Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Chicken Couscous

1 1/2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 3/4" pieces
1 small onion, quartered and thinly sliced
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp ground pepper
1 carrot shredded
3 garlic cloves, minced
Dash of ground cinnamon (the original recipe called for 1 Tbsp)
1 can of chicken broth
1/2 -3/4 cup green peas
1 cup couscous
1/2 cup salted pistachios or slivered almonds
1/2 cup sliced green onions (greens only)

Heat large skillet over medium high heat. Heat the oil. Add the chicken and onion, sprinkle with the salt and pepper and cook for 5 min, or until lightly browned, stirring frequently. Add the carrot, garlic, and cinnamon and cook for 30 seconds or until aromatic.

Stir in the broth and peas. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to med-low, and simmer for 1-2 min, or until the chicken is no longer pink in the center. Stir in the couscous. Cover and remove from the heat. Let site for 5 min or until the liquid is absorbed. Stir in nuts and green onions. Serve immediately.

*This recipe is adapted from a recipe I got out of the book Chicken and Egg. In her recipe she has raisins, but because my hubby has a serious dislike for fruit and meat together I opted to put the peas in.

Brownie Bliss

1- 18.4 oz brownie mix
1 cup chopped peanut butter cups*
1 container whipped vanilla frosting
4-6 graham crackers, crumbled

1. Heat oven to 350°. Line a 9x9 pan with foil, allowing foil to extend over pan edges.
2. Prepare brownie mix according to package instructions. Stir in 1/2 cup of peanut butter cups. Spread batter into pan. Bake according to package instructions. Cool completely.
3. Spread frosting, top with graham crackers and remaining peanut butter cups. Use foil to lift brownies from pan.

*Make it nut free by substituting malted milk balls for peanut butter cups.

I actually made mine in an 8x8 so they were just really thick but oh so delicious! They were even great without the frosting and extra toppings.