I tried a new dinner on our last campout, and it was a delicious success! I got the idea from my brother. So here it is, ready for your next car camping adventure. Unfortunately I have no measurements for you, because I just eyeballed everything and I've only made it once. Start with just enough chicken for your family, and measure out the other ingredients accordingly. Don't let the long explanation scare you- it's super easy!
Chicken with Sun-dried Tomato and Cous Cous
- frozen boneless skinless chicken, partially thawed
- olive oil
- sun-dried tomatoes
- fresh herbs (I had thyme, but rosemary would also be great, or another fresh herb)
- fresh garlic
- salt and pepper
- a box of ready-to-prepare flavored cous cous (I used parmesagn flavor)
- a small (about 1 cup?) container with a tightly-fitting lid
- a large zip-lock bag
Prep at home the night before you leave:
-Snip the sun-dried tomatoes into 1/4 or 1/2 inch pieces, and soak in very hot water for about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, slice the garlic cloves very thinly, and snip herbs.
-Drain tomatoes. Put tomatoes, garlic and fresh herbs into the small container. Fill container with olive oil, and close tightly. Pack with camping supplies.
-Cut chicken into bite-size pieces, and dump into zip-lock bag. Make sure it's closed very securely, and put it in the cooler on ice.
(You will need a camp stove, a good skillet, a saucepan with a lid, a measuring cup and spoon, and a heat-resistant utensil like a large spoon.)
-Follow instructions on the box to prepare the cous cous, using a Tablespoon (or whatever is called for) of the olive oil from your container instead of butter. Meanwhile, heat the skillet.
-Drizzle some olive oil in the skillet, and dump the chicken in. Then dump the tomatoes, herbs and garlic (and the remaining olive oil, if it's not too much) on top of the chicken. Salt and pepper to taste, but remember the cous cous is already seasoned so don't go overboard.
-Cook, stirring, until chicken is done. Dump the chicken into the saucepan with the finished cous cous and mix well. Voila!
You can serve with a veggie, if you wish. Raw veggies for munching are simple, like baby carrots or sliced bell peppers. I had some kale that needed to be eaten, so I sauteed it lightly after cooking the chicken. It was an easy, healthy, delicious camp meal.
Rhinofy-Top Ten-May 11, 1968
17 hours ago