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Poached Chicken with Grape Relish

May 2007
Poached Chicken with Grape Relish

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Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 10 mins

Cook: 30 mins

  • 1 14 1/2 ounce can  chicken broth
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (about 1 3/4 pounds)
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped seedless green grapes
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 18 large basil leaves, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Juice and grated peel of 1 lemon
  • Salt
  • 1 10 ounce box  (1 1/2 cups) instant couscous
  1. In a large pot, bring 5 cups salted water, the broth and thyme to a boil. Add the chicken, lower the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 7 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat, cover and let stand for 15 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes, then cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Reserve the poaching liquid.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the grapes, onion, basil, olive oil, lemon juice and half the lemon peel. Season with salt and set aside.
  3. Return the poaching liquid to a boil. Pour 1 1/2 cups boiling liquid over the couscous, cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Add the remaining lemon peel and fluff with a fork. Place the chicken over the couscous and top with the grape relish.
  • Casa Lapostolle Casablanca Valley Chardonnay 2005 (Chile)
Tip Supersize it
  • Double the relish recipe and serve with tortilla chips.