I'm Bram and this is my food. I'm all about being creative in the kitchen and inspiring other people to get into cooking. If you're looking for delicious ethnic food, comfort food, healthy meals, sweet desserts, seasonal snacks and restaurant recommendations then you've come to the right place. You can follow me on Instagram and Twitter (@FoodByBram) to see more of my dishes. I am also one of the top 50 home cooks who competed in the first season of MasterChef Canada.
Monday, 21 October 2013
Grilled Chicken Breast with Moroccan Spices, Couscous Salad & Mint Yogurt Sauce
Here's a little something I put together last night. My coworker brought me some spice mixes and edible argan oil from a trip to her native Morocco this past summer. One of the spice mixes was particularly for poultry (turmeric, cumin, ginger, etc..). I took three boneless chicken breasts and rubbed them in salt, pepper and the Moroccan poultry mix. Then I pounded them into an even thickness (which not only tenderizes the meat but permeates it with the flavours of the rub) and let them marinate for a couple of hours. I cooked them on the barbecue until they were slightly charred and gnarly on the outside but juicy and tender on the inside.
I paired that with a fairly standard couscous salad I make from time to time (it made a previous cameo in a stuffed fish recipe I shared a few months back). It's essentially couscous, red pepper, seeded cucumber, dried fruit, fresh mint and fresh cilantro. This time I added a little finely sliced shallot. For the dried fruit I usually use cranberries or raisins (sometimes diced apricot) but the only dried fruit I had on hand were cherries so I used those. It was interesting actually, I'll likely try that again.
For a cool, refreshing sauce to counter balance the smokiness of the chicken I chopped some fresh mint and added it to my mortar with just a little bit of the argan oil to help the mint release its own essential oils. Using the pestle, I ground the mint into a wet paste and then stirred in a couple tablespoons of thick yogurt. It was very refreshing.
A rather quick and healthy meal idea with a little exotic flair. Stay tuned as I will be back with more this week.
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