingredients (blend if you prefer). Pour a few tablespoons over the beans, and save the rest for more delicious salads!