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Author Notes: Everything you love about this time of year. Since I am the lucky owner of an herb bed, I can go outside and snatch great handfuls of parsley and chives and I use them with reckless abandon after the long winter. And asparagus because....you know, asparagus. The acidity from the chopped capers and the lemon juice helps brighten up the dish, but this is a mildly flavored dish - let the herbs and asparagus be the stars. This recipe can easily be made vegan by replacing the chicken broth with veggie broth and omitting the shredded chicken - the beans can carry it. —Niknud
cups large pearl couscous
cups chicken broth
juice from 1/4 lemon
cups cooked chicken, shredded
cup chopped chives
tablespoons chopped capers
juice from 1/2 lemon
ounces can of great northern beans, drained and rinsed
large handful of chopped flat leaf parsley
healthy drizzle of olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
- Bring the chicken broth to a boil in a medium pot and add the couscous. Reduce to as low as your stove will go, cover and cook for ~10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and set aside
- While the couscous is cooking, preheat the oven to 475. Snap the woody bottoms off the asparagus and drizzle with olive oil, juice from 1/4 lemon and season with salt and pepper. Cook in a rimmed baking sheet for 15 minutes or until nicely browned and delicious looking - rotating the sheet and tossing half way through. Chop cooked asparagus into bite-sized pieces
- Transfer the couscous to your serving bowl. Add parsley, chives, capers, remaining lemon juice, asparagus, chicken and great northern beans. Drizzle with a goodly amount of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Taste and add more of anything that suits you - more lemon juice or capers if it seems to need a bit more oomph and so on.
- This dish is absolutely delicious at room temperature and can be made ahead of time if you need it for the next day. It's great to take to a picnic and can hold up to sitting on a buffet for a good amount of time.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Spring Chicken