Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

POM Marinated Chicken with Brown Rice and Spinach

8 WWPP Posted by 5 years ago 19 Comments

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

See other recipes using: baby spinach, chicken, honey, pomegranate juice, tarragon

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    shandy (@webgals)

    May 20, 2010

    That looks awesome! I wish I could experiment like you with good results. Reply


    May 20, 2010

    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! Reply


    May 20, 2010

    Valerie - I LOVE it on pork too! Reply


    May 20, 2010

    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. Reply


    May 20, 2010

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


    May 20, 2010

    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 Reply


    May 21, 2010

    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! Reply


    May 21, 2010

    Yum-o! So going to add this one to my list of recipes to try! Reply


    May 21, 2010

    That is such a good idea! I've never cooked with POM juice before. Reply

    Krista S.

    May 21, 2010

    Mama Mia that looks awesome! Is it weird that it's breakfast time here and I want a cup of that? =) Reply


    May 25, 2010

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


    May 26, 2010

    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. Reply


    July 22, 2010

    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. Reply


    July 25, 2010

    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's been super helpful. Thank you!!! Reply


    August 13, 2010

    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 Reply


    August 13, 2010

    Not YET! BUT... it's coming.. now it's really coming. It's one of the reasons why I quit my day job!! :) Reply

    Kathy Sills

    January 2, 2014

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


      January 2, 2014

      Just a minute or two. Since they are cut up they will cook fast.


    August 1, 2014

    I made this last night and used 2 tablespoons of honey, 1 1/2 tbsp balsamic one tsp crushed garlic instead of powder, a half tsp salt, and cut up half of a sweet onion (big chunks). All of the onion slices went in the hot pan (drizzled with olive oil). Super delicious . Also, I couldn't find a small container of straight POM so I bought a blueberry pomegranate container. Worked out great! I made the brown rice and mixed the fresh spinach in as the rice just finished cooking. I also added salt (to taste), fresh cracked pepper and 1/3 cup of sun dried tomato feta cheese! Deelish. Reply