“Dirty” couscous is cooked with vegetables and Creole spices to give it its soiled appearance, but it is so delicious. Top with soy and honey glazed chicken for a delightful weeknight dish.
By Anina Meyer
A delicious mid week dinner of honey and soy chicken served with dirty couscous.
Yes, dirty couscous doesn’t sound too good does it? But in fact – it is completely delicious.
You might be more familiar with the term ‘dirty rice’, right? It is a traditional Creole dish made with white rice cooked with pieces of chicken or liver with added ingredients like peppers, celery, onion and spices – like cayenne and black pepper, to give it a ‘dirty’ colour.
Even though my dirty couscous has no liver, I did manage to add onion, yellow pepper, black pepper, paprika and fresh basil to the mix to serve with honey and soy grilled chicken strips.
- 5 tablespoons butter
- 2 chicken breast fillets, pounded and cut into strips
- ¼ cup honey
- 4 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
- salt and pepper to season
- 15 ml olive oil
- ½ teaspoon crushed garlic
- half a yellow pepper, finely chopped
- 1 red onion, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- salt and black pepper to season
- 2 cups cooked couscous
- a handful of chopped basil
- Heat the butter in a saucepan and fry the chicken strips until done. Remove from heat, add the honey and soy sauce and mix through. Season.
- In another pan, heat the olive oil and sauté the garlic, pepper and onion. Remove from heat and season with paprika, salt and black pepper.
- Add the sautéed ingredients to the cooked couscous and mix through.
- Lastly add the basil and mix it through.
- Serve by plating the couscous and topping it off with the chicken strips.