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Orange-Tomato Couscous with Chicken

  • 45 m
  • 45 m
EatingWell Test Kitchen
“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.”


    • 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 1½ pounds), trimmed
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
    • 1¼ teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
    • 1¼ teaspoons ground cumin, divided
    • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
    • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
    • 1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes, with juice
    • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed
    • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
    • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, divided
    • 1 orange, scrubbed, halved and cut into ¼-inch slices
    • 1 cup whole-wheat couscous


  • 1 Pat chicken thighs dry with a paper towel. Season with salt, pepper, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon and ¼ teaspoon cumin.
  • 2 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.
  • 3 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.
  • 4 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.
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