Tomatoes and basil in any dish together scream summer to me. And since we are in the middle of winter (actually, not even.. we have quite a bit of winter to go), who doesn't need a little bit of summer?
This recipe was inspired by a recipe in the blog I was given for the most recent Taste of Home Cooking recipe swap. For this swap, instead of submitting a specific recipe, we simply submitted our blogs and were given another blog from which we could choose any recipe. The blog I was given was Does Not Cook Well with Others. I browsed through her recipes, and decided to use this recipe for Chicken Tomato Basil Cous-Cous Salad as my inspiration. The original recipe is a cold salad, but I wanted to bring the flavors of summer to a hot dish.
Here is what I did -
- 1 box of pearled cous cous
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts pounded to 1/2 inch thickness
- Salt, pepper, Italian herbs (I use McCormick Perfect Pinch Italian - it's just dried herbs, no salt)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1/2 sm onion, chopped
- 2 plum tomatoes, chopped
- 1 tbsp white balsamic vinegar (regular would work fine, but I didn't want to change the color of my dish)
- 3/4 c low sodium chicken broth
- Handful of fresh basil, cut into a chiffonade
- Optional: fresh mozzarella, about 1 tbsp per chicken breast, chopped
- Cook cous cous according to package directions
- Season chicken with salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning
- Heat olive oil in a saute pan over medium-high heat
- Add chicken; saute 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a dish and keep warm.
- Add a touch of olive oil to your pan if it is dry. Add garlic and onions; saute 2 minutes.
- Add tomatoes, saute 2 minutes.
- Add balsamic vinegar and stir into ingredients for about 30 seconds.
- Add chicken broth and half of your basil. Bring to a steady simmer.
- Return chicken to the pan and let simmer 5 minutes.
- Serve over cous cous, top with the tomato broth, basil, and and the fresh mozzarella
Yes, this definitely tasted like summer!! Now if only I could wear flip-flops instead of boots...