April 22, 2009

Balsamic Chicken with Baby Spinach and Cous Cous (CEiMB)

Tonight, I am delving into my second Craving Ellie in My Belly recipe. This weeks selection was chosen by Culinary Delights, and it looks to be both easy and delicious. I love the pairing of balsamic vinegar and chicken, and I think the creation of a balsamic/tomato-type sauce is pretty original. Hopefully, Ellie will not disappoint! I plan on following the recipe to the letter; so no major changes or substitutions to report. I will let you know how it all turns out!

Chicken with Baby Spinach and Cous Cous (CEiMB)

1 tablespoon olive oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 (8-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, halved
8 ounces baby spinach
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup low-sodium canned chopped tomatoes with juice
2 cups whole wheat couscous, cooked

Heat a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and heat. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the chicken and cook about 4 minutes per side, or until cooked through and juices run clear. Remove the chicken and set aside. To the same pan, add the spinach and cook just until wilted, about 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside. Lower the heat to medium and add the balsamic vinegar and chicken broth to the pan and stir, scraping the bottom of the pan to remove any browned bits. Add the tomatoes, bring to a simmer and cook 3 to 5 minutes.

Place the couscous in a serving bowl. Top with the spinach, chicken and balsamic-tomato sauce.

The Result:
This was just okay for us. Mainly, it was bland. I followed the recipe exactly as it was written, so I really did not use any extra spices or ingredients. I did use homemade chicken stock, but this dish just didn't do it for me. Sad to say, I was actually bored while eating it. Very "eh"...which was surprising, because Ellie's recipes rarely miss! Oh well, I guess you can't win 'em all. Needless to say, I don't think I will be making this one again. Better luck next time!


claireknightly said...

Weren't you kind of "eh" about the last Ellie recipe you made too? Maybe I don't want to get her cookbook! I should try some stuff from it before it's due back at the library.

Marthe said...

Too bad you didn't like this one... I thought it was okay, it could do with a bit more seasoning: on that I have to agree with you. Thanks for cooking with me this week!

Anonymous said...

Oh well... the bird was a little bland. We thought the sauce helped it along and the spinach was a real bonus.

Sara said...

Sorry to hear you didn't like this one. I am curious to know if you used the online recipe or the recipe in the book, because they did differ a bit.

Jen said...

I totally agree. I thought this dish was going to be really flavorful, but alas is was not! If I make it again, I will definitely have to add something to spice it up.

Aggie said...

I have to agree the recipe needed a little help with some seasoning. I found that using the Italian seasoned tomatoes helped in sauce and flouring the chicken with seasoned flour really helped the chicken.

nick said...

"oh well, I guess you can't win 'em all"

If only there was a way around this in cooking (and life), that'd sure be something.

Sorry you didn't really love it, it came out well for us, and with how quick it was I can see eating it again as a weeknight dinner.

Pamela said...

It can be so frustrating when a recipe lets you down, right?? I used some fire roasted tomatoes and I was pretty pleased with the results. See you next time!