Chicken and Mint Couscous with Apricots

chicken breast does not have to be boring, this exotic {easy to make} dish proves so. if you’re fed-up with another night of, blah, grilled chicken breast, then hey, live a little and try this out. i promise it will incite a reaction, The Beau and i both loved it.

list of ingredients follows:

  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 8 peppermint tea bags
  • 1 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1 cup uncooked couscous
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint (optional)

{step 1}Β  boil water in a medium-size saucepan. remove from heat. add tea bags and apricots; let the concoction marinate for 10 minutes.

lots of empty tea bags {going to good use}!

{step 2} remove tea bags from water. add couscous to pan and make sure to leave the delicious apricots right where they’re at {in the pan}! stir up all that yummy goodness and let stand for 20 minutes, make sure you cover the pan. {fyi – no extra heat is needed}.

couscous gettin ready to go in.

{step 3} cut the chicken into bite-size pieces while the couscous soaks up the tea. gotta give that chicken some flavor! pull out your salt, turmeric & paprika and shake/sprinkle over the chicken pieces; stir up the mixture in a bowl to make sure each piece of chicken is seasoned. heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until hot. add chicken and cook until its done {no pink please}. make sure to stir it a couple times so it cooks evenly.

spice things up a little.

{step 4} by this time your couscous should’ve been sitting for 20 minutes, add it to skillet along with butter, salt, cinnamon, and chopped mint. stir it up well! now its time to spoon it into your bowl. this dish is ready for eatin!!

the final steps to deliciousness!

warning. the smell of the dish is incredible {your neighbors may come knocking on your door}!

excuse me, it's time to eat!

as you may have noticed, most of my ingredients are organic {including the chicken, butter & mint}. i try to cook with as much organic products as possible – good for taste, better for health {keep those nasty pesticides away from me}. the couscous is very filling, i forced myself to finish the whole bowl, because it was so delish! however, i didn’t feel weighed down or stuffed…perhaps the peppermint even gave me a little energy boost!

so, give this a try. let me know what you think. did you make any adjustments? add or take anything away? leave a comment, i’d love your feedback.

– jennifer elizabeth {the glossy queen}

{note #1} this recipe was adapted from myrecipes.com, view the original version here.

{note #2} all images taken by jennifer elizabeth

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