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Fast & Easy Dinner: Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Couscous

Fast & Easy Dinner: Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Couscous

Normally I stuff chicken breasts with creamy cheese or buttery ham. When I came across this recipe for herbed couscous stuffed chicken, I got very excited. A much healthier alternative to cheese or pork, couscous is equally delicious. I love how it makes an entire meal in one chicken breast!

Feel free to get creative, if you have a bunch of parsley on hand use that instead of mint. Want to know how it's made?


Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Couscous
From Everyday Food magazine

1/2 cup couscous
coarse salt and ground pepper
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, coarsely chopped
3 tablespoons pine nuts
2 scallions, thinly sliced crosswise
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest plus 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (from 1/2 lemon)
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (6 to 8 ounces each)

  1. In a small saucepan, bring 3/4 cup water to a boil.
  2. Add couscous; season with salt and pepper. Cover, and remove from heat; let steam 5 minutes.
  3. Add mint, pine nuts, scallions, lemon zest and juice, and 1 tablespoon oil; season with salt and pepper, and fluff with a fork.
  4. Lay chicken flat on a work surface. With a paring knife, cut a 2-inch-long slit in the thick side of each breast. Insert knife, and pivot inside chicken without enlarging opening, carefully forming a deep pocket (make sure not to pierce the opposite side). Stuff each breast with an equal amount of couscous mixture, packing it tightly.
  5. In a large skillet, heat remaining tablespoon oil over medium. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Place in skillet, and cook until browned on one side, 6 to 8 minutes. Carefully turn chicken over, and add 1/2 cup water to skillet (a little couscous may fall out). Cover, and cook until chicken is opaque throughout, 6 to 8 minutes more.

Serves 4.

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FashionKid FashionKid 8 years
Advah Advah 8 years
Mint and couscous? I'm in! I usually prepare stuffed peppers like that, but adding some chicken soudns good.
janellethechef janellethechef 8 years
I made this for dinner last night and it was FANTASTIC!! I also used parsley instead of the mint and added some diced sun dried tomatoes to the couscous as well. I used a GIANT chicken breast and stuffed it as full with the couscous as I could get it! I served it with squash sauteed with a bit of the extra scallions. So so good! It was very pretty too! I took a picture that I'll post later!
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 8 years
ooooo this sounds good! its different, which i like!
uaintkidin uaintkidin 8 years
I made this! It was very good. I substituted parsley for the mint and it turned out fine. It was not very easy for me to stuff the couscous in the chicken (it kept falling out); I believe I ended up putting some toothpicks in to hold the chicken and stuffing together. But I will make it again.
CoconutPie CoconutPie 8 years
The taste would probably be really good, but I'm scared it would be a bit dry. Some dried fruits or olives could make the couscous more interesting, or maybe a sauce...
ALSW ALSW 8 years
Sounds good!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
Sounds yum! And easy to make!
busybeegal busybeegal 8 years
This sounds really tasty and simple. I'll probably tweak it just a bit for my family's tastes (as in, omit the mint) but I'll definitely be putting this on the menu. Thanks!
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