Tzatziki Chicken with Couscous and Hummus

by Kelly on February 11, 2010

I really wanted to name this post Two Dip Dinner, but I couldn’t risk setting a clever title precedent. Regardless, that’s the unofficial title in my house for this kid-friendly fare. A special thank you to our friend Leah for this menu inspiration. Kristin and I have been lucky to be friends with Leah for nearly 20 years. She’s been kind enough to share some of her favorite recipes with us so we can share them with you.

Tzatziki Chicken with Couscous and Hummus
adapted from Leah’s recipe

Serves 4

1 1/2 lb (680 g) boneless skinless chicken thighs or breasts (thighs preferred)
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 package plain whole wheat or regular couscous (about 6 oz/170 g)
2 to 3 cups (475 to 700 ml) chicken broth or water (check couscous package for exact amount)
2 to 4 scallions
2 tablespoons olive oil

for the tzatziki sauce:
2 small cucumbers, peeled and grated, divided
2 teaspoons coarse salt, divided
2 cups plain whole milk yogurt, divided
2 small garlic cloves, minced, divided
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, divided
1 teaspoon dried dill, divided

You’ll be making two separate preparations out of the tzatziki sauce ingredients: a marinade and a dipping sauce. For the marinade, put half of all the sauce ingredients into a food processor and pulse until blended and runny. Pour the marinade over the chicken in a Ziploc bag or lidded container. Seal the bag or cover and marinate the chicken for up to 24 hours.

For the dipping sauce, after grating the cucumber, put it into a paper towel and squeeze dry. Stir the grated cucumber into the remaining half of the tzatziki sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Do not put this part in a food processor. Stir in the vinegar and sugar. Refrigerate for 15 minutes before serving (though the longer it can sit in the fridge to let the flavors develop, the better).

After the chicken has marinated, preheat an outdoor grill or stove-top grill pan. Lightly grease the grill. Remove any excess marinade from the chicken and place the chicken pieces onto the hot grill. Discard the marinade. Cook the chicken for 8 to 12 minutes on each side, depending on the thickness; thighs will need more time than breasts.

While the chicken cooks, make the couscous according to package directions, using the amount of chicken broth or water recommended. Fluff the couscous after it cooks and fold in the scallions and olive oil.

Serve the chicken with with couscous, tzatziki sauce, and hummus.

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Hummus

1 small garlic clove, minced
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons water
1 x 14-oz (400-g) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
3 tablespoons tahini
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil

Put all the ingredients into a food processor and puree until smooth.

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