There was a pomegranate in the fruit drawer of my
refrigerator for a long time. For weeks and weeks (pomegranates can keep for
months) every time I would open the drawer to grab a quick piece of fruit, it
would stare at me and I would stare back at it thinking that it is time to eat
it. This repeated almost every day for quite some time until finally I had an
idea (certainly not a new one) that I could use its juice in my cooking as it
is cumbersome to eat the pomegranate. It is more cumbersome to open it and
remove all the juicy seeds! Since I finally went through all that trouble to
open it and remove the seeds, I thought I would eat half of it. The other half
went into the blender to create the juice.
With my little ones and my job, it is very hard to find the
time to cook or enjoy a piece of fruit by myself. As a person who loves to eat
good food, I miss cooking and eating well. For a few months, we tried to eat
prepared food since we had no choice (either that or we went hungry), but I got
tired of it quickly. Now, I try to cook maybe once or twice a week with
whatever is leftover from the boys’ meal ingredients. Since my babies started
solid food, I have been cooking their meals as I refuse to give them prepared
foods. No matter what, I do make the time to cook for them. I just had to
reorganize my priorities. I did try to feed them prepared meals only a couple
of times, however I know what I cook for them is far better and healthier.
Their meals include but not limited to eggs, salmon, dover sole, chicken, beef, lamb,
tofu, fennel, leeks, swiss chard, carrots, beets, collard greens, red, brown or
black rice, bulgur, a variety of fruits (fresh and dried), nuts and etc. I also incorporate different types of spices as I
want them exposed to these spices early on so they will be open to different
types of flavors. I use cumin, cardamom, cinnamon, turmeric, curry, red pepper
paste (mild), ground black pepper, red pepper (mild), thyme, garlic, parsley
and etc. in their meals. They like it all and I am happy to see that as they
are only 15 months old.
This chicken recipe was created for them and I added a
couple extra pieces. The chicken was delicious. The skin looks burned due to
the red pepper paste, but the chicken itself was very moist and flavorful. With rice and salad, it was just perfect for
me. My boys liked it very much too. I hope you will also enjoy it.
4 pieces of chicken legs (any part
of chicken works)
½ large pomegranate (or 1 small
Juice of 2 lemons
1 tsp red pepper paste
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp olive oil
Blend the fresh pomegranate and strain to remove the seeds.
Discard the seeds and add the lemon juice, red pepper paste, ground black
pepper and 1 tbsp olive oil. Blend again. Puncture the chicken pieces from several places with a fork to allow the sauce to get inside the meat. Place the chicken in the sauce and
refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
Remove the chicken from the sauce and place in a
baking dish. Sprinkle the salt on both sides of the chicken pieces and drizzle
with the rest of the olive oil.
Bring the oven to a broil and broil 5-7 minutes on each side
or until the chicken is cooked.
Note: Ovens may vary, therefore
there may be a need to adjust the cooking time. Also, the amount of the
pomegranate doesn’t really matter that much as long as you have enough juice to
cover all the chicken.
Labels: Chicken Dishes