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Chicken Souvlaki Kebabs with Mediterranean Couscous
2 h 20 m
Diabetic Living Magazine
“Fennel adds a nice flavoring to the marinade in this Mediterranean-inspired chicken souvlaki dish. The kabobs are perfectly paired with a veggie-packed, yogurt-dressed Israeli couscous.”
Chicken Souvlaki Kabobs
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into ½-inch strips
1 cup sliced fennel (reserve leaves, if desired)
⅓ cup dry white wine
¼ cup lemon juice
3 tablespoons canola oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons dried oregano, crushed
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon olive oil
½ cup Israeli (large pearl) couscous
1 cup water
½ cup snipped dried tomatoes (not oil-packed)
¾ cup chopped red sweet pepper
½ cup chopped cucumber
½ cup chopped red onion
⅓ cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt
¼ cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
¼ cup snipped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon lemon juice
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1Prepare kabobs: Place chicken and sliced fennel in a resealable plastic bag set in a shallow dish. For marinade, in a small bowl combine the white wine, lemon juice, oil, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper. Remove ¼ cup of the marinade and set aside.
2Pour the remaining marinade over chicken mixture. Seal bag; turn to coat chicken mixture. Marinate in the refrigerator 1½ hours, turning bag once.
3Meanwhile, if using wooden skewers, soak eight 10- to 12-inch skewers in water 30 minutes. Drain chicken, discarding marinade and fennel. Thread chicken, accordion-style, onto skewers.
4Grill chicken skewers, covered, over medium-high heat 6 to 8 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink, turning once. Remove from grill and brush with the reserved ¼ cup marinade.
5Prepare couscous: In a small saucepan heat 1 teaspoon olive oil over medium heat. Add ½ cup Israeli (large pearl) couscous. Cook and stir 4 minutes or until light brown. Add 1 cup water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 10 minutes or until couscous is tender and liquid is absorbed, adding ½ cup snipped dried tomatoes (not oil-packed) the last 5 minutes; cool. Transfer couscous to a large bowl. Stir in ¾ cup chopped red sweet pepper, ½ cup each chopped cucumber and chopped red onion, ⅓ cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt, ¼ cup each thinly sliced fresh basil leaves and snipped fresh parsley, 1 tablespoon lemon juice and ¼ teaspoon each salt and black pepper.
6Serve kabobs with couscous, lemon wedges and, if desired, reserved fennel leaves.