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Chicken-Broccoli Couscous

For dinner last night I tried a new Rachael Ray recipe from the Dec. issue of her mag.  Finally a RR recipe that was very quick prep and didn’t require 5 dishes!  This was really good!!  And (sadly) it was my first time using couscous.  Never realized how easy it is to make couscous either.  Glad I tried it.  We all like it.  Definitely gonna use that as a grain more often now.  We all liked this recipe.  The raisins really add a nice flavor to it.  I didn’t add the sliced almonds for Rebecca’s sake.  I just served it with almonds and cashews on the side for sprinkling.  I cooked extra chicken on Sunday so I didn’t have to do that step last night.  It only took about 15 min. to make this.  Love that!

Chicken-Broccoli Couscous

1/4 cup EVOO
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I shredded a large chicken breast I had cooked earlier in the week)
salt and pepper
3 cups chicken broth (I used a little less than this)
1 (10 oz.) box couscous (I used a little less than this)
1 onion, finely chopped (I used about a 1/4 onion)
1 head broccoli, broken into small florets (I used frozen broccoli, thawed)
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley (I used dried)
1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted (I served nuts on the side)

In a large skillet, heat 2 Tbsp. EVOO over medium heat.  Season chicken with salt and pepper, add to pan, cook, turning once, until cooked through, about 10 min.  Transfer to a work surface, let cool, shred; reserve the skillet.

Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, bring 2 cups chicken broth and 1 Tbsp. EVOO to a boil; season with salt and pepper.  Add the couscous, cover and remove from heat; let stand for 5 min., then fluff with a fork.

In the reserved skillet heat the remaining 1 Tbsp. EVOO over medium heat.  Add the onion and cook until softened, about 5 min.  Add the broccoli and the remaining 1 cup chicken broth and simmer 5 min.  Stir in the chicken, raisins, parsley and couscous; season with salt and pepper.  Toss with the almonds before serving.

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One comment

  1. Sara says:

    I saw this in the magazine, too, and ripped it out to put in my pile of recipes to try one day. Glad you guys loved it! Maybe I’ll have to make it in the next couple of weeks – I have some couscous in the pantry that I need to use up!

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