Pearl Cous Cous and Quinoa Chicken
This recipe is one of those ones that just happen. With no car and three days of rain in a row I was not going anywhere to get anything (besides Punky from School!). I used the vegetables I had on hand with a couple of things from the garden, the pantry and fridge and took them over to the stove. With the cold wintery weather I boosted the garlic in this recipe in a bid for added protection against the cold germs that are circulating at school right now.
This is the result, a keeper. The flavors worked well together, it was a satisfying meal that I will make again.
- 1 capsicum - cut into 6 pieces
- 1 zucchini (courgette) - peeled and cut into 8 pieces
- 1 punnet cherry tomatoes
- drizzle of oil
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 4 cloves garlic
- 4 grinds fresh pepper
- pinch salt
- 1 tablespoon Hoisin Sauce
- ¼ cup Shaoxing Cooking Wine
- ½ tablespoon oil
- 200-300 grams of chicken - sliced
- 1 cup pearl cous cous
- ¼ cup of quinoa
- handful of kale leaves - stem removes and leaves chopped
- drizzle of oil
- handful of fresh parsley leaves
- Warm oven to 170 degrees
- In an oven dish bake the capsicum, zucchini, cherry tomatoes with a drizzle of oil for approximately 20 minutes
- Turn off the oven and leave the vegetables in the oven to stay warm
- Add the oil into a pan to warm then add the garlic and grinds of pepper
- Add the Shaoxing Wine and bring to a simmer, simmer until reduced by half
- Add the Hoisin Sauce and stir
- Remove from heat and set aside
- Set a saucepan of water to boil for cooking the cous cous and quinoa
- To the pan used for the sauce add the ½ tablespoon of oil and return 2 teaspoons of the sauce
- Add the sliced chicken and cook on a medium high heat until cooked
- Remove from heat and set aside covered to stay warm
- Add the cous cous and quinoa to boiling water to cook for 8-10 minutes.
- While it is cooking add the kale to a pan with a drizzle of oil and cook for a few minutes until it wilts
- Remove from the heat and drain
- Add some cous cous and quinoa to each plate and top with the baked vegetables, kale and chicken
- Drizzle with the sauce and top with the fresh parsley leaves
Shaoxing Wine can be purchased from Asian grocers.
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