Lemony Couscous with Peas and Chicken

Lemony Couscous with Peas and Chicken


Last night I was looking through my recipes and trying to find something that would be easy and quick to make, inexpensive, and healthy.  I chose this recipe for Lemony Couscous with Chicken and Peas, and it turned out to be the perfect weeknight meal.   One thing I like about this recipe is that it incorporates vegetables (peas), protein (chicken) and grains (couscous) all in the same pot (and one pot = less dishes! :) ).  The lemon and parsley add freshness to the dish, and the garlic and onions give it lots of flavor.  Enjoy!

Lemony Couscous with Peas and Chicken

(print recipe)

Ingredients

  • ½ rotisserie chicken
  • 1 ½ Tbsp butter
  • 1 ½ Tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup white or yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 ¼ cups chicken broth
  • 2 wide strips of lemon peel, plus additional zest for garnish (I used lemon zest instead of strips)
  • 1 ½ cups frozen peas
  • 1 cup whole wheat couscous (my grocery store didn’t have whole wheat couscous so I just used regular)
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp parsley, chopped
  • Salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Skin and debone ½ a rotisserie chicken.  Shred meat and set aside.  Reserve any drippings from the carton.
  2. Heat butter and olive oil over medium-high heat.  Add onion and cook until softened.  Stir in garlic and cook 1 minute.  Add broth and drippings to pan and bring to boil.  Stir in lemon peel and peas and return to a boil.  Stir in couscous and stir and add chicken.  Cover and turn off heat.  Let sit for 7 minutes.
  3. Add lemon juice and salt & pepper to taste.  Fluff with a fork.  Divide into bowls and serve garnished with parsley and additional lemon zest.

Serves: 4
Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride Blog; Originally adapted from Everyday Food, May 2010

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