Recipe Review: Spiced Chicken with Couscous Pilaf

So this recipe is a staple in our house.  It has amazing flavor, cooks in one pot, and makes a large meal.  I had some friends over for dinner the other night and I served appetizers of various kinds of hummus and dippers as well as this dish and a dessert that I’ll share with you guys later.

Original recipe is from a Cooking Light magazine.

Spiced Chicken with Couscous Pilaf

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

  • 2-1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper (also known as cayenne)
  • 4 (4-ounce) boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable or canola oil, divided
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup uncooked couscous
  • 1 cup fat-free reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine first 7 ingredients in a shallow dish. Dredge chicken in paprika mixture.
  2. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add chicken, and cook 5 minutes on each side or until done. Remove the chicken from pan. Keep warm.
  3. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in pan over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; sauté 1 minute. Stir in couscous and broth; bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Stir in corn; cover, and let stand 5 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Stir in the minced cilantro and lime juice. Serve with the chicken.

THOUGHTS

  • I prefer my chicken chopped into bite-size pieces so I’ll cut it up, then toss the pieces in the skillet and dump the spices on top – it’s less messy and quicker this way BUT the chicken doesn’t get crispy on the outside like it would if you did it per the instructions.
  • Do not use smoked paprika – it completely alters the flavor of the recipe and not in a good way.
  • The cilantro and lime juice can make or break the dish – they add a lot of flavor without being overpowering and definitely take this dish to the next level.  Don’t leave ‘em out.

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3 responses to “Recipe Review: Spiced Chicken with Couscous Pilaf

  1. Pingback: Recipe Review: Ginger-Peach Freeze « changingmymarbles

  2. Saw this on the “shine on friday” hop and had to have the recipe. Thanks for sharing.
    Karen @ BakingInATornado.blogspot.com

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