My #1 Healthy Recipe: Chicken Orange and Pomegranate Salad

The following is a guest blog post by Sharna Burgess, professional dancer, choreographer and troupe member of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.

Aussie-born dancer and choreographer,  Sharna Burgess is well known as a professional partner and troupe member on the ABC hit series, Dancing With The Stars.  As you can imagine, exercise is an important part of Sharna’s life, “I train the most when I am in the middle of the Dancing With The Stars season.  During this time, I am in the dance studio every day so I end up working out 7 days a week.”

To avoid diet and exercise burnout, Sharna advocates eating healthy well-balanced meals, “You don’t have to eat boring and bland meals to keep slim and trim.  There are many recipes that taste delicious and keep you on the right track.”

The former Australian National Ballroom Dance Champion and former Broadway star of Burn The Floor gives us one of her favorite recipes for Chicken Orange and Pomegranate Salad!


Chicken Orange and Pomegranate Salad

Serves 4

4 large oranges, peeled and thinly sliced

5 tbsp of olive oil juice from ¼ lemon
a handful of coriander, chopped
7 ½ ounces pomegranate seeds
4 skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
Freshly ground black pepper

Place the orange slices in a large mixing bowl.  Add 3 tablespoons of the olive oil, plus the lemon juice, coriander and pomegranate seeds.  Toss well to combine and set aside to marinate while you cook the chicken.

Heat the remaining olive oil in a non-stick grill pan and sear the chicken over high heat for about 3 minutes on each side, or until cooked through.  Turn off the heat and set aside to rest for a few minutes.

To serve, divide the salad between 4 serving plates, top with the warm chicken slices and finish with a few grinds of black pepper.


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