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Diet & Nutrition 18 Oct 2017

Recipe: Spiced Chicken with Couscous

A lean dish with a Moroccan twist

Couscous has a very impressive profile, filled with minerals and vitamins including selenium, thiamin, folic acid and manganese. It’s high calcium content helps prevent both heart disease and insomnia.

Ingredients:

(Serves 4)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 400g couscous
  • 250ml hot water
  • 300g cherry or grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 150g snap peas, thinly sliced crosswise
  • 25g fresh basil, coarsely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest, grated
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Instructions:

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large pan over medium heat. Season the chicken with paprika, cumin, ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper.
  2. Cookthe chicken until golden brown, approximately 6 to 7 minutes per side. Transfer to cutting board.
  3. Place the couscous in a large bowl. Add 250ml hot water, cover, and let sit for 5 minutes before fluffing with a fork.
  4. Add the tomatoes, snap peas, basil, lemon zest and juice, remaining oil, ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper to couscous. Toss to combine.
  5. Slice the chicken and serve with the couscous.

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