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Chicken Couscous & Greens Recipe

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My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.

Calories 438
Protein 44g
Fat 17g
Carbs 32g
Total Time 30 minutes

I made chicken couscous dish for the first time long ago because I was tired of my usual chicken and rice mix.  Sure, it’s a clutch meal but even your clutch meal can be a little stale, no matter how much sauce you put on it.

That’s when variety becomes important.  It’s the difference between staying on course to achieve your wellness goals or grabbing the nearest fast food to curb hunger (or hanger) pains.

If you don’t know where to start, then just take each ingredient and think of a suitable swap.

For this Chicken Couscous recipe:

  • chicken breasts become chicken thighs (or your own choice of protein)
  • rice becomes couscous
  • steamed green veggies become hearty green leaf veggies

And just that easy, you’ve transformed a recipe and provided much-needed relief to your brain and tastebuds so you can stay on track. If you have a gluten allergy then I would not suggest couscous as it is made from durum wheat; however, quinoa and brown rice are suitable alternatives, and so long as you switch up the flavors, you can still feel like you’re eating something brand new.

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How To Cook Couscous With Chicken

Ingredients

Easy Chicken Couscous

Ingredients for 4 servings

  • spray olive oil
  •  Chicken
    • 1 1/2lbs chicken thighs, fat trimmed
      • SUBSTITUTE: chicken breasts; turkey breasts; tofu or tempeh; lean flank
    • 2 teaspoons cumin
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1 tablespoon thyme
    • pinch of sea salt
    • pinch of cracked pepper
  • Couscous
    • 1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
    • 2/3 cup onion, chopped
    • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
    • 1 cup Israeli pearl couscous
    • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika (optional)
    • 4-5 red chard leaves, finely chopped
    • 1/2 cup chopped portobello mushrooms (optional)
    • 2 1/2 cups chicken stock (or broth)
Steps
  1. Season chicken thighs, making sure to rub the seasoning and herbs over all the pieces.
  2. Set a nonstick skillet on high heat.  Once hot, spray the skillet with olive oil, then add the chicken thighs.  Sear on each side for 3 minutes to make the outside crispy and brown, then remove the thighs from the skillet and set aside.  No worries if the thighs have not finished cooking.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium, then add olive oil, onion and garlic.  Caramelize and brown the onion for 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Add the pearl couscous to the skillet to toast, and mix around in the skillet, ensuring the couscous is covered in oil.   If desired, sprinkle in the smoked paprika now.
  5. Toast for 1 to 2 minutes, then add chopped red chard (or greens) and mushrooms.  Cook until the chard begins to slightly wilt and soften, about 2 minutes.
  6. Pour in the chicken stock and bring to a simmer.  Reduce the heat to low-medium and cover and cook for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the pearl couscous is plump and the majority of the liquid has been absorbed. (Note: it should not be soupy, rather saucy.)

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Calories
438
Protein
44g
Fat
17g
Carbs
32g
Sodium
Fiber
3g
Sugar
2g
About the author

FitMenCook

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.