Look for pomegranate molasses at specialty stores. If you can’t find it, boil down some pomegranate juice until it’s glaze-like or substitute a balsamic glaze.
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (4 to 6 ounces each)
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses
3/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 large lemon
Seeds from 1/2 medium pomegranate
3 small green onions, thinly sliced
2 medium firm-ripe avocados, pitted, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch dice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 teaspoon finely minced seeded jalapeño
1 teaspoon pomegranate molasses
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
Pound each chicken breast between pieces of plastic wrap until about 1/8-inch thick. Or, if using large chicken breasts, cut them in half horizontally so you have two thin, even pieces. In a shallow bowl, stir in the lemon juice, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoons pomegranate molasses, salt and pepper.
Add the chicken, turn to coat well, and cover and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes and up to 1 hour.
Salsa: Finely grate the zest from the lemon and then squeeze out 1 tablespoon juice. Place the pomegranate seeds, discarding any pith, into a bowl. Add the lemon zest and juice, green onions, avocado, olive oil, parsley, jalapeño, 1 teaspoon pomegranate molasses and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Fold gently with a rubber spatula. Season to taste with additional salt.
To cook the chicken: Heat 1/2 tablespoon olive oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Add 2 chicken breasts and cook until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Flip and cook until lightly browned on the other side and cooked through, about 3 minutes more.
Transfer the chicken to a plate and cover to keep it warm. Repeat with the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of oil and 2 chicken breasts. Serve the chicken with the salsa spooned over the top.
Cook’s Note: To remove the seeds from a pomegranate, cut 1/4-inch off the top. Score the pomegranate on all sides. Place it in a bowl of water and pull apart. Push the seeds out uing your fingers. The white pith floats to the top and the seeds sink. Strain out the seeds.
Nutrition Info per serving: 430 cal (61 percent from fat), 29 g total fat, (4.5 g saturated), 65 mg chol, 20 g carbohydrates, 26 g protein, 310 mg sodium, 9 g dietary fiber
Recipe Adapted from Fine Cooking magazine February/March issue