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?
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)
- In a small saucepan, bring 3/4 cup water to a boil.
- Add couscous; season with salt and pepper. Cover, and remove from heat; let steam 5 minutes.
- Add mint, pine nuts, scallions, lemon zest and juice, and 1 tablespoon oil; season with salt and pepper, and fluff with a fork.
- 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.
- 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.