This is a restaurant quality meal with little prep and easy clean up. Most of the ingredients are probably things you have on hand, and cooking everything under the broiler means it is start to finish in less than 25 minutes. So, here’s the deal. If you are not cooking with natural or organic chicken thighs, it is time to start! They are relatively inexpensive, moist, succulent, and super kid friendly! Dark chicken meat is higher in iron and B vitamins than white, and still has less fat than beef. By using a natural or organic version, you will keep your family safe from the dangerous hormones and antibiotics found in many conventional brands. Artichokes are a natural way to detoxify the liver, and are high in potassium, fiber, and iron. Serving the chicken and vegetables on a bed of whole wheat, lemon-parmesan couscous is a great immunity boosting way to round out the meal, add a bit of bone-building calcium, and bring great depth to the flavors. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a printer friendly and more detailed version of this recipe. Happy eating!
Ingredients (Serves 2):
Boneless, skinless chicken thighs, 4 (about 12 ounces total)
Marinated artichoke hearts, one 12-ounce jar, drained
Cherry tomatoes, 8 – 10
Extra virgin olive oil, 1 tbsp + 1 tbsp
Whole wheat couscous, 2/3 cup
Organic chicken broth, 2/3 cup
Parmesan-reggiano, 1/4 cup
Lemon zest, from one lemon
Flat leaf parsley, 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp
Sea salt, 1/2 tsp + 1/4 tsp
Fresh ground black pepper, 1/4 tsp + 1/4 tsp
Prep and Instructions (25 minutes):
Preheat broiler for about 10 minutes. While broiler heats, drain artichokes and chop 1/4 cup flat leaf parsley. Drizzle 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil over chicken thighs. Season with 1/2 tsp sea salt and 1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper. Place chicken thighs and artichokes on broiler pan and broil for 6 minutes. Turn chicken thighs and add tomatoes to broiler pan. Broil 6 minutes more.
Meanwhile, bring 2/3 cup chicken broth just to a boil. Remove from heat, stir in couscous, and cover with lid. After 5 minutes, fluff couscous with a fork. Stir in parmesan-reggiano, lemon zest, 1/4 cup flat leaf parsley, and 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil. Season with 1/4 tsp each sea salt and black pepper.
Place a bed of couscous on each plate. Top with divided chicken thighs, artichokes, and tomatoes. Garnish with reserved parsley. Serve and enjoy!
Notes: This is the perfect amount of food for 2 adults. Feel free to double it for a larger family. If you are 2 adults and a toddler, just throw a few extra tomatoes and additional chicken thigh under the broiler. Annie thought this meal was great! To keep the mess to a minimum, I mix her couscous with a bit of plain yogurt.