Mediterranean Chicken Stew.

I’m a failure and didn’t take a photo of my food again!

It was a Mediterranean style stew, so have a photo of the Mediterranean Sea!

Also, for a moment, just think about taking a vacation to Morocco.

Yes, please. My recipe wasn’t necessarily Moroccan, but couscous is an original Berber food — food history is fun!

Without further ado, the recipe for Mediterranean Chicken Stew:

What you’ll need:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs (about 1 1/2 lbs), cut into 1-inch pieces
  • salt and pepper
  • 6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium/large onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon basil
  • 1 – 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes in puree
  • 1 1/2 lbs escarole, ends discarded, roughly chopped
  • a box of couscous (makes 4.5 servings), cooked according to instructions on package

What you’ll do:

  1. Season chicken pieces with salt and pepper.
  2. In a heavy pot (at least 5 quarts), heat oil over medium-high heat and add chicken pieces. Toss occasionally until browned. transfer to a plate when browned.
  3. Add garlic, onion, oregano and basil to pot. Cook until onions begin to brown. Don’t worry if the pot gets gross and brown looking. That burnt on gunk is yummy and will flavor your stew once you add the tomatoes.
  4. Speaking of tomatoes, add them to the pot once onions are a bit brown. Simmer for about 10 minutes to thicken the mixture. Add the chicken pieces (and any accumulated chicken juices) and bring the mixture to a simmer again for a few minutes (5).
  5. Add the escarole a little at a time. Throw in a handful and mix, then throw in another handful and mix. Keep going until all the escarole is in and then cover the pot so the escarole wilts down a little (4 minutes).
  6. Serve over couscous.
  7. (Optional: Say couscous at least 10 times while you eat just because it’s fun to say!)

Couscous. Couscous. Couscous.
It’s good for you! Mine had 8 grams of protein in a cup of prepared couscous. That’s not too bad!

So, what did I learn tonight? I love couscous and I need to find it somewhere for less than $2 a box.

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