Thursday, October 8, 2015

Honey Dijon Chicken + Cherry Almond Couscous

Throughout October and during part of November, I'm participating in a fitness challenge through the local YMCA. It's called Fall Into Fitness and through the challenge, people can earn points for doing various fitness activities. For example, running, taking a group exercise class or participating in a community fitness event. 

Another way participants can earn points is by making one of the recipes of the week, which is how I discovered this delightfully simple chicken dish. 

I modified the recipe a bit from the original version. I decided to bake the chicken since I wasn't in the mood to deal with a messy grill pan. I also reduced the mayo and added parsley and garlic powder for a bit of extra flavor!

You can serve the chicken with any type of grain or potato. I just decided on couscous because it's quick to prepare. 


Honey Dijon Chicken
Serves 4

1 lb chicken breast tenderloins
1/2 cup Dijon mustard
1/4 cup honey
1 Tbsp mayonnaise
1 tsp dried parsley 
1/4 tsp garlic powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a small bowl, mix together the mustard, honey, mayo, parsley and garlic powder. Place chicken in an oven-safe dish and cover with the sauce. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink.

Cherry Almond Couscous
Serves 4

1 cup dry whole wheat couscous
2 cups chicken broth
1 tsp dried parsley
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 cup dried cherries
4 Tbsp sliced almonds

In a medium saucepan, bring chicken broth to a boil. Stir in couscous, parsley and garlic powder, then cover. Let sit for 5-7 minutes or until all the liquid is absorbed. Fluff couscous with a fork, then stir in cherries and almonds.

When plating, I recommend topping each serving of couscous with a bit of the honey dijon sauce from the chicken. Delish!

Tell me: What's cooking in your kitchen?

- ST

4 comments:

  1. Oh this looks fabulous! I was just thinking a few minutes ago I needed to start working on dinner. I wish I had the ingredients and ambition to give this a try tonight!
    I'm going to have to save the Honey Dijon Chicken for another day, that definitely sounds right up my taste buds alley:)

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    1. Thanks Kristy! I hope you get to try the recipe at some point - it's super delish :)

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  2. this looks great!! Especially the cous-cous side. I'm always looking for quick and healthy sides to go with chicken. Tonight we had slow cooker chicken tacos with a harvest salsa from trader joe's. It had pumpkin and butternut squash in it. It was very good & so quick! We try to keep things easy during the week.

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    1. That sounds like a delicious dinner! I've never heard of salsa with pumpkin and butternut squash but it sounds good to me. I'll have to look for it the next time I'm at Trader Joe's :)

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