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Romesco Chicken & Poblano Pepper

This was a fast and very nice dinner. Thanks to Blue Apron. Serves 2 - 3.

10 oz Chopped Chicken Breast (¾ - 1 inch size)
½ cup Yellow Couscous

1 Poblano Pepper

1 Red Onion

2 cloves Garlic

2 Scallions

3 Tbsps Romesco Sauce (Contains Almonds) (recipe to follow)

2 Tbsps Dried Currants

1 oz Castelvetrano Olives (any table olive, these are mild, not too salty)

¼ cup Labneh Cheese (salty, thickened yogurt)


Prepare the ingredients:
Wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Thinly slice the scallions, separating the white bottoms and hollow green tops. Using the flat side of your knife, smash the olives to release the pits. Discard the pits, then roughly chop the olives. Halve, peel, and thinly slice the onion. Cut off and discard the stem of the pepper. Halve lengthwise; remove the ribs and seeds, then thinly slice crosswise. Thoroughly wash your hands immediately after handling. In a large bowl, combine the sliced onion and sliced pepper.

Cook the couscous:
In a small pot, heat 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the chopped garlic and sliced white bottoms of the scallions; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until slightly softened. Add the couscous, currants, a big pinch of salt, and 3/4 cup of water (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, turn off the heat. Cover and let stand 6 to 8 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the couscous is tender. Fluff with a fork. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Cover to keep warm. 

Cook the chicken & vegetables:
Meanwhile, pat the chicken dry with paper towels; add to the bowl of sliced onion and pepper. Season with salt and pepper; stir to coat. In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 1/2 (use more) teaspoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned chicken and vegetables in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add the chopped olives. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes, or until the vegetables are softened and the chicken is cooked through. Turn off the heat. Stir in the Romesco sauce until thoroughly combined. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

Season the labneh & serve your dish:
Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the labneh and 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Serve the cooked couscous topped with the cooked chicken and vegetables and seasoned labneh. Garnish with the sliced green tops of the scallions.

-Blue Apron

Romesco Sauce:

There are many recipes for this sauce. Also it is sold in jars. Here's one that looked easy. I'm sure a smaller amount can be achieved.

1 cup (1/2-inch cubes) stale whole grain bread
2/3 cup toasted almonds
1 (16.0-ounce) jar roasted red peppers (packed in water) drained
1 tomato seeded and chopped
1 clove garlic chopped
1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
1/4 teaspoon pimentón (smoked paprika)

Process all; bread and almonds first. I may try this with Panko and almond flour. 

-Whole Foods