I don’t know why…but I had always thought couscous was a nightmare to cook. Never mind I had never cooked it before. Maybe it’s because good couscous can be so amazingly fluffy and light….which got me to assume that it’d take a lot of skills to produce good couscous.
How wrong was I! Recently, I bought a packet of couscous just cause it was on sale and I’m so glad I did because I finally found out that cooking couscous is easy. In fact, it seems even easier than cooking rice or pasta!
# – Delicious lemon chicken couscous.
Don’t believe me? Read on….
- 200 grams of chicken fillet, chopped
(Marinade the chopped chicken fillet with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, salt, some cooking oil and a dash of cornflour for 30 minutes)
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon of lemon zest
- 50 grams of butter
- 120 grams of instant couscous
- 100 ml of water
- 1 handful of raisins
- 1 tablespoon of salt
# – First, marinade the chicken in lemon juice, salt, cooking oil and some cornflour for 30 minutes.
# – Then, heat up a well greased griddle and lay all the marinaded chicken meat on it for a few minutes.
# – Turn to cook the other side. Also for a few minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
# – Boil the water in a pan. Add in butter and the salt.
# – When water has started bubbling, turn off the heat and pour the couscous in.
# – Also chuck in the handful of raisins.
# – As well as the lemon zest.
# – Now turn on the lowest heat and gently stir the couscous till it’s not longer wet and the couscous seem fluffy.
# – At this point, add in the grilled chicken made earlier. Mix them up nicely.
# – Before serving, pour some lemon juice all over the couscous.
# – Lemon chicken couscous, DONE!
The couscous was fluffy and light with a nice lemony tang to it, made interesting by the burst of sweetness from the raisins. The meat was tender and deliciously flavoured by the lemon marinade…making this dish a real winner.
Since we’re here, do you know that couscous is also a healthier alternative to pasta or rice? According to Wiki, it has a superior vitamin profile to pasta, containing twice as much riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, and folate, and containing four times as much thiamine and pantothenic acid!
I don’t even know what pantothenic acid does but hey, hook me up!