Winner! Winner! Chicken Dinner!!
Last night, I made Mediterranean Chicken Over Saffron Couscous from Rachael Ray’s 365: No Repeats cookbook. I have made another one of her mediterranean chicken recipes in the past and was not thrilled (it had kalamata olives AND oranges…was not a fan of the combo!). This recipe, however, was fantastic! A definite make-again…I cannot wait for the leftovers tonight! I just love all the flavors…kalamata olives, artichokes, red onion, grape tomatoes…
This recipe comes highly recommended!
- Heat about 2 tablespoons EVOO in a pan over medium-high heat.
- Season 1 pound of chicken breast with s&p and a little cayenne (I used thin cut breasts).
- Dredge in flour. Shake off excess.
- Cook the chicken. Remove from the pan. Cover with foil to keep warm.
- Add about 2 more tablespoons EVOO to the pan and return to heat.
- Add 1 large red onion and about 4 cloves garlic, chopped. Season with s&p.
- Add about 1 tablespoon of fresh thyme, chopped.
- Cook until onions and garlic are soft, about 5 minutes. Stir often!
- Add 1 cup dry white wine and 12 ounces artichokes (I used the marinated kind for extra flavor).
- Bring to a simmer.
- Add 1 cup chicken stock, 1/2 pint grape tomatoes, and about 15 kalamata olives, cut in half.
- Cook until tomatoes start to burst and sauce reduces.
- Add the chicken back to the sauce to warm through.
- Finish with fresh chopped basil and parsley.
The couscous was super quick as always…
- Combine 2 cups chicken stock with a pinch of saffron, 1 crushed garlic clove, and some s&p.
- Bring to a boil.
- Add box of couscous, stir, cover, and shut off heat.
- Let sit 5 minutes then fluff with a fork.
Serve the chicken over the couscous. So yummy!
On a side note…I need to share what I discovered at my local Stop & Shop yesterday. I went to buy a jar of kalamata olives and was quite annoyed at the $6.50 price tag for a very small jar. I suddenly remembered the Mediterranean Bar. I had walked past it a thousand times, but never really stopped to inspect it. I cannot believe that I never used it before! They have so many delicious black and green olives and other Mediterranean treats! The best part was I was able to the exact amount of olives needed (with a little extra for me to snack on of course!), and it was cheap! I got almost 1/2 a pound for just $2.80. This Mediterranean Bar is my new favorite thing! Definitely stop by yours the next time you are at Stop & Shop! 😀