Cherry Chicken Couscous

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Cherry Chicken Couscous

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup couscous
  • ½ cup diced dried cherries
  • 1 Tbsp diced dried onion
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp true lime powder
  • ½ tsp diced dried garlic
  • 7 ounce pouch chicken breast
  • 1½ tsp lower sodium chicken bouillon
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil (or 1 packet)
Instructions:

Pack the dry ingredients in a quart freezer bag or a sandwich bag. Mark bag “Add 1½ cups water”. Tuck the oil and chicken in with it.

One Pot method:

Bring 1 1/2 cups water, oil and chicken with broth to a boil in your pot. Add in the dry ingredients, stir well, cover tightly and turn off the heat. Let sit for 10 minutes, fluff up.

Insulated mug method:

Add 1 1/2 cups boiling water, oil and chicken with broth to the dry ingredients in a large mug. Stir well, cover tightly and let sit for 10 minutes. In cooler temperatures use a pot cozy to insulate. Fluff up.

Freezer bag method:

Add 1 1/2 cups near boiling water, oil and chicken with broth to the bag. Stir well, seal tightly and put in a cozy for 10 minutes. Fluff up.

For all methods, fluff and add salt and black pepper to taste.

Serves 2.
Notes:
True Lime powder is often found in the baking or sugar aisle of most grocery stores. Feel free to use True Lemon as well. You can also bring a small lime and squeeze it in fresh.
For the couscous, use either regular or whole wheat for more protein.
If you cannot find dried cherries, dried cranberries can be used.
For the chicken, look for 5 ounce cans with pop tops or preferably the easy to use 7-ounce pouches.
This recipe was featured in WTA’s Washington Trail’s Jan/Feb 2010 issue: http://www.wta.org/trail-news/magazine