Recipe courtesy of Tino Feliciano

Chicken Sofrito with Pomegranate and Cilantro Chimichurri

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 day 30 min (includes marinating time)
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1/2 cup canola oil

1 tablespoon adobo (Puerto Rican dry seasoning) 

4 garlic cloves 

1 bunch fresh cilantro with stems

1/2 red onion 

Four 6- to 8-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Citrus Roasted Veggies:

2 small oranges

3 tablespoons canola oil, plus more if needed

1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half 

1 red pepper, seeded and chopped into 1-inch pieces 

1 medium red onion, roughly chopped 

1 medium eggplant, chopped into 1-inch cubes 

Salt and freshly ground black pepper 

Juice of 1 lime 

Pomegranate and Cilantro Chimichurri, recipe follows

Pomegranate and Cilantro Chimichurri:

1/2 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro

1/2 cup pomegranate seeds 

2 tablespoons canola oil 

1/2 teaspoon salt 

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 


  1. For the chicken: Add the oil, adobo, garlic, cilantro with stems and red onion to a food processor or blender and blend until a smooth consistency. Place the chicken in a ziptop bag and add the marinade. Marinate, refrigerated, for at least 24 hours.
  2. Preheat a grill or cast-iron grill pan over medium-high heat.
  3. Remove the chicken from the marinade and cook until grill marks appear, about 2 minutes on each side. Set aside (the chicken will finish roasting with the vegetables).
  4. For the citrus roasted veggies: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  5. Peel the oranges and cut each section into individual wedges from the membranes. Place the segments in a bowl. Squeeze the juice from the membranes into a separate bowl and reserve.
  6. Add the canola oil to a large skillet over high heat. Add the tomatoes, red peppers, onions and eggplant and saute for 4 to 5 minutes, adding a little more oil if needed. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Place the grilled chicken breasts and citrus wedges on top of the veggies. Pour in the lime juice and reserved orange juice. Transfer to the oven and roast until the chicken is cooked through and the veggies are slightly tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Garnish with the Pomegranate and Cilantro Chimichurri and serve.

Pomegranate and Cilantro Chimichurri:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the cilantro, pomegranate, oil, salt and pepper and toss to coat.
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