Sometimes it really doesn’t really matter what you come up with cooking for lunch or dinner as long as it's a quick pretty healthy and makes a tasty dish. This curried chicken and green beans couscous does definitely tick all the boxes for me and I am sure it will do just that for you too!
Coming from work after a whole day of running around or standing all you’d need is ..... a takeaway you’d say but I’d just quickly say, well.... think twice, I’d just open the fridge instead, I’d see what’s in there and I’d give it a quick go. It is amazing what you could quickly put together. You could come up with a healthy meal like this curried chicken dish, it is so yummy.
Even if the chicken breast hasn’t been taken out of the freezer because it's a sudden and pretty instant decision don't panic. I do this many times. Take it out there and then and do a quick thawing or simply leave it out for 15-20 min. It will become pretty easy to cut it and cook with it straight away.
In fact, chicken isn't even recommended to thaw slowly as that might even mean food poisoning.
I usually parcel my chicken with the amount of meat I know I need to cook at once, I then take it out of the freezer and submerge it in a bigger pot filled with cold water for a few minutes while I do other preparations such as wash and chop the vegetables and so on. By the time all the preps are done, the meat will be thawed sufficiently to cut it into desired strips or even smaller cubes just as this recipe calls for.
So here you have it, yet another pretty quick and fuss-free recipe.
Other chicken recipes you may like :
- Easiest chicken thighs recipe with broccoli salad
- Easy Baked Chicken Parmesan
- Teriyaki chicken egg fried rice with vegetables
- One-pot chicken, chorizo and nduja bake
- Skillet chicken and olive pesto sauce bake
Here it comes this curried chicken recipe, absolutely delicious!
Curried chicken and beans couscous
- 500 g chicken breast
- 200 g couscous (wholemeal)
- 300 g green beans
- 1/2 head cauliflower (sliced into tiny florets)
- 1 onion
- 1/2 small leek
- 150 g cherry tomatoes
- 10 sprigs parsley (fresh, finely chopped) or coriander
- 1 tsp curry powder
- 1 pinch mixed seeds (cumin, fennel, mustard, fenugreek)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 2 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
- You could start by preparing the couscous first according to pack instructions but this is how I normally prepare it. I normally place it in a bowl and mix the dry couscous with a pinch of salt and pepper, sometimes 1 tsp of Italian herbs and pour boiling water over about 2 cm above the couscous level and cover immediately with a lid or a plate. I allow it to rest for 20-25 minutes or so without touching or uncovering it. This way will soak and get ready beautifully.
- Choose a deeper frying pan and add the coconut oil along with the chicken. Add some salt and cook for 2 minutes until the meat gets a cooked coat on the outside. Add the roughly chopped onion, the seeds and half of the garlic along with the green beans which should be broken into chunky pieces (approx 1 in or 2 cm long). Cook covered for 5-7 min.
- Add the curry powder and mix well followed by the cauliflower florets, leek and the cherry tomatoes. Allow it to cook either covered or uncovered for an extra 5-7 min.
- In the last minute of cooking stir in the remaining of the garlic. Take off the heat and add the chopped parsley or coriander.
- Add the fluffy couscous and mix well.
- Serve hot and if you have any left over, the next day lunch could also be sorted as it's still delicious!