We had this for the first time late last year. I was a little nervous about introducing couscous to my kids. To my surprise my (then) 8 year old son really enjoyed it! I think he liked the change from potatoes or rice. I do have to admit though, I didn’t use plain couscous, I used pouches that had coriander and lemon taste. And I have ever since.
My daughter is not a fan of couscous so we let her have rice.
I will remind you that my family is very big and this was enough for us, my Aupair and my father in law. If you have a “normal” sized family I suggest you half it.
You will need the following ingredients:
- Olive oil (for frying)
- 4 Garlic cloves, crushed
- 2 tins diced Tomatoes (800 gr)
- 2 dl Pineapple juice
- 6 tbsp Honey
- 2 tbsp Apple vinegar or other mild vinegar
- 2 tbsp Maple syrup
- 2 tsp Ginger
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1200 gr Chicken breast
- 300 gr couscous
- Preheat the oven by setting it at 220°C.
- Warm up the oil on a big pan and fry the crushed garlic in it for about a minute, or till it’s soft but not burned.
- Add the tomatoes onto the pan and mash them with a potato masher. Don’t worry about lumps though as it shouldn’t be completely smooth.
- Add pineapple juice, honey, vinegar, syrup, ginger and salt to the pan and bring to the boil. Make it simmer for about 10 minutes, or until it has thickened a little.
- Meanwhile, spray an oven tray with a little olive oil (or spread it onto the tray) and place the chicken breasts onto the tray.
- Pour the sauce over the chicken and place in the oven for about 20 minutes, or until the chicken is fully cooked.
- Just before the chicken is ready, cook the couscous according to instructions on the pouch.
- Once the 20 minutes are up, change the oven settings to the grill and grill the chicken in the tray for another 2 minutes.
As I have said before, I cannot trust my oven and therefore I cut the breasts into smaller pieces and fry them on a pan before I put them in the oven. However, if you have a good oven I would not do that as it risks the chicken getting a little dryer than it has to be.