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Israeli Chicken and Apricots

With Richard’s Israeli heritage, it is only natural that he should love all foodie things coming from the Middle- East. Spices, apricots, nuts, herbs, and chicken, together with yoghurt, are all well-loved ingredients. When combining them in this wonderful recipe, you can create a sensory trip which is very easy to prepare and which provides excellent dinner-party fare!

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

  • 500 g boneless and skinless chicken breasts, sliced in halves, lengthwise

Marinade:

  • 3 ml chilli flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed 30 ml olive oil
  • 15 ml honey
  • 15 ml lemon juice
  • 5 ml ground coriander 5 ml ground cumin
  • 5 ml paprika
  • 3 ml ground cinnamon
  • Couscous:
  • 1 bunch spring onions, chopped
  • 15 ml olive oil
  • 200 ml couscous (250 ml)
  • 500 ml chicken stock, heated
  • 75 g dried apricots (125 ml), chopped
  • 75 ml pine nuts or slivered almonds, toasted (125 ml) 60 ml fresh parsley, chopped
  • 30 ml fresh mint, chopped
  • Grated rind and juice of 1 lemon
  • 100 g Roma cherry tomatoes, cut in halves Salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste

To serve:

  • Plain, unsweetened, thick yoghurt

METHOD

  1. Mix marinade ingredients together, and place in a plastic zip-loc bag. Add chicken, and mix together
    well. Place in the refrigerator while preparing the rest of the ingredients.
  2. Sauté the spring onions in a little olive oil in a saucepan for two to three minutes
  3.  Add the couscous and apricots. Stir well, then stir in the hot chicken stock. Simmer for 10 minutes, until just cooked.
  4.  Heat a large heavy-based frying pan, and cook the chicken pieces in the marinade for 6 – 7 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
  5. Remove the couscous from the heat. Mix in the nuts, parsley, mint, rind and juice of the lemon, and cherry tomatoes. Season to taste.
  6. Place some couscous on each plate; top with chicken pieces; finish off with a large spoonful of yoghurt. Garnish with a sprig of mint, and a small piece of dried apricot.

Variation:

  •  For a vegetarian option; omit the chicken and use tofu. Use vegetable stock instead of chicken stock.

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Margaret

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