This cinnamon- and cumin-spiked couscous with chicken takes its inspiration from Morocco. It's made mostly with pantry staples--all you have to pick up is some chicken thighs, a bunch of cilantro and an orange. The orange slices become tender after cooking--you can eat them skin and all. For a variation, substitute diced, boneless leg of lamb for the chicken. Serve with steamed green beans or a spinach salad.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2011


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  • Pat chicken thighs dry with a paper towel. Season with salt, pepper, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon cumin.

  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the chicken thighs and cook until browned, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and set aside.

  • Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and onion to the pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is softened, about 2 minutes. Add the remaining 1 teaspoon each cinnamon and cumin and cook, stirring constantly, for 30 seconds. Add tomatoes and their juice, chickpeas, broth, 2 tablespoons cilantro and orange slices; bring to a simmer, stirring with a wooden spoon to scrape up any browned bits. Return the chicken and any collected juice to the pan; cover and cook over medium-low heat until the chicken is cooked through, 5 to 10 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a clean plate.

  • Bring the cooking liquid back to a boil; stir in couscous and place the chicken thighs on top of the mixture. Remove from heat, cover and let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Garnish with the remaining cilantro.

Nutrition Facts

393 calories; protein 28.3g 57% DV; carbohydrates 44.1g 14% DV; dietary fiber 8.6g 34% DV; sugars 4.9g; fat 12.3g 19% DV; saturated fat 2.6g 13% DV; cholesterol 104.1mg 35% DV; vitamin a iu 401.9IU 8% DV; vitamin c 23.7mg 40% DV; folate 56.5mcg 14% DV; calcium 81.3mg 8% DV; iron 3.2mg 18% DV; magnesium 45.9mg 16% DV; potassium 535.7mg 15% DV; sodium 453.3mg 18% DV; thiamin 0.5mg 50% DV.

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  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 2
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Rating: 3 stars
Good week-night meal. I really enjoyed this recipe. I followed the other reviews and decided to grate the orange rind. I added the zest to the pot peeled the orange and then sliced it. Very nice flavour with the orange cumin and cinnamon. Next time I'll halve the amount of couscous and probably add more orange slices... Pros: Easy tasty different Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Good Start Could use some tweaks I've enjoyed Moroccan dishes before and this was consistent with those but much easier to make than another recipe I'm familiar with. I used bone-in thighs and they took MUCH longer to cook than the recipe says. I found this very frustrating. I also found it slightly on the bland side. Partially because I didn't have access to cilantro I think. (I did use coriander in addition to the spices it called for to compensate for this.) Another time I'd try one or more of the following changes: -replace some of the chicken broth with orange juice; I thought a stronger orange flavor would have helped. -add some chopped dates for some contrasting sweetness -add a little cayenne or aleppo pepper or a dash or two of hot sauce for just a little kick The chick-peas were fine but I don't think they are strictly necessary. On the other hand the chicken could be left out (and the chick peas kept in) for a good vegetarian dish with a fairly complete protein. Pros: Easy Healthy A Change of Pace Cons: Took longer to cook than stated; a little bland Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Delicious and wholesome! I used chicken breasts and trader joes whole grain mix. After my husband's heart attack I've been trying to get the family to eat healthier...they loved this recipe!! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
not worth trying I used the boneless thighs and the cooking time was accurate for them. I found the cooked oranges a bit bitter and think it would have been better to zest the orange and segment it to remove the bitter white pith. Of course that would take more time. I liked the other review's idea to add some OJ. That might have helped. I had the cilantro and it wasn't enough. Something was missing not sure what it needed though. Pros: instructions were accurate Cons: just not that good Read More
Rating: 2 stars
This had too many flavors and my family did not like the way the mixed actually ended up throwing out every thing but the chicken. The chicken is good. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Love this! I absolutely love the orange fruit in this dish!! All of the flavors blend so well together. I used two chicken breasts and shredded them with a fork before adding them back for the last time. I also used more crushed tomatoes. Next time I'm going to use more spices. I also used brown rice instead of cous cous. I loved this dish and I will definitely make it again! Pros: This is a healthy great tasting recipe; I especially LOVE the orange fruit in this dish. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Quick easy and tasty meal Family enjoyed this meal. I might have to add a bit more spice to the chicken. Will be making this dish again. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
Not a well-thought out recipe I can't imagine anyone making this recipe and then thinking it good enough to put on this website. The rinds from the oranges is bitter and it makes no sense to leave it in. The rest of the recipe is okay but like others said it was a little bland. Cons: not a good idea to leave the orange rind in Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Good stuff I make a very similar recipe with no orange or cinamon. But add pickle spears fried onion and thinkly sliced Jalapeno. It's really good. Read More