If I had my way, everything that came out of my kitchen would be some sort of pastry, cake, or cookie. If I had my way, every meal would be dessert and involve some kind of chocolate or berry. But occasionally (read:every few hours) the other people who live at my house demand "real" food of me. And if I'm being honest, I'm probably the neediest right after the three year old. He definitely inherited hangry from me.
And while I do enjoy cooking, I don't have hours to devote to dinner every day once the small humans are kept alive, laundry is done, and the house doesn't look like a Kansas tornado has torn through it. But if we're being real, the last two have been optional before.
Enter meals like this one-- simple yet tasty, warm and filling but not heavy, and, if we're lucky that day, toddler approved. I love chicken thighs because it's virtually impossible to make them dry and flavorless even with just a little salt, pepper, and garlic. Not to mention, it's pretty much a two dish meal which makes for simple cleanup, the other hallmark of family-friendly weeknight cooking.
In essence, what I'm trying to say is that this is the epitome of "winner, winner, chicken dinner." So do everyone a big favor and make it.
- 2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken thighs
- 1 1/4 cups uncooked couscous
- 2 Tbsp. salted butter
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1.5 lbs. tomatoes, chopped (I like campari best)
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil, or 2 tsp. dried
- 1 tsp. dried oregano
- 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
- 1/4 cup, plus a few extra leaves for garnish fresh parsley, chopped