Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Garlic Chicken & Israeli Couscous

So much has happened since I last blogged..... I completely fell off track with blogging and fun new cooking ideas, but I'm back and so excited to share some new recipes with all of you....

I recently gave birth to my third child and although my nights seem to be sleepless, I've had so many cooking ideas on my mind.... There's a lot in store for the future and I cannot wait to throw some new recipes out at you!!!!

Here's my latest attempt. I got this recipe from the wonderful Anne Burrel and I altered her recipe a bit... 

I absolutely loved this meal. My husband doesn't like the small couscous so I was hoping he would like this couscous, but no luck.... I guess he's just not a couscous kind of guy.... But here you go, for those of you who need a little couscous in your life. 

Ingredients:
  • 2 whole garlic bulbs
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 large bunch thyme, leaves only
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds, toasted and ground (I toasted in a pan and ground by hand with a mortar & pestle)
  • Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 (4 to 5-pound) chicken, cut into 8 to 10 parts
  • Couscous:
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 cups medium-size Israeli couscous
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 3 ribs celery, sliced thin on the bias
  • Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 cups dry white wine
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 zucchini, green part only, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 2 to 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 3 scallions, white and green, sliced thinly