Orange-Tomato Couscous with Chicken

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Orange-Tomato Couscous with Chicken

This cinnamon- and cumin-spiked couscous with chicken takes its inspiration from Morocco. It’s made mostly with pantry staples—all you have to pick up is some chicken thighs, a bunch of cilantro and an orange. The orange slices become tender after cooking—you can eat them skin and all. For a variation, substitute diced, boneless leg of lamb for the chicken. Serve with steamed green beans or a spinach salad.

Yield: 6 servings, about 1 chicken thigh & 1 cup couscous each
Active Time: 45
Total Time: 45

Ingredients

  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 1 1/2 pounds), trimmed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cumin, divided
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes, with juice
  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, divided
  • 1 orange, scrubbed, halved and cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 cup whole-wheat couscous

Preparation

  1. Pat chicken thighs dry with a paper towel. Season with salt, pepper, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon cumin.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the chicken thighs and cook until browned, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
  3. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and onion to the pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is softened, about 2 minutes. Add the remaining 1 teaspoon each cinnamon and cumin and cook, stirring constantly, for 30 seconds. Add tomatoes and their juice, chickpeas, broth, 2 tablespoons cilantro and orange slices; bring to a simmer, stirring with a wooden spoon to scrape up any browned bits. Return the chicken and any collected juice to the pan; cover and cook over medium-low heat until the chicken is cooked through, 5 to 10 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a clean plate.
  4. Bring the cooking liquid back to a boil; stir in couscous and place the chicken thighs on top of the mixture. Remove from heat, cover and let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Garnish with the remaining cilantro.

Nutrition

Nutrition Per Serving

calories 417
fat 14 g (3 g sat, 7 g mono)
cholesterol 74 mg
carbohydrates 44 g
protein 29 g
fiber 8 g
sodium 458 mg
potassium 509 mg

Nutrition Bonus Vitamin C (37% daily value), Iron (20% dv), Zinc (18% dv).

Carbohydrate Serving 2 1/2

Exchanges 2 1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 3 lean meat, 1 fat

From EatingWell March/April 2011