Chicken in Pomegranate Molasses and Orange Sauce
an Easy and New Chicken Recipe You Need to Try
What can be more creative than cooking? Everyone can make up new food at their home kitchens by just changing the way they used to cook or the ingredients they added. Imagination and original ideas are all you need while cooking food at home.
We usually read or watch thousands of cooking recipes before we try a new one at home. Try new recipes every now and then even with the simplest ingredients because you might end up with distinct food. Use home cooking basics and traditional ways and apply them to new recipes and get out of your comfort zone now. I am sure the results will be stunning and your family will thank you. Go through our recipe and discover how simple the three steps are and how rich the flavor will be. You will use sweet, sour, chili, and salty flavors all in one dish. Give it a go and challenge yourself to try this innovative food.
- 6 chicken thighs
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 oranges
- 1/5 cup pomegranate molasses
- 1/5 cup vinegar
- 1/5 cup honey
- 1 cup fresh orange juice
- 1 teaspoon salt
- A pinch of black pepper
- 1 teaspoon chili or paprika
- 1 teaspoon coriander
It is very simple to cook this meal. Only get the ingredients ready in front of you and start following the steps.
First, heat a large pan and add olive oil, then sprinkle a pinch of salt on the chicken thighs and put them in the pan. Cover the pan and let them in until golden in color on both sides. When they are ready, take them out of the pan and put them in a bowl, and set aside.
The second step is to cut each orange into 8 pieces and add them to the same pan you cooked the thighs in. Be careful of hot oil splash at this stage. Keep turning the orange pieces in oil very carefully until they get the golden color on both sides.
Serve in the same pan or in a serving dish. Garnish with pomegranate seeds on top if you like and enjoy this innovative family meal with the wonderful sauce.
The traditional technique of cooking orange chicken
Orange chicken is not a new recipe and orange sauce is a Chinese traditional sauce that can go with many other dishes. Let’s start with this recipe that follows the traditional method.
- 6 chicken thighs or breast cutlets
- 300 ml fresh orange juice
- 1 cup water
- Salt: to taste
- Black pepper: to taste
- 1 chopped clove of garlic
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- Olive oil for frying
- Soy sauce (optional)
- Honey (optional)
First, start with coating the chicken breasts or thighs with fine breadcrumbs after seasoning them very well with black pepper and salt on both sides. Then fry them in hot olive oil put them in a skillet over medium-high heat. When they are golden on both sides, move them to a plate and set them aside to rest. They shouldn’t be golden brown; slightly golden is perfect.
Second, in the same skillet containing olive oil, add chopped garlic and cook until brown in color, then add orange juice, water, and dried parsley and stir well. Now put the chicken pieces you prepared earlier in the sauce for about 10 minutes. You will notice that the sauce thickens. They are ready to serve. Transfer the chicken to a nice serving plate and then pour the orange sauce over them and enjoy your meal.
How healthy is chicken in Pomegranate Molasses and Orange Sauce
Chicken is the main protein supply necessary for muscle building and bone health. It helps you maintain your heart health as it is rich in vitamins and minerals. Consuming chicken daily is fine for it will provide your body with the necessary nutrients.
Pomegranate Molasses which is made from pomegranate juice is usually used as a dressing for salads. It is rich in anti-oxidants and keeps the chicken tender. It is also a rich source of vitamins B1, B3, B5, B6, C. It boosts the immune and digestive systems and lowers cholesterol levels in the blood.
Orange which is the main ingredient in our recipe is another healthy addition you shouldn’t miss. It is the main source of vitamin C that boosts the immune system. It fights anemia by making the body absorb iron better as well. So, orange is not just tasty, but also nutritious and you should consume it on a daily basis.
Finally, be an adventurous cook and try new recipes all the time. New techniques or twists can sometimes be enough to cook something new and feel professional.