Oregano Chicken with Pearl Couscous and Greek Salsa

Have I told y’all how much I love Mediterranean food?

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The first time I made a Greek inspired chicken I was in my early 20’s – back before I really realized how big cooking and food would end up making an impact on me. I knew I enjoyed it, but I didn’t realize to what extent. This recipe consisted of chicken breasts with oregano, olive oil, black olives and red wine, served with couscous and feta cheese.

I was in love.

Since then, I’ve made it so many times, so many different ways. This particular version has been one of my most read posts since I started my blog.

The one I’m sharing with you now is a little bit more lemony and the couscous got bigger. This is Israeli couscous, and the main differences are the size and the time to cook it. Traditional couscous is tiny little pasta pearls that could be mistaken for teensy balls of rice.

I also threw in a few more things, like black eyed peas. I made a salsa with those peas. Or a salad if you want to call it that.

Either will work.

Oh, and I also got crazy and threw in a jalapeno for the fun of it. Jalapenos belong in everything, didn’t you know that?

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The salsa isn’t necessarily the most important part of this particular meal, but it happens to be my favorite.

Recently, I was contacted by Plated.com to develop a chicken recipe – and if they like it enough I could potentially be a featured chef on their website. I think this dish works because although it’s traditional and the flavors are well known, I’ve incorporated some ingredients that aren’t.

For instance, I used black eyed peas in my “salsa”, which in a way, sorta, kinda takes the place of chickpeas, or hummus, in the traditional Greek fare. It also resonates my Southern background.

I just love how the tomato, lemon and feta really blend well with the peas.

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This salsa is a freakin’ rock star.

Oregano Chicken with Pearl Couscous and Greek Salsa

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tbsp oregano, divided
  • 1 tbsp seasoned salt
  • 3 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup pearled couscous
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 small tomato
  • 1 fresh jalapeno
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 1/2 green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup black olives
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • 3/4 cup Feta cheese

Instructions

  • Combine 1 tbsp oregano, salt and 2 tbsp olive oil in a small bowl; brush on both sides of chicken breasts.
  • Add 1 tbsp of olive oil and place over medium high heat.
  • When hot, add chicken breasts and sear both sides until brown, about 2-3 minutes per side. Reduce heat to medium and cook until done throughout, about 10-13 minutes.
  • While chicken is cooking, bring couscous and chicken broth to a boil in a 2 quart sauce pan. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 8-10 minutes, or until couscous is tender. Remove from heat and keep covered.
  • Dice the tomato through black olives, squeeze the juice of 1/2 of one lemon over and toss with remaining 1/2 tbsp oregano. Refrigerate.
  • Slice the chicken, and plate over couscous.
  • Top with feta and serve with salsa and lemons.
http://www.dixiechikcooks.com/oregano-chicken-with-pearl-couscous-and-greek-salsa/

IMGP7190 I drizzled extra lemon juice and feta on mine.

‘Cause that’s how I roll with my food.

IMGP7277 Oh, and save any leftover salsa for pita chips the next day.

{xoxo}

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14 Comments:

  1. Looks lovely! I love pearl couscous, so easy and fun! and i agree – jalapenos compliment in so many ways. So did the recipe get picked up by plated.com?

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this post at last weeks Saturday Spotlight on Angels Homestead!

    Hope to see you again this week!

    April

  3. Yum! I need to check out pearl cous cous!
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  4. This looks like an amazing & flavorful dinner! Thanks so much for sharing & giving me the chance to find your blog/site too. Hope you join in again & drop by often. I am Pinning & sharing!
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  5. This looks like my kind of meal!!! Everything about it sounds absolutely delicious!!!! It looks so fresh and flavorful!
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  6. that looks delicious! Love the colors 🙂 I’m a new follower from scrumptious sunday!

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  7. This recipe looks so amazing! I love pearl couscous, lemon, and feta cheese. Some of my absolute favorite flavors!
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  8. I love Mediterranean food, especially feta! This looks delish, thanks for sharing.
    Sarah
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