Apricot Almond Couscous with Chicken

Author: Canadian Living

Having a selection of dried spices on hand brings flavours from around the world to your table. For example, this salad features a Moroccan-inspired, pantry-friendly combination of dried fruit, nuts, couscous and spices, plus chicken from the freezer.

  • Portion size 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 1/2 cup couscous
  • 2/3 cups dried apricots cut_in strips
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange rind
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds toasted
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 4 wedges lemons
  • 4 wedges oranges

Method

In bowl, combine 2 tbsp (25 mL) of the oil, cumin, coriander, turmeric, half of the salt, the cinnamon and pepper; set aside 1 tbsp (15 mL) for couscous. Add chicken to remainder; toss to coat.

Place chicken on greased grill over medium-high heat; close lid and cook, turning once, until no longer pink inside, about 12 minutes. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.)

Meanwhile, in large bowl, combine couscous and apricots; add 1-1/2 cups (375 mL) boiling water. Let stand for 5 minutes; fluff with fork.

Whisk together orange rind and juice, remaining oil and reserved spice mixture. Using fork, mix into couscous along with almonds, parsley and remaining salt. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.)

Divide salad among plates. Slice chicken crosswise into 1/2-inch (1 cm) thick slices; place on salad. Serve with lemon and orange wedges.

Nutritional facts <b>PER SERVING:</b> about

  • Sodium 378 mg
  • Protein 44 g
  • Calories 669.0
  • Total fat 22 g
  • Cholesterol 84 mg
  • Saturated fat 2 g
  • Total carbohydrate 73 g

%RDI

  • Iron 29.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 27.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 8.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 18.0
  • Vitamin C 37.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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