Posted by: inyomouth | November 7, 2009

Basil Breaded Chicken and Pine Nut Couscous


This meal went together pretty fast. You can start the chicken first and prepare the rest while it cooks. The colors and texture of the couscous is great.


Basil Breaded Chicken:

1.5 lbs chicken breast
fresh ground black pepper
1 c panko bread crumbs
1/4 c parmesan cheese
1 Tbsp fresh chopped or dried basil
olive oil
fresh chopped basil (for topping)

Salt and pepper the chicken. Stir together bread crumbs, parmesan, and basil in a bowl. Coat the chicken in breadcrumbs, pressing to help the mixture adhere. Heat oil in a pan, cook chicken on both sides until breading begins to brown and meat is cooked through. Top with fresh basil.


Pine Nut Couscous:

1.5 cups dry whole wheat couscous
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 c pine nuts
2 cloves garlic minced
1 lemon zested and juiced
2 cups fresh baby spinach
1/2 cup feta cheese
1 cup sliced grape tomatoes

Prepare the couscous according to the directions on the box. Heat oil in a large skillet and sauté pine nuts and garlic until golden brown and fragrant. Add cooked couscous, lemon zest and juice, spinach and feta. Stir until well mixed and spinach begins to wilt. Turn off heat. Add tomatoes and serve.




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