This is one of my “comfort” foods. Like, when I’ve had a long day, I like to make this and just inhale it! The chicken always turns out, and it always hits the spot.
This is my adaptation of Rachael Ray’s recipe: http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/recipe/15613_Lemon_Poppy_Chicken_With_Sweet_Pea_amp_Mint_Couscous/index.html
I only changed two things, so it’s still HER recipe. Please visit her website above for her version!!!
- 2 1/2 cups vegetable stock, divided
- 1/2 bag of frozen sweet baby peas
- 1 cup israeli couscous
- 3 to 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
- 1 cup flour
- Salt and pepper
- 2 lemons zested, 1 juiced
- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken tenderloins, cut into bite-size pieces(I used 6 chicken tenderloins)
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
- 10 leaves of basil, chopped
- 10 leaves of mint, chopped
Place a medium-size saucepot over high heat and add 1 1/2 cups of the vegetable stock. Bring to a boil then add the peas and the couscous. Place a lid on the pot and turn off the heat. Let sit for 5 minutes. (Israeli Couscous has different prep instructions. If you use this kind of coucous please follow the proper directions on the box!)
While the stock is coming up to a boil for the couscous, place a large skillet over high heat with 3 turns of the pan of EVOO, about 3-4 tablespoons. While the skillet is heating up, place the flour on a plate. Toss the chicken in the flour to coat, shaking off any excess. Add the chicken pieces to the hot skillet. Season the chicken liberally with salt, pepper and the lemon zest, and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring every now and then to get them brown all over.
Once the chicken has browned, add the remaining cup chicken stock to the skillet. Once the stock is hot, add the butter and poppy seeds. Stir until the butter has melted and the sauce has thickened up a bit, about a minute. Turn off the heat and squeeze the juice of 1 lemon into the pan.
With a microplane or the smallest grade of a handheld box grater, grate in the garlic the last 2 minutes of cooking.
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