Italian Chicken for two with couscous
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, halved
  • EVOO
  • 1-2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 large onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 plum tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • ¼ cup kalamata olives, seeded and chopped
  • 1 Tbsp capers, drained
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • ¼ cup chardonnay
  • 1 can chicken broth
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, chiffonade
  • 1 box Near East toasted pine nut couscous
  1. Rinse chicken, pat dry and season with salt and pepper. In a large skillet heat 1 tbsp butter and a little EVOO over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook for 4-5 minutes on each side or until brown. Remove from pan and keep warm on a plate tented with foil.
  2. 2. In same pan add remaining butter and oil (if needed), onion and garlic. Saute for about 2 minutes or until onions are soft. Add tomatoes and a little chicken broth while scraping browned bits from pan. Add olives, capers, salt and pepper to skillet. Let it come to a boil, reduce heat and cover pan. Let cook for about 3 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare couscous according to package directions and substitute chicken broth for water. (May be a little short on broth so add water if needed) Stir together wine and cornstarch; add to skillet. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Add chicken to pan and any juices that accumulated in the dish. Stir in basil. Let cook for 2 minutes more.
  3. 3. Serve 3 pieces of chicken per person with sauce over couscous.
I love kalamata olives and try to use them whenever I can. Just discovered couscous and I think it's great. For this dish I sometimes use prebought bruschetta instead of the tomatoes when we have it on hand.