Moroccan Chicken from The Cheesecake Factory

You don't have to dine out to get some of your favorite dishes this Valentine's Day from the Cheesecake Factory. Here's a simple recipe from The Cheesecake Factory that is easy to make at home and will make your Valentine swoon.

 

Moroccan Chicken Recipe from The Cheesecake Factory

Ingredients

·    2 Tbsp.     Olive Oil
·    4               Chicken Breasts (3-4 oz.), boneless and skinless
·    1/4 tsp.    Kosher Salt
·    1/8 tsp.    Ground Black Pepper
·    4 oz.        Asparagus, steamed, angle cut 1" pieces
·    2 oz.        Yellow Onions, chopped 1/4"
·    1/4 oz.    *Garlic Cloves, caramelized, halved
·    2 Tbsp.    Sun dried Tomatoes (in oil) sliced
·    1/4 tsp.    Kosher Salt
·    1/8 tsp.    Ground Black Pepper
·    1 ea.        Lemon, wedge
·    1 Tbsp.        Butter, softened

·    1 Tbsp.        Olive Oil
·    1 oz.        Golden Raisins
·    1 oz.        Almonds, toasted, slivered
·    1/4 oz.    *Garlic Cloves, caramelized, halved
·    8 oz.        Pearl Couscous, cooked
·    pinch        Kosher Salt
·    pinch        Ground Black Pepper  
·    1 ea.        Lemon, wedge
·    1 Tbsp.        Butter, softened
·    1/4 cup    *Harissa Sauce
·    1/4 cup          Tomato Sauce
·    1 tsp.        Garlic-Infused Oil
·    1/4 tsp.    Parsley, fresh, chopped

Serving Size: 2 people

*Available in most supermarkets and specialty stores.  

Directions

1.    Season the chicken (both sides) with salt and pepper. Drizzle the olive oil into a large, pre-heated sauté pan over medium high heat. Place the chicken into the pan and cook for 2 minutes. Flip the chicken over and continue to cook for 2 minutes or until done.  Once the chicken is done, transfer it to a clean plate and keep warm.

2.    Turn the heat down to medium.  Place the onions into the pan stirring occasionally to avoid burning.  Continue to cook until the onions have begun to caramelize.  Once the onions have begun to caramelize, remove half of them and set aside until needed.  Drain off any excess oil.  Place the asparagus, caramelized garlic and sundried tomatoes into the pan with the onions, stirring to incorporate. Season the ingredients with salt and pepper and the squeeze of lemon juice. Add the butter to the pan and gently mix the ingredients together until evenly combined.  Transfer to the plate with the chicken and set aside in a warm place.

3.    Place the pan back onto the stove over medium heat.  Drizzle the olive oil into the pan. Place the reserved onions, golden raisins, toasted almonds and garlic cloves into the pan, tossing to incorporate. Continue to cook until all the ingredients are hot throughout.

4.    Add the pearl couscous into the pan, tossing to incorporate. Continue cooking until all of the ingredients are thoroughly heated. Season the couscous with salt and pepper. Add a squeeze of lemon juice. Remove from the heat and add the softened butter to the couscous, tossing to incorporate.

5.    Place the couscous onto the center of a bowl or platter leaving a 1" to 1- 1/2" open border within the rim.

6.    Mix the harissa sauce and tomato sauce in a small sauce pot and heat over medium heat until hot.  Ladle the harissa/tomato sauce around the couscous, filling in all empty areas of the bowl or platter within the rim.

7.    Place the grilled chicken breasts across the top of the couscous.

8.    Drizzle the garlic-infused oil evenly over the chicken breasts, with a few random drops on top of the harissa sauce.

9.    Mound the asparagus/vegetable mix on top (centered) of the chicken.

10.    Sprinkle the parsley evenly over the entire dish.

11.    Bon Appetit!
 

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