Surviving Dinner – Chicken, Tomatoes, & Feta with Couscous

Lots of recipes claim they can be cooked in 20 minutes or less.  Some nights are so busy, even that’s too long.  “Surviving Dinner” is a series that is not about good wifeing, mothering, or cooking.  It’s about surviving.  It’s for those nights when you’re tempted to write “fast food” on the menu, but cooking at home will save you a few dollars, a few hundred calories, and loads of mommy-guilt.  Recipes found here can be cooked quickly and have minimal prep and clean-up.  Some may require a little pre-planning, but many won’t.

Here’s why this week’s menu is good news for you.  1. It’s healthy.  2. It’s a fab way to use up tomatoes before they go bad.  3. Chicken breast tenders cook faster than whole chicken breasts.  4. You don’t have to cook couscous, you just heat water.

Survival Menu:

  • Chicken with tomatoes and feta
  • Couscous
  • Cucumbers


  • Chicken breast tenders
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Feta Cheese
  • Couscous
  • Cucumber
  • Garlic Powder
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Olive oil

1.  Heat oil in a pan, saute cherry tomatoes.

2. Once the tomatoes have burst add garlic powder, italian seasoning, and salt to taste.

3.  Season the chicken with salt & pepper.  Push the tomatoes to the side of the pan and add chicken.  Cook chicken 3-4 minutes per side.

4.  While the chicken is cooking, heat the water for your couscous in the microwave.  When you cover it on the counter, don’t worry if you don’t have a tight-fitting lid.  Anything will work.

5.  Top chicken with tomatoes & feta, serve with couscous and sliced cucumbers.

Wondering what I’m doing here?  Learn more about the idea behind Surviving Dinner.


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