One thing I love about cooking on the road, is how I have simplified my recipes. With only 3 key ingredients, this recipe is still packed with flavour, texture and is super filling after a long day on the road.

Keeping your ingredients to a minimum is also a great way to keep costs down and prevent waste, as you are more likely to use finish them in a single recipe, rather than a little bit of everything.

Ingredients

200gm chicken breast

1 small red onion

1 small head of broccoli

1 cup of instant couscous

1 lemon

Handful of almonds

Serves 2

Method

  1. Bring one cup of water to the boil in a small pot, add couscous, a drizzle of oil, season well with salt and pepper; cover with another pot or your plate. Set aside for 5 minutes to absorb the water.
  2. While your couscous is re-hydrating, cut chicken into 2cm cubes. Peel and thinly slice the onion. Cut the broccoli into small florets, cutting them in half through the stem to provide a flat cooking surface in the pan.
  3. Heat a fry pan over medium-high heat with a teaspoon of oil. Add chicken, onion and broccoli. Cook for 3 minutes before turning ingredients, cook for a further 2 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and broccoli is lightly toasted.
  4. Fluff couscous with a fork to separate grains. Divide between 2 plates. Top with chicken, onion and broccoli.
  5. Return pan to the heat. Cut lemon in half width-ways, place cut side down in pan. Add almonds and cook for 1-2 minutes or until almonds are toasted and lemon is charred.
  6. Scatter almonds over the top and serve with charred lemon. Squeeze the caramelised lemon over the top and mix through.

Tips

  • Couscous is great staple grain to have in your cooking kit, it is already cooked and only requires soaking to re-hydrate it. Wholemeal couscous is available in some supermarkets and is a great way to keep your fibre up.
  • Keep a close eye on your almonds when toasting, they can burn very quickly. Keep them moving to ensure even cooking.

Substitutes

  • Frozen broccoli can be used in a pinch, if fresh is not available
  • Zucchini can be used in place of broccoli. Cut into thick batons and proceed with the recipe
  • Any nuts you have in your pack will work for a crunchy topping
  • Chicken can be omitted and replaced with capsicum or mushrooms. Add them to the pan at the same time as the broccoli and onion
  • Any grain or pasta can replace the coucous

 

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