Chicken Couscous Stir Fry Stack

Every now and again, I feel like something different – a taste explosion as Pete calls it.  This usually only occurs when all I have on hand are the normal day to day ingredients and nothing out of the ordinary to help produce said taste explosion.  Now, a stir fry is always a winner in my book, as is pan fried chicken breasts and couscous ranks right up at the top of the list too although none really stand out as something different until you throw all of these elements together.  My taste buds were very happy with this lip smacking lunch.

Chicken Couscous Stir Fry Stack

Ingredients

Couscous
Chicken breasts
Spice of choice – I used vegetable spice
Onion sliced
Button mushrooms thinly sliced
Orange bell pepper sliced
Baby cabbage sliced
Ginger finely chopped
Garlic finely chopped
Sweet chilli sauce
Soy sauce

Method

  1. Prepare the couscous according to the package instructions.
  2. Butterfly the chicken breasts and fry in a little butter with your spice of choice. Cut into strips.
  3. Stir fry all of the veggies until al dente.
  4. Mix the couscous into the veggies.
  5. Stack the couscous veggie mixture and place the chicken on top.
  6. Drizzle with sweet chilli sauce and soy sauce.

Couscous Salad

A fellow blogger buddy Michael Beyer (Oishii) was recently looking for a couscous salad recipe and I promised I would post mine for him – I just needed the opportunity to make it again so I could put quantities to the ingredients – it’s one of those recipes I just make and never actually “measure” anything.  We had family over for a braai (barbecue) this weekend so I jumped at the opportunity to make this delicious salad, as it is a great addition for this type of meal. The idea is to have the veggies al dente and its fabulous served at room temperature.

Couscous Salad

Ingredients

2 cups couscous prepared according the package instructions
Olive oil
2 cups cauliflower mini florets
1 large onion sliced
1 carrot scraped and julienned
2 cups broccoli mini florets
3 garlic cloves minced
1 inch piece ginger root minced
Juice of half a lemon
Salt & black pepper

Method

  1. Get the wok really hot and drizzle in some olive oil, add and stir-fry the cauliflower
 for one minute.
  2. Add the onion and carrot and stir-fry for a further minute or two.
  3. Add the broccoli and stir-fry for one minute.
  4. Add the garlic and ginger and stir-fry for one minute.
  5. Add the couscous and squeeze over the lemon juice, salt and black pepper and stir all the ingredients together.