Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Weeknight Meal: Creamy Couscous with Chicken

This is a really easy meal that can be thrown together on a weeknight after work, perfect for a mild summer night with a side salad of cucumbers and tomatoes.  Adding just a dash of cream to the couscous makes it almost seem like time-consuming risotto.
  • Season a chicken breast with salt and pepper.
  • Heat a pan on high, add just a little butter, and sear the chicken breast.
  • Reduce heat and cook the chicken for a few minutes, turning over once.
  • Add 1/2 c. pearl couscous to toast to a golden brown.
  • Add the juice of one lemon and 3/4 c. vegetable or chicken broth.
  • Cover and simmer until the liquid is absorbed.
  • Add about 2 tbsp cream and stir.
  • Add 1/2 c. chopped green onion and 1 c. baby spinach.
  • After plating the dish I like to toast the few remaining morsels of couscous in the pan until they are crispy for a garnish of contrasting texture.
Serves two.  Enjoy!

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