POM Marinated Chicken with Brown Rice and Spinach

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I made this dish the other night when I defrosted chicken and didn’t know what to do with it. I do that a lot, defrost a protein and then wing it with what I have on hand. I find it super fun and creative. This time I used some POM juice, brown rice and spinach. A fabulous combo especially with a little dried tarragon mixed in.

The husband wasn’t home when I made it. Hence the experimentation ;) but the little guy was. He liked the rice but ate chicken legs instead of the chicken pieces in the dish. Why? Cause he’s a crazy 4 year old.. that’s why. It’s was deliscious! POM Marinated Chicken with Brown Rice and Spinach

  • 4 oz POM juice
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp dried tarragon
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • pinch of kosher salt and ground black pepper
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breast (About a pound)
  • About 2 cups cooked brown rice I used one of the 90 second bags)
  • 2-3 cups of baby spinach

Whisk the POM juice, honey, vinegar, tarragon, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper.

Pierce the chicken a few times with a fork and submerge the chicken. Marinate for at at least a half an hour.

POM Marinated Chicken with Brown Rice and Spinach - step 1

Heat a large skillet over medium high heat and spray with a non-stick cooking spray.

POM Marinated Chicken with Brown Rice and Spinach - step 2

Place the chicken in the hot pan. It will smoke and sizzle. LEAVE it alone! You are going to sear it for 2 minutes. Do not touch it for 2 minutes.

POM Marinated Chicken with Brown Rice and Spinach - step 3

After 2 minutes flip. The honey will burn a little making this GLORIOUS crusty skin. Cook for another minute.

POM Marinated Chicken with Brown Rice and Spinach - step 4

Remove from heat and cut the chicken into pieces. It will still be pink in the middle. That’s ok, we are still going to cook it. We just wanted to get all that yummy flavor.

POM Marinated Chicken with Brown Rice and Spinach - step 5

Return to the heat and add the marinade to deglaze the pan. Bring it to a boil. If your pan is as hot as mine was it will boil immediately.

Add the cooked rice.

POM Marinated Chicken with Brown Rice and Spinach - step 7

Stir in the rice and have it absorb all the flavor.

POM Marinated Chicken with Brown Rice and Spinach - step 8

Add the baby spinach.

POM Marinated Chicken with Brown Rice and Spinach - step 9

Stir in the spinach until it just starts to wilt. Shut off the heat and serve!

POM Marinated Chicken with Brown Rice and Spinach - step 10

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
3 About a Cup
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
310 3g 1g old: 6 new: 8
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
17g 1g 33g 36g
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17 Comments and 1 Replies

  1. Valerie

    My neighbor uses POM over a pork roast and pears in the crockpot. It is DELICIOUS! I would try it with pork chops on the grill; you could marinate the pork chops and also marinate some pears and red onion and grill. I may have to try that. I’m like you; I see a basic recipe and turn it into something else entirely!

  2. Kat

    Looks so yummy! I’m also thinking it would be super easy to slip in some Kale without anyone noticing :) Can’t wait to try it.

  3. Valerie

    I knew I had seen that before! Guess the only originality on my part is the pears! OOOH… and maybe some oragne slices!

  4. Reinaldo

    Sounds yummy! But I dont have POM juice here… any ideas how to replace it with something else? maybe strawberries’ juice? Uh-oh, just had a thought, maybe real strawberries, crushed? Mmmmmm

  5. roni

    That would totally be delish! I think you could eve use orange juice. It would come out different, of course, but be tasty all the same!

  6. Susan

    I made this for dinner and loved it! I added extra spinach and marinated the chicken all day. Saving leftovers for lunch tomorrow :-)

  7. Meghann

    If you don’t have time to marinate, I bet you could make a pouch with aluminum foil, fill with the chicken, veggies, and the marinade, and bake it. I do this with balsamic vinagrette or italian dressing, and it usually comes out nicely.

  8. KC

    This was so good! Perfect for dinner. I didn’t have POM juice so I used Cranberry juice and 2T balsamic vinegar-it was great! A good mix of savory and sweet.

  9. Carla

    Hi Roni! I made this tonight…using Quorn chik’n instead of real meat! It was soooooooo delicious. I’ve started using Greenlitebites every week when I make my weekly meal plans…it’s been super helpful. Thank you!!!

  10. sherice

    Hi Roni,
    I made this tonight and i was wonderful. Yum and ewven my partner didn;t complain. I remember awhile back you mentioned something about a cookbook? Did you publish it and if so where can I buy it?
    Thanks
    Sherice

  11. Kathy Sills

    How .ong do you boil the chicken pieces after you put the marinade into the pan to completely cook the chicken pieces?

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