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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Kellogg's Crusted Baked Chicken with Pomegranate Reduction and Apricot Raisin Couscous



August is almost over. I'm excited because there are many exciting trips to look forward to. First, I'm going to San Francisco for our first anniversary, Hawaii for a wedding in October, Europe for sort of "honeymoon", and Thailand for my little sister's wedding. However, some trips are too short. I wish I could have more vacation days to spend. **Sigh**

Are you traveling anywhere sometime soon?


I'm sure some of you have received samples from Kellogg's. With their generosity along with FoodBuzz, I have received 2 flavors to try. They are high in fiber and antioxidants. My husband is more excited than I am. He opened the boxes and ate them with milk the next day. He so enjoyed it that I had to stop him and ask him to leave some for me. I was also fortunate to receive a sample of couscous from Near East. They're promoting an around the world in 5 mins theme. Check out their recipes in detail here. It's fast, simple, yet flavorful in only 5 mins!  I incorporated the couscous in this recipe which took more than 5mins for the whole recipe not surprisingly. Good news is cooking couscous still takes only 5 mins.


I, of course, would like to use all of the wonderful samples I received. They can be cooked in so many ways. This is just one of the hundred ways to utilize. I brine chicken breasts with salt, sugar, water, rosemary, and juniper berries for 4 hours. You shouldn't brine the chicken more than 6 hours otherwise it will get too salty. Berry yogurt crunch cornflakes from Kellogg's mixed with flour worked out well for crusting. It gives you sweet, crispy, and berry-like flavor with aromatic tender chicken. Rosemary and juniper berries give an interesting flavor and scent to the chicken.

I haven't even mentioned the savory apricot raisin red wine reduction and Mediterranean couscous style; I'm getting hungry as I'm blogging.  Plain flavor couscous is a great way to add many flavors to it. Dried apricot, raisin, and minced parsley add great finish to the meal as well.

Thank you Kellogg's and Near East for great products!


Berry Yogurt Cereal Crusted Baked Chicken with Pomegranate Reduction, and Mediterranean Couscous
Yield: 4


2 chicken breasts or 4 medium size
1/8 cup salt
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 tbs juniper berries
1 sprig fresh rosemary


  • Mix everything a bowl. Whisk until sugar and salt dissolve.
  • Marinade chicken for 4 hrs. in a fridge. Do NOT marinade more than 6 hrs.
Berry yogurt crunch crust:
1 cup Kellogg's berry yogurt crunch
1/4 cup AP flour
1 egg
Cooking Spray


  • Preheat the oven to 400 F
  • Add Kellogg's and flour into a food processor. Pulse 5 times or until Kellogg's coarsely chopped
  • Beat an egg in a bowl
  • Dip chicken in a beaten egg, then crust.
  • After you're done with  4 chicken, spray all over the crusted chicken both sides.
  • Bake for 45 mins.
Note: There's a few ways to do it. Some dip chicken into an AP flour first, then egg, and finish with cereal crust. It's your choice of preference.

Pomegranate Reduction:
1 cup pomegranate juice
3 tbs sugar
1/2 cup white wine
1 tbs raisin
2 tbs chopped dried apricot
1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary


  • Heat up a small sauce pan. Add juice and bring it to boil.
  • Add wine, sugar, raisin, and apricot. 
  • Simmer it until it's reduced by half or about 15-20 mins or so.
1 cup couscous plain flavor
1+1/3 cups chicken broth
1/4 tsp salt
3 tsp olive oil
1/4 full cup chopped dried apricot
1/4 full cup golden raisins
2 full tbs or more minced parsley


  • Heat up a medium saucepan. Add stock, salt, and butter. Bring it just to a boil.
  • Add couscous. Lid on. Turn off the heat and remove the saucepan from the heat.
  • Let it sit for 5 mins with the lid on.
  • Use a fork to lightly fluff couscous.
  • Add apricot, raisins, and minced parsley.
  • Or you can follow the package instructions.
To plate:
  • Place couscous first, then place chicken on top.  Pour some of the sauce on the chicken.
  • Enjoy!


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~Lisa~ said...

What a delicious meal T! I love Near East products, the brown rice and barley is delicious. And I love all the destinations you'll be traveling to. Take lots of pic and be sure to share with us (=

Anonymous said...

This looks like an great meal! The pictures are great too!

Emily said...

I like how you dip the chicken pieces in brine before giving them the crusty coating. This will ensure the meat staying juicy and flavourful after baking - a method I'll adopt next time I make crusted baked chicken. :)

I'm so envious of your upcoming trips! Be sure to share snippets of your trips and the food you ate when you come back! :P

mysimplefood said...

What a great dish! Envy yr travel plans. Enjoy! Enjoy!

lequan@luvtoeat said...

Tanantha! This sounds absolutely delicious and enticing! All the wonderful flavors in the chicken and the couscous soaking up it's flavors...mmmm. I'm getting hungry just looking at the picture. You've outdone yourself yet again. Wonderful dish!

Pacheco Patty said...

Very creative dish you've put together here Tanantha, looks fantastic! I always forget about preparing chicken baked with a crusted coating but it really makes a wonderful moist chicken dish:-) Congratulations on all your travel plans and be sure to take photos for the rest of us to enjoy!

Magic of Spice said...

Gorgeous dish...I love that reduction. Have a wonderful time on your traveling adventures :)

Anncoo said...

This sounds interesting and flavorful. Looks so delicious and makes me hungry again.

Lazaro Cooks! said...


Beautiful plate of food. I love that you used the Kellogg's for a nice crust on chicken. A+++

Wow, safe travels to all those amazing destinations and congrats on your anniversary.

roxan said...

Oh, you're so lucky you have all these trips coming up! I would LOVE to go to Thailand. SE asia is top on my list of places to go next (after Argentina - i'm going there next week!). It sounds like you're going at a great time too.

Where in Europe are you going? I don't know how much planning you've done already but please please try to go to Bruges in Belgium! I went last December and LOVED it there. I went to a few random places... if you want, i can send you the link to my FB album so you can take a look and I can try to answer any questions you have.

Re: brine-ing the chicken, I've never done that before. I bet it turns out so juicy and tender! I have so much to learn from you... =/

Foodessa said...

Tanantha...I'm so incredibly envious for all those travel plans coming up for wonderful.
I'm sure all that globe trotting will inspire you immensely.

This meal you've prepared looks absolutley full of flavour and beauty ;o) Just fantastic.

Ciao for now,

Stella said...

Tanantha! Tanantha!
I love free stuff (smile). Tell your husband I know about how much better it tastes when it's free;)
Your crusted chicken is beautiful, and looks like it would be so delicious. I love that you went with a North African/Middle Eastern type dish too-the flavors along with the crispy crust sound extra special!
p.s. When I was in Atlanta, my Mom had a cucumber vine outside. Every time I had to make a salad with them, I would look at yours and then work with my Mom's available ingredients. Yeah!

Monet said...

Girl! You know how to make one mean meal! This looks spectacular...everything from the crispy chicken to the pomegranate sauce to the couscous spiked with dried fruit...yum!

Z-Tawan said...

I hadn't visit your blog in awhile and the last few posts brew me away. Everything looks so delicious here!!! I don't even know which recipe I should try out first, there are so many good one from your blog to choose. Anyway, have fun on all of your trips, so far I only have my Thailand trip to look forward to and can't wait :)

Baking Barrister said...

Did you leave the little berry bits in? I enjoyed the cinnamon one--but never got to taste the berry cereal due to certain males who don't know when not to touch my food. The combo of flavors sound really great, though--especially the couscous.

Chef Dennis said...

berry yogurt crunch cereal!! I love it, it reminds me of captain crunch chicken! This is a wonderful meal, the pomegranate reduction sounds delicious!! I use that brand of cous cous at school it is a wonderful product!
Have as much fun as possible on all your trips!!

Marisa said...

You have a lot to look forward to with all of those exciting vacations coming up. So lucky! What a amazing idea to use the cereal to crust the chicken, and I LOVE couscous. Another fanstastic dish, Tanantha!

bunkycooks said...

This looks very tasty. The Near East box mixes are nice to have in a pinch.

Have fun on your travels!

Anonymous said...

A gorgeous crust with Kellogs and I just love the apricots & raisins in your couscous!

Biren said...

Wow, Tanantha, that sounds like an awesome meal! I don't use couscous very much but you have made me want to go to the store now to get some :)

pigpigscorner said...

wow, the pom reduction and apricot raisin couscous sound perfect for the chicken! Lovely flavours!

Cook with Madin said...

Hi Tanantha,beautiful dishes you have here, lovely sauce reduction too.
Happy anniversary to you and your husband. Have fun on your many trips.

Judy said...

hi tanantha-chan :) sorry, i've missed some great food posts! this dish looks lovely and i'd love to try your apricot raisin couscous. i always make mine the same way... boring. safe travels! see ya when you return.

Anonymous said...

Looks delicious! I'm always up for a new breading for chicken and yours is a great idea!

denise @ quickies on the dinner table said...

I've never tried Near East products but boy, your meal is a fantastic advertisement for their cous cous! Just, simply gorgeous! I got hungry reading your post *blush*

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