Orange-Tomato Couscous with Chicken

March/April 2011

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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.

Orange-Tomato Couscous with Chicken Recipe

15 Reviews for Orange-Tomato Couscous with Chicken


I have made this meal multiple times. Its easy, inexpensive and DELICIOUS! My husband approves as well. The cinnamon and cumin really are the key ingredients that make this dish.

flavorful, easy, filling
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!

This is a healthy great tasting recipe; I especially LOVE the orange fruit in this dish.
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!!

Healthy and Delicious!

I was looking for something fun to do with some leftover chicken, and I found this and decided to try it out! I did change up the recipe a little, as I left out the chickpeas, forgot the cilantro, and used chicken drumsticks instead. I loved being able to eat the orange rind. Letting the orange slices cook in the juice softened them up and added flavor perfectly. It was a different taste than I expected, but I thought it was perfect for the dish (Also, it some added vitamins! There are so many great vitamins in the rind!)

Tip - The recipe suggests boneless chicken thighs, but if you choose to use bone-in chicken thighs or legs, cook it for a bit longer. I had to bake the chicken legs for a while after I finished the rest of the dish, as they weren't fully cooked.

Easy, Healthy, Tastey & Interesting Flavor Combination, Fun to make
Simple and nice mix of flavors

I made this recipe tonight for BF and myself. It was a hit. It had a very nice mixture of flavors that you wouldn't expect to go together (cumin and orange?) but they all complimented nicely. I took the advice of some other posters and peeled and de-pithed the orange, also adding some of the zest. I also doubled all of the spices and added quite a bit of cayenne pepper (we love spicy foods). The cayenne gave it a nice little kick that I think really made the dish into something special. BF suggested white wine and hot sauce as additions next time, which I will definitely try. This is a keeper, and a great way to do something new with boring chicken.

Simple ingredients, easy to make

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