Cauliflower Couscous with Orange Chicken

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Since I started SCD three years ago, I’ve really missed having pasta or rice to accompany sauces. Courgetti, while delicious, doesn’t really soak up flavours as much as I’d like. This cauliflower couscous, however, does just that, and all while having the texture of a starchy grain. It’s quite dry, which I like as it adds to its soakage ability, but if you would prefer a fluffier texture you can experiment with adding water or whipped coconut cream. I like to add an egg once it is nearly cooked but if you want to make vegan cauliflower couscous then this can be left out. The parsley is also optional – I love the flavour it adds but if you’re not a fan then the garlic and onion are still bringing plenty of flavour to the dish. Just for presentation, I served this dish with spiralised courgette fried briefly in salt, pepper and chilli.

 

Serves 2-3 people

 

Ingredients

For the couscous:
1 small head of cauliflower
1 small onion
2 cloves of garlic
1 handful parsley
25g coconut flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 egg (optional)
Olive oil for frying

For the chicken sauce:
2 chicken breasts
2 red onions
1 clove garlic
1 small piece of ginger (equal to size of the top of your thumb)
1 tsp dried coriander
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground chilli or cayenne pepper
2 small red peppers
100mls (approx) orange juice
1/2 tsp honey
Olive oil for frying

For the courgetti:
1 courgette, spiralised
Salt
Pepper
Chilli
Olive oil for frying

Method

1. Roughly chop the cauliflower into large pieces and microwave for 10-15 minutes until tender. While the cauliflower is cooking, prepare the chicken.

2. Dice the chicken.

3. Peel the red onions, garlic and ginger and blend in a food processor (roughly chop the onion beforehand to avoid damaging your processor).

4. Heat olive oil, coriander, chilli, salt and pepper in a wok or saucepan on medium heat. Add the onion mixture and chicken and fry until chicken is cooked and white on the inside.

5. Once the chicken is white on the inside, chop the peppers and add them to the pan with the orange juice. Put a lid on the pan and cook for a further 5-10 minutes until peppers are soft. After 5 minutes, remove the lid and allow the mixture to reduce slightly. Add the honey and taste to see whether further seasoning is required.

6. While the peppers are cooking, peel the onion and garlic (for couscous) and blend in the food processor with the parsley .

7. Add the microwaved cauliflower to the food processor with the coconut flour, salt and pepper and blend the mixture together.

8. Heat oil in a wok, deep frying pan, or saucepan on a medium heat. Add the cauliflower mixture to the pan, making sure to stir regularly and adding extra oil as required to avoid burning. Cook for 10 minutes.

9. If you wish to add the egg, add it in the last 2 minutes of cooking. Make a well in the middle of the cauliflower mixture and crack in the egg. Fold slowly into the couscous.

 

10. Fry the spiralised courgette for 2 minutes in olive oil, salt, pepper and chilli.

11. Plate the couscous and chicken sauce, and garnish with the courgetti.

 

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I usually make up recipes as I go along which is all well and good until I make something delicious and then can’t remember how I did it! So I’ve started using a whiteboard marker to write down what I do as I go along on the tiles in my kitchen and then photographing it once I’m done. Admittedly, you could also just use a pen and paper but this way is both handier and more fun if you’re as immature as I am and writing in whiteboard marker makes you feel like a proper grown-up in charge.

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Please feel free to ask questions or make requests. And if you have experimented with variations of cauliflower rice or couscous, I’d love to hear your experiences. Happy cooking everyone!

 

Sinéad x