My kids are mad for pomegranate seeds. Kenya and Chloe will sit and eat spoonful after spoonful of this vitamin and antioxidant rich fruit until they’re blue in the face. The first time Kenya tried pomegranate seeds he was just over a year old and my husband and I watched intently as his little fingers eagerly picked up the ruby red seeds one by one and guided them into his mouth, staining both his digits and lips in the process a bright red. Four years later Kenya, still loves pomegranate seeds and would eat them at every meal if given the opportunity. Chloe is no different, she actually had a full on tantrum once when she spotted a bowl of them in our fridge that I was saving for later.

The sweet seeds add great texture and flavor to all sorts of recipes. As you know, I adore “one-pot dishes” for their ease and convenience they offer busy moms and this Chicken, Orzo & Pomegranate Salad is no exception. This dish can be served at lunch or dinner but looks special no matter when you serve it, the bright flecks of crimson pomegranate punctuating each bite. Healthy and light, it’s great to keep in the fridge for a night you have no time to prepare dinner or when guests pop by for an unexpected visit!


Chicken, Orzo & Pomegranate Salad

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Author: Catherine McCord
Prep Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


  • 1 Lb chicken breast, bone-in*
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 Tsp kosher salt
  • 2 Sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 4 Garlic cloves
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 4 Cups water
  • 1 16 ounce box orzo
  • 1 Cup or seeds of 1 pomegranate
  • 1/4 Cup fresh cilantro, mint OR basil, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp sherry vinegar
  • 1 Tsp kosher salt



    Sodium: 2000mg | Sugar: 6g | Fiber: 3g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Calories: 410kcal | Fat: 17g | Protein: 25g | Carbohydrates: 37g
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    About the Author

    Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


    1. Would this recipe work if I substituted quinoa or brown rice for the orzo? Any thoughts?
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    3. This was so yummy, but my kids didn’t like the vinegar. Luckily I left some shredded chicken on the side. I cooked up some more orzo and tossed with cranberries and olive oil for them. They ate it up! The chicken came out great and my 3 year old wouldn’t stop picking on it as I was shredding. She loved it and just admitted that she took some off of the counter when I went to the bathroom. Sneak! 🙂

    4. Forgot to mention that I replaced the pomegranate seeds with cranberries. Was afraid my younger one wouldn’t be able to chew them properly. Cranberries worked great!

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