A Plum of a ChickenPosted by in Chicken
I’m back to regular posting on this blog, so look for a new recipe at least once a week!
Today’s is inspired by the bounty of stone fruits that are everywhere this time of year.
1/2 cup cooked couscous
1 chicken breast
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon olive oil
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon thyme
1 plum, pit removed, cut into eighths
Place the couscous on the bottom of the parchment paper, roughly in the shape of the chicken breast. Top with chicken breast. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle on thyme and onion powder. Place the plum pieces on top of and around the chicken. Fold parchment (see Technique page of this blog) and bake at 400 for 20 minutes.
The plum melds into the chicken and couscous and the entire package is simply beautiful to see and taste. And there’s no clean up of pots and pans (I usually make couscous in the microwave or in my rice cooker in big batches and freeze it, using it as needed).
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This looks and sons fabulous. What a great combination of flavors!
Er, that would be “sounds” fabulous. Sorry.
It’s not only lovely to look at, I bet it tastes awesome too!
That IS beautiful–do you have any suggestions as to which plums work best? At my grocers there’s a whole assortment right now–I’ve been snacking on the yellow ones but they’re not as firm as the others.
Any you like. I used black plums in this, but yellow would be fine. I also really love the little prune plums, also called French plums.
I am so impressed with your creativity using only a few ingredients – and no pot!
So, does this taste a bit like chicken with plum sauce? That’s what I’m imagining.
I love the idea of cooking chicken with plums. Never thought of it before. Eager to give it a try! And looking forward to reading more of your recipes!!
Well not really because I don’t think plum sauce actually has any plums in it and it is so sickly sweet. This is just nice and fruity tasting.
Can’t wait to try this–my cooking plan for the winter months is to discover and try some new more Mediterranean or Middle Eastern recipes. I think this qualifies!
Cannot wait to try this recipe.
My Midwestern meat-and-potatoes sensibilities never think of combining fruit and meat, but it always sounds good in a recipe.
This looks so easy to do. I’m always on the lookout for new chicken recipes. I’ll be trying this one.