Deb's Bloody Mary Chicken, Served with a Couscous & Arugula Greens Salad.
I was wandering around the kitchen today trying to come up with something different to do with my stand-by boneless skinless chicken thighs. They're healthy, inexpensive and we always have them in the house. Suddenly
I saw a bottle of leftover Mr. & Mrs. T Bold & Spicy Bloody Mary Mix. There is no alcohol in the mix, just the juice and spices. This could be brilliant I thought…:
INGREDIENTS FOR BLOODY MARY CHICKEN:
1 pkg (10-12) boneless skinless chicken thighs
1 1/2 c. Mr. & Mrs. T Bold & Spicy Bloody Mary Mix.** & 2 Tbsp Poulty Magic
Place everything in a Ziploc bag, close and
toss till well mixed, squeeze all the air out and let marinate for 1 - 2 hours. Remove and grill 5-10 minutes on each side depending on the heat of your grill and size of your chicken. Done. You won't believe how delicious these chicken thighs
are. A zesty and smoky flavor, with a hint of tomato, but not too hot.
**I cannot recommend any other Bloody Mary mix because I generally do not like tomato juice at all. This is the only mix I have ever had that I drank. ….maybe
it was the vodka, but it sure was good on the chicken!
COUSCOUS & ARUGULA SALAD
Another one of my favorite sides is this simple salad made here with arugula, but which can be made with any mix of greens you
have in the house. I find that mixing in the couscous, instead of serving it separately actually cuts down on the carbs you end up eating. You use less of the pasta overall, you can't go back for a second helping of just couscous, and the flavor
combination eliminates the need for a heavy dressing. I made the particular salad as follows:
INGREDIENTS FOR SALAD:
2 boxes Pine Nut Couscous (or your fav. flavor)
to package directions, fluffed and set aside.
1 bag baby arugula, coarsely chopped/snipped
1 head Romain lettuce, coarsely chopped
3 ripe strawberries, halved and thinly sliced
1 cucumber, peeled in stripes,
halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
1 avocado, chopped.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (and fresh lemon juice if desired)
Prepare the couscous per pkg directions, then fluff with a fork
and let cool a bit.
Roughly tear or chop your greens and place in a large bowl, along with the strawberries (or berries/fruit of any type), cucumber and avocado. Toss lightly with olive oil and let the fruit and cucumber fall to the
bottom of the bowl.
Spoon about half the fluffy couscous on top of the greens and mix gently so it falls into the mixture, then spoon the rest of the couscous on top again.** Add lemon juice if desired. Lightly cover and let sit
at room temperature while you cook your chicken.
When ready to serve, uncover and toss until well mixed. See photos. Serve with the Bloody Mary Chicken and some EVOO on the side.
**Yes, the warm couscous will
wilt the greens, but if they were cold and fresh, they will wilt just enough to make them pliable and soft enough so the couscous can stick to them, but still have a slight crunch.