sounds weird? i know.
some time ago i bought a bag of golden raisins. i don't know why. i don't really like raisins but i had read a lot of recipes that called for golden raisins so i thought i'd put some in the pantry just to be safe.
better to be safe than sorry, right?
it was several months later when i was looking for some ideas for dinner that would help me acknowledge my cravings for curry that i came across ina's recipe for curried couscous. two or three additional clicks later, i found martha had one too so, i combined the two using what i had on hand (raisins!) and i tell you, the result did not disappoint. the raisins were perfect with the spicy curry. perfect i tell you!
curried chicken with couscous and raisins
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (= to approx. 1 lb of chicken from my freezer)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 cup golden raisins
carrots (i diced up a small bag of baby carrots)
1 1/2 cup couscous (i used wheat couscous)
1/2 cup non-fat plain yogurt
1 cup salt-free chicken stock
1 tsp turmeric
2 tsp curry powder (i use salt free, yellow curry powder)
pinch of kosher salt
2 tbsp white wine vinegar
poach the chicken breast in boiling water until almost cooked through (poaching to me = barely cover with boiling water and let simmer for approx. 10 minutes).
while the chicken is cooking, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. add the diced onions and saute until soft. add the carrots and raisins and then continue to sautte until the onions begin to caramelize (another 10 minutes or so).
once the chicken is cooked, remove from the water and let sit for a minute or two while it cools down enough to handle. chop into cubes then sprinkle generously with curry powder.
in a small bowl, mix the yogurt, broth, turmeric, salt, curry powder and white wine vinegar. pour over the onion mixture and reduce heat to medium. add the chicken to the onion mixture and let simmer.
after five minutes or so, turn the heat to low and stir in the couscous. cover and let sit for 5 minutes and then fluff with a fork.
p.s. i really dislike that every photo i take on my stovetop turns out so yellowish ... must be the light above the range.