Stuff chicken breasts with a savory mixture of couscous, tomato, olive and feta cheese for an elegant, Mediterranean-style meal that’s fit for company.
1/3 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup uncooked couscous
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided
3 tablespoons chopped plum tomato
2 tablespoons kalamata olives, chopped
2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano
2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1 minced garlic clove
4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
How to Make It
Bring broth to a boil in a small saucepan; remove from heat. Stir in couscous. Cover and let stand 4 minutes. Place couscous in a small bowl; fluff with a fork. Cool for 10 minutes. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and next 8 ingredients (through garlic); toss.
Place chicken between 2 sheets of plastic wrap; pound to 1/4-inch thickness. Divide couscous mixture evenly among breast halves; roll up jelly-roll fashion. Secure with wooden picks. Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
Preheat oven to 400°.
Heat a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add chicken to pan; cook for 6 minutes or until browned; turn chicken over. Bake at 400° for 5 minutes or until chicken is done.
I made this for the first time tonight, and it was amazing ! Definitely a hit with my family. The only things I didn't add was the olives, oregano and parsley, otherwise everything else was done as directed. Will definitely be making this again !
Delicious, fast and very tender! We didn't have the Feta, but really enjoyed it with a bit of extra garlic and herbs. Found that holding it together with twine rather than tooth-picks worked best as it allowed all sides to be browned evenly.
The flavors of this dish were wonderful! I forgot to add the oregano and it was still fabulous. I'd suggest using tenderloins to make the rolling easier.
To see my take on this recipe, check out http://www.icancookthat.org/2012/02/couscous-stuffed-chicken.html
Very tasty... worth the effort... don't skimp on the Feta.... didn't bake... kept turning the chicken on med-high on all sides until nicely browned.... then turned down low and covered for about 10 minutes turning once.... was great....
This recipe elevates chicken to a whole new plane of deliciousness. I would absolutely recommend it to anyone and serve it to guests in a heartbeat. I used two cloves of garlic, but otherwise followed the recipe exactly and the result was fantastic. The chicken came out perfectly cooked. I served it with a side of squash sauteed in a bit of cooking spray, sprinkled with a bit of salt and pepper, and cooked it in the pan I used to brown the chicken before transferring it to the oven, and it was perfect.