Grilled Chicken and Apples with Couscous
Lori, from Foxes Love Lemons, shares a grilled chicken dish complete with Michigan Fuji Apples!
Summer might be half over, but there's no end in sight for the dinners I want to make on the grill. I've been known to grill (at least occasionally) all year 'round, because you just can't match the flavor of food prepared on the grill with any other technique.
Keep this recipe in your back pocket as summer transitions to fall, but grilled dinners are still in your meal plan!
Grilled Chicken & Apples with Couscous
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
• 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
• 2 tablespoons maple syrup
• Kosher salt and ground black pepper
• 1/4 cup olive oil
• 1 Fresno or jalapeño pepper, thinly sliced
• Juice of 1/2 lemon
• 2 cups roughly chopped fresh herbs (I used a combination of chives, mint and parsley)
• 8 bone-in chicken thighs
• 2 Michigan Fuji apples, cored and sliced (or any other Michigan apples of your choosing)
• 1-1/3 cups Israeli (pearl) couscous
1. Preheat grill for direct grilling over medium heat. Meanwhile, in small bowl, whisk together vinegar, maple syrup and a pinch each of salt and pepper. While whisking, drizzle in oil until all oil is incorporated.
2. In medium bowl, toss Fresno pepper, lemon juice and herbs until well combined.
3. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Transfer chicken to grill and cook 16 to 18 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F, turning occasionally. During last 5 minutes of chicken cooking time, transfer apple slices to grill and cook 3 to 5 minutes or until tender-crisp, turning occasionally.
4. Meanwhile, prepare couscous according to package instructions.
5. Spread couscous on large platter; arrange chicken and apples over couscous. Drizzle chicken and apples with maple syrup mixture. Sprinkle platter with herb mixture and serve immediately.
Lori Yates is a Detroit-area recipe developer and food photographer. She is the author of Foxes Love Lemons, where she posts special yet simple original recipes for the "home chef" in all of us.