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Lemon and thyme Seared & baked chicken

You’ll need:

Fresh green beans (2 pounds)

5 chicken leg & thigh portions

1 cup couscous

Fresh thyme 4 tbsp off spring or a good bunch in stem.

2 lemons

1/2 onion chopped into small wedges

6 garlic cloves

Olive oil for drizzling

2 cups chicken stock

First in cast iron skillet place chicken pieces and salt and pepper both sides generously. Drizzle bottom of pan with olive oil and then drizzle chicken pieces. Turn pan on high and place chicken dat side down and sear for about 4-6 minutes applying pressure to chicken so it gets a nice crispy sear. Once a golden brown flip chicken over and remove from heat. Add in 1 lemon cut into wedges (squeeze lemon over top of chicken then drop in lemon wedges) sprinkle 2 tbsp dried oregano, minced garlic and chopped onion into pan with chicken slowing some to fall into pan drippings. Cover with foil and bake @375 for 25 minutes. Then remove foil and spoon some of the drippings over chicken replace into oven and cook another 5 minutes or so until chicken is cooked clear through and reaches 165 degrees.

In a pot bring chicken stock to a boil and add 6 slices of thinly sliced lemon and 2 tbsp thyme. Let boil 10 minutes to let flavors meld. Remove lemon pieces the. Add your cup of uncooked couscous. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cover and let couscous soak up liquid about 5 minutes. Remove from pot and place into serving dish. Rinse pot and then leave about 1 inch of water in bottom of pan, bring to a boil and drop in green beans. (Make sure to cut off ends of green beans) I like mine nice and crunchy so I pretty much blanch mine. Which is only steaming in the water for about a minute and a half. Remove from water add a tbsp butter and sprinkle with garlic salt and serve. If you want softer beans leave in 4-6 minutes.

To plate spoon about 3 tbsp of couscous add a piece Of chicken and place green beans on plate top with fresh thyme and serve with Lemon wedge! Enjoy!

makes 5-8 servings depending on if you split chicken in half. Fed my family of 6 with 1 leftover chicken, serving of beans and couscous for lunch! ?

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