Thursday, October 4, 2012

Balsamic Chicken Tenders with Tomato Couscous

Zack conceptualized this dish completely. Couscous is a pasta, but cooks like a rice. We've made it with chicken stock before, but this was our first experiment with tomatoes. If you haven't noticed, we like to try new things in the kitchen. This one was a winner, and perfect for a weeknight meal.

Here's what you need:

1 lb chicken tenders (You can use chicken breast, just cut them in half)
1/2 cup Balsamic vinaigrette
1 cup couscous
1 15 oz. can low sodium diced tomatoes in juice
2 Tbsp olive oil
Pinch of red pepper flake
salt and pepper to taste

Here's what you do:

Throw your chicken in a freezer bag and pour in the vinaigrette. Place in the fridge for an hour or so to marinade.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Heat a large skillet over medium high heat and add a little bit of olive oil. You don't need much, because the marinade will prevent sticking as well.

At this point, you just want to brown the tenders, not cook them all the way through. Add them to the pan in shifts so that they aren't crowded and have room to sear.

While you're chicken is browning, strain a can of diced tomatoes, reserving the juice in a measuring cup. Set the tomatoes aside in a bowl for later use. You want a cup of liquid for the couscous, so top off the tomato juice with water until you reach one cup.

Add the juice, two tablespoons of olive oil and a pinch of red pepper flake to a medium sauce pan.

Start the mixture coming to a boil when you're about done with your chicken tenders.

Once all of the tenders are browned, throw them all back in the pan and place in the oven for 10-15 minutes.

Now that your tomato juice is boiling, add one cup of couscous.

Cover and remove from the heat.

After about 10 minutes, your couscous should have soaked up the juice and cooked through. Fluff with a fork to make sure all of the liquid has absorbed.

Finally, stir in the tomatoes that you strained earlier.

Sprinkle a little grated Parmesan over the top, stir it up again, and call it a day.

And by now, your chicken should be finished.

Definitely easy enough for a Tuesday, right?


1 comment:

  1. Great idea using the tomato for cous cous liquid. We use cous cous for a side dish a lot since it's so easy, quick and is a sponge for flavors. Haven't used tomato yet, will do soon. Hey, it just occured to me: Bloody Mary mix cous cous!

    Always enjoy your creations.