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Chicken Couscous

Chicken CouscousA richly flavorful chicken dish with carrots, celery, garbanzo beans and artichoke hearts, served over cinnamon-scented couscous studded with raisins.

Recipe Ingredients:

Lime Sauce (recipe follows)
4 broiler-fryer chicken drumsticks, skinned
4 broiler-fryer chicken thighs, skinned
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
5 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups chicken broth, warmed
2 tablespoons lime juice
3 carrots, sliced across
2 ribs celery, sliced across
1 (15-ounce) garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1 (14-ounce) artichoke hearts, drained and rinsed
Raisin Couscous (recipe follows)

Cooking Directions:

  1. Prepare Lime Sauce.
  2. Spread Lime Sauce over chicken drumsticks and thighs and set aside about 15 minutes.
  3. In large Dutch oven, pour in olive oil and heat to medium high temperature. Add chicken and cook about 5 minutes. Turn chicken; add onion and garlic stirring as chicken continues to brown, about 5 minutes.
  4. Pour chicken broth and lime juice over chicken; stir to loosen pan drippings. Add carrots and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer until chicken is tender, about 20 minutes.
  5. Add celery and bring to a boil over high temperature. Stir in garbanzo beans and gently place artichoke hearts across the top. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer 5 minutes more.
  6. With slotted spoon, remove chicken and vegetables to warm serving bowl. Skim off any fat in pan, boil juices about 5 minutes and pour into gravy boat with spout.
  7. To serve, mound Raisin Couscous, top with chicken and vegetables and pour juice over all.

Makes 4 servings.

Lime Sauce: In small bowl, mix together 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice, 1 teaspoon coriander, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon each of ground cinnamon, ginger, turmeric and pepper.

Raisin Couscous: In small saucepan, mix together 1 3/4 cups chicken broth, 1/3 cup raisins, 2 tablespoons butter, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg. Boil 2 minutes over high heat. Stir in 1 cup couscous, cover and remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes, fluff with fork and serve immediately.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of the National Chicken Council. Used with permission.