Thursday, 7 May 2009
Recipe - Orange Marinated Chicken with Kicked-up Couscous
I do like couscous but it can be quite boring if you just add water and stand back. I quite often add lemon juice and/or some chopped herbs just to spice it up a bit and make it a bit more interesting. This time though I decided to kick it up properly, and it made it much more interesting.
You can use your favorite store bought salsa (I used Hot Bonesuckin' Salsa from bonesuckin.com - you can get it at Waitrose here in the UK) or make your own. It all depends on how much time you got and how much of an effort you want to make.
The marinade I used is one I use quite often for both chicken and pork. Try it with pork tenderloin, it really works well. The thing I can say, give it proper time to marinade - over night is ideal.
Enough waffling, over to the recipe.
Ingredients (serves 4)
For the orange chicken
4 chicken breasts
2 - 3 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
Freshly ground pepper
Freshly squeezed orange juice
For the kicked-up couscous
4 portions of couscous, prepared and cooked as per the package
5 tbsp salsa
3 tbsp mango chutney
3 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
2 tbsp fresh coriander (cilantro), chopped
Marinading the chicken
Put all the ingredients for the chicken in a plastic bag, making sure to cover all the chicken breasts, and marinate in the fridge for a minimum of three hour
Preheat the oven to 200c.
Put the chicken breasts in a ovensafe dish and pour the marinade over it. Cook in the oven for 20 - 30 minutes or until cooked.
In the meantime, prepare the kicked-up couscous. Mix the salsa, mango chutney, orange juice and coriander well in a bowl. Once mixed, fluff up the cooked couscous using a fork and then mix in the salsa mixture.
Once the chicken is cooked plate up the couscous and put the chicken on top.