Mediterranean Chicken Over Saffron Couscous

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!  😀

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