Skillet Pomegranate Chicken Breast Recipe

Pomegranate chicken is the perfect winter weeknight meal or holiday entree. The juicy chicken breast cooked alongside pomegranates, spices, and honey creates the most delicious flavor. If you’re craving something light, fresh, and savory this recipe will satisfy those taste buds!

chicken breasts in skillet with pomegranates
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Pomegranate Chicken Recipe Inspiration

My husband and I are not huge fans of Turkey. We’ll enjoy a slice or two during Thanksgiving feasts with family but that’s about it. This year, we did an early Thanksgiving visit up in Indiana which means we’ll be home, in Tennessee, on the actual holiday.

With these circumstances, I wanted to create a main dish for our Thanksgiving feast that wasn’t turkey and still kept the holiday spirit. That’s how this pomegranate chicken breast recipe was born! It pairs well with holiday sides and is a perfect entree on any Thanksgiving menu.

Why We Love This Recipe

  • Uses fresh in-season produce
  • Has an extraordinary flavor profile of fresh, sweet, tart, and savory
  • It only takes 30 minutes to prepare and cook
  • It’s a healthy recipe that doesn’t make you feel weighed down after eating it
chicken breasts in a skillet with pomegranate seeds
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Tips for Making the Best Pomegranate Chicken

  • Choose an organic pomegranate if possible for better taste ( I get mine at Trader Joes)
  • Butterfly or horizontally slice a chicken breast for thin pieces that cook evenly
  • Use avocado oil to keep this dish healthy (or olive oil)
  • Use organic garlic and onion for an even bolder flavor

Pomegranate Chicken Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts (or 1 large)
  • 1 pomegranate
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 1 Tbsp avocado oil (or olive oil)
  • 1 Tbsp raw unfiltered honey
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

How to Cut Up a Pomegranate

  1. First, slice off the top of the pomegranate to expose the sections
  2. Second, slice vertical cuts where each section of the pomegranate membrane is
  3. Then use your hands to break each section apart
  4. Finally, use your thumbs to get each pomegranate seed out of the peel

How to Make Pomegranate Chicken

  1. Dice up onion into fine pieces and cut up the pomegranate
  2. Heat avocado oil in a skillet on medium-high heat
  3. Add the diced onion and pomegranate seeds into the skillet and cook for 2 minutes on medium
  4. During this time, butterfly each chicken breast by making a horizontal cut almost through the breast so it’ll open and lay flat. Set aside.
  5. In a small bowl combine salt, pepper, garlic, and onion.
  6. Once the pomegranates and onions have cooked 3 minutes, move them with a spatula to the outsides of the pan.
  7. Season chicken breast on both sides then add to skillet and cook 9-12 minutes on medium heat
  8. Flip chicken onto the uncooked side and cook for an additional 9-12 minutes until cooked all the way through.
  9. Serve with pomegranates and onions on top of chicken breasts and enjoy.

Kitchen Tools To Make This Recipe

uncooked chicken in skillet with pomegranate seeds
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How to Store Leftovers

If you have leftovers let cool then place them in an air-tight container for up to 2 days in the fridge. You can also freeze leftover pomegranate chicken for up to 2 months.

What Sides to Serve

There are so many delicious sides you can serve with pomegranate chicken breasts. If you’re having a holiday feast, serve with your regular favorites. If you’re having this dish on a regular night, serve with sourdough honey butter biscuits or a slice of homemade garlic bread using a sourdough loaf.

pomegranate and chicken breasts in skillet
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Recipe FAQ

  • Is this recipe healthy? Yes it is! The ingredients are all whole, never processed and you’re using pomegranates which are full of antioxidants.
  • Can I bake this in the oven rather than in a skillet? Yes you can, bake at 425 degrees for 25 minutes.
  • Do I have to use the whole pomegranate? Yes, you’ll want to use an entire pomegranate, it’ll cook down and reduce the amount.

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chicken breasts in skillet with pomegranates

Skillet Pomegranate Chicken Breast

Molly LaFontaine of Plum Branch Home
Pomegranate chicken is the perfect winter weeknight meal or holiday entree. The juicy chicken breast cooked alongside pomegranates, spices, and honey creates the most delicious flavor.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dinner, Supper
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 2 people

Ingredients
  

  • 2 chicken breasts (or 1 large)
  • 1 pomegranate
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 1 Tbsp avocado oil (or olive oil)
  • 1 Tbsp raw unfiltered honey
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

Instructions
 

  • Dice up onion into fine pieces and cut up the pomegranate
  • Heat avocado oil in a skillet on medium-high heat
  • Add the diced onion and pomegranate seeds into the skillet and cook for 2 minutes on medium
  • During this time, butterfly each chicken breast by making a horizontal cut almost through the breast so it'll open and lay flat. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl combine salt, pepper, garlic, and onion.
  • Once the pomegranates and onions have cooked 3 minutes, move them with a spatula to the outsides of the pan.
  • Season chicken breast on both sides then add to skillet and cook 9-12 minutes on medium heat
  • Flip chicken onto the uncooked side and cook for an additional 9-12 minutes until cooked all the way through.
  • Serve with pomegranates and onions on top of chicken breasts and enjoy.
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