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Couscous is a nutritious and famous dish in the Middle East and originates from North Africa. This Couscous is rich in flavor, aroma and many nutrients and is made of small balls of steamed semolina in chicken broth. In other regions in regions in the world Couscous is made from ground barley or cornmeal.

Ingredients

  • 6 skinless chicken fillets (150 grams each-5 ounces)
  • ½ tsp of cracked pepper corn
  • ½ tsp. of cumin powder
  • ½ tsp. of paprika powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. of canola oil
  • 1 ½ cup of Couscous (250 grams)
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp coriander seeds
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • ½ cup onion (chopped)
  • 1 cup carrots cut into small cubes
  • 1 cup zucchini cut into small cube
  • ½ cup of chopped coriander
  • 3 cups of chicken stock
  • 1 cup of chickpeas (cooked)
  • Fresh mint for garnish

Preparation

Marinate the skinless chicken fillets with the pepper, turmeric, coriander, cumin powder, and olive oil, and keep in a chiller for one hour.

In a medium size saucepan heat canola oil, add the chopped onions, garlic, and the cut carrots and zucchini with the cracked pepper, then sauté lightly on a medium heat for 5 minutes.

Add the cumin, turmeric and coriander seeds and Sautee for another 2 minutes.

Add the chicken stock, chickpeas, and the fresh coriander and bring it to boil, then reduce heat to medium then cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

Take off the heat and add the couscous, stir softly then cover tightly and let it steam for 15 minutes.

In a hot grill or a pan, grill the chicken fillets until cooked.

Gently stir the couscous and serve hot with the grilled chicken fillet on top and garnish with mint leaves and with mixed salad.

Preparation Time: less than 90 minutes
Cooking Time: 30-45 minutes
Serves: 6
Calories per serving: 350 including the skinless chicken fillets
Fat per serving: 8 grams, mostly monounsaturated fat.

Health Message

Chicken Couscous is a healthy and a nutritious dish that supports heart health. It contains numerous nutrients that reduce the risk of stroke and some types of cancer as it is rich in fiber and antioxidants. It’s appropriate for children, adults, seniors, and pregnant and lactating women. People with diabetes are advised to consult their dietitians about the amount of carbohydrates in one serving of chicken couscous, but generally each ½ cup equals one serving of carbohydrates.