Butternut and Chicken Cous Cous
Cous cous is a great, quick and tasty option for a meal. A lot of people only know it as a type of salad, but it can make a delicious meal on its own.
I used to make cous cous for myself when I stayed at res during my varsity days, it was quick and easy and usually very plain. Since then it has been a quick and delicious meal option, something most people will enjoy. With cous cous there are so many options on what you can do with it. I will give a basic recipe for a butternut and chicken cous cous meal, you can add your own additions to it.
BUTTERNUT AND CHICKEN COUS COUS – serves four; takes about 30 – 45 minutes
– 4-6 chicken fillets, cubed
– cous cous, 1 cup
– 1 cube chicken stock
– 1 1/2 cup boiled water
– 1/2 butternut cut in cubes
– 1/2 onion, chopped
– 1/2 green pepper, sliced
– 100g mushrooms, sliced
– handful of green beans cut into thirds (I added this, but you can leave it)
– olive oil
– chicken spice
– salt and pepper
1. Add 1 1/2 cup boiling water with 1 cube chicken stock to dry cous cous, mix through and let it stand on the side until ready to use (it will be ready by the time you are done preparing the rest of the recipe).
2. Start boiling or steaming the butternut cubes until soft, but still firm (you don’t want it to mush when stirring through the cous cous later on).
3. Stir fry the chicken cubes with butter and oil in a separate pan, adding chicken spice.
4. While butternut and chicken is cooking; Sauté onions, green peppers and beans in a separate larger pot.
5. Add mushrooms until cooked soft.
6. When chicken and butternut is ready add it to the onion mix, add the cous cous and mix well.
7. Add a dash of olive oil to help loosen the cous cous and make it moist – stir it through.
8. That is it! Now you can add pan roasted butternut seeds or nuts and cubes of feta cheese to make the dish even more interesting. I did not have any in stock so could not do it this time unfortunately.
9. Add salt and pepper to your own taste.
I trust you will find this delicious and would also experiment with your own different veggies and flavours as your options with cous cous are endless!