Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Spiced Grilled Chicken with Couscous

Tomatoes are everywhere right now and the last of my basil is also sitting in pots on my deck begging to be picked and used before the cold weather sends my plants to basil heaven. 

Anyone who knows me personally also knows that I am a huge chicken fan.  I love how versatile it is; you can fry it, you can roast it, bake it, make soup with it, but best of all - you can grill it!

This easy recipe adds a little spicy kick to grilled chicken.  Add steamed vegetables to the couscous for an extra healthy addition.

Spiced Grilled Chicken with Cous Cous-2

Spice Grilled Chicken with Couscous
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken halves
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup couscous
  • 3/4 pound cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup torn basil
  • 1/2 tsp grated lemon zest
  • 2 T fresh lemon juice
  • 1 T olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
Heat grill to medium high.

Using a meat mallet or rolling pin, pound chicken until about 1/2" thick.  Season with paprika, cumin, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper.  Grill about 3 minutes per side, until internal temperature reaches 150 degrees.  Transfer to a plate and tent with foil for 8-10 minutes.

Meanwhile, bring broth to a boil and add couscous.  Remove from heat and cover for 5 minutes.  Stir in lemon zest and juice, 2 T of olive oil, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper.  Spoon to bottom of serving dish, scatter tomatoes and basil on top.

Slice chicken into 1/4" slices and arrange on top of couscous.


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