Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Leeky Chicken & Couscous

One of Zoey's favorite birthday gifts last week was from Aunt Jackie (sent all the way from Wisconsin)! It is a Minnie costume. Of course, Lily had to show her how to put on the ears. Heehee Look how stinkin' cute she looks...

For dinner last night I made one of my favorite dishes...Rachel Ray's Leeky Chicken and Couscous. Mine is a slightly altered version. (Yes, I always have to change it up just a bit to make it easier for me!)

Leeky Chicken and Couscous
1 & 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 Tbsp butter
1/4 cup golden raisins
1 & 1/2 cups couscous
2 Tbsp EVOO
1 1/2 lbs chicken tenders cut into bite size pieces (this is where I changed it up. I didn't have chicken tenders on hand. I had whole chicken breasts, so I cut those up to make about a cup and a half worth)
2 leeks
1 cup dry white whine
Parsley, chopped
(The ingredients are similar to the arroz con pollo from yesterday, so I was able to get a lot of bang for my buck when grocery shopping for this week's meals)
1. Heat the chicken broth and butter in a medium pan. (Use a pan with a tight fitting lid). When the broth boils, add the raisins and couscous. Take the saucepan off the heat. Stir in the couscous and place the lid on the pan. Let stand.
2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add EVOO. Add the chicken, season with salt and pepper and cook until browned.
3. While the chicken cooks, trim the tops and roots from the leeks. Cut the remaining white and tender green parts in half lengthwise, then cut the leeks into 1 inch half moons. Place the leeks in a colander and run cold water over them. Separate layers to release dirt and grit. Rinse well.
4. Stir leeks into the chicken and wilt for 2-3 minutes. Add the wine and let it cook down by half. The leeks should be tender and bright green. Chicken should be cooked through.
5. Fluff the couscous with a fork and stir in parsley. Spool onto a plate and top with chicken and leeks.


  1. Aww I'm glad ZuZu likes her gift. She looks adorable. Miss you guys! ;)

  2. What a pretty shade of pink!!! That is one fine costume!

  3. Shel, Your kids are sooo cute!

  4. Holy cr@p, Z is SO cute!!!!!



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