Lime Pomegranate Chicken Breasts with Herbed Farro

This herbed farro is reminiscent of Middle Eastern tabbouleh – try stirring in some diced tomato and cucumber if you have them on hand.

Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
30 min
55 min


  • 1⁄4 cup fresh lime juice plus 1 tbsp zest, divided
  • 2 tbsp pomegranate molasses
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (20 oz total)
  • 3⁄4 tsp sea salt, divided
  • 1⁄4 tsp fresh ground black pepper, divided
  • 1⁄4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1⁄4 tsp ground coriander
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 1 cup farro, rinsed
  • 1⁄4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped
  • 1⁄4 cup fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp pomegranate seeds, optional


  1. In a medium baking dish, whisk together lime juice and molasses. Add chicken and marinate at room temperature for 15 minutes, turning over halfway. Shake off and discard marinade. Season chicken with 1⁄4 tsp salt, 1/8 tsp pepper, cumin and coriander. Position oven rack about 6 inches below heating element and preheat broiler to high. Mist a grated broiler pan with cooking spray and place over a large foil-lined baking sheet. Arrange chicken on broiler pan and broil until no longer pink in thickest part and juices run clear, turning over halfway, about 12 to 14 minutes. (NOTE: Watch carefully to prevent burning; switch to baking in a 350°F to 400°F oven if molasses appears to be burning.)
  2. Meanwhile, to a medium saucepot, add farro, 1⁄4 tsp salt and 2 cups water; cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until farro is tender and liquid is absorbed, about 30 minutes. Drain in a colander and transfer farro to a large bowl. Stir in lime zest, remaining 1⁄4 tsp salt, remaining 1/8 tsp pepper, cilantro, mint and pomegranate seeds (if using). Serve chicken with farro.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1 chicken breast and 1/4 of farro
  • Calories 334
  • Carbohydrate Content 36 g
  • Cholesterol Content 78 mg
  • Fat Content 4.5 g
  • Fiber Content 6 g
  • Protein Content 35 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 1 g
  • Sodium Content 432 mg
  • Sugar Content 1 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 1 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 1 g