I'm glad I read the reviews before making this. I did use chicken broth in place of the water to cook the couscous, toasted the walnuts, and I substituted golden raisins for the dates. It was good. It could use a little sweetness, as others have suggested you could use dried apricots or maybe a little fresh squeezed orange juice in the broth could add a nice enhancement...a dash of cinnamon too.
Couscous Salad with Chicken, Dates, and Walnuts
This dish is a cinch to prepare, and you can make it your own using fresh mint instead of cilantro, or almonds or hazelnuts instead of walnuts. Also try it with chicken breast or pork tenderloin in place of chicken thighs. Dates add a delicious Mediterranean touch, yielding a lovely sweet-savory flavor balance; for more tang, substitute dried apricots.
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Total: 20 Minutes
- Calories: 323
- Fat: 12.5g
- Saturated fat: 1.7g
- Monounsaturated fat: 2.9g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 6.9g
- Protein: 17.7g
- Carbohydrate: 36.4g
- Fiber: 3.6g
- Cholesterol: 55mg
- Iron: 1.5mg
- Sodium: 224mg
- Calcium: 65mg
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 cup uncooked couscous
- 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin, divided
- 3/8 teaspoon salt, divided
- 3/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
- 2/3 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 12 pitted Medjool dates, diced
- 1 green onion, thinly sliced
- 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
- 3 skinless, boneless chicken thighs (about 12 ounces)
- 2 garlic cloves, mashed to a paste
- 1. Preheat broiler to high.
- 2. Bring 1 1/2 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Stir in couscous; cover pan. Remove from heat; let couscous mixture stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Uncover pan; fluff couscous with a fork. Combine buttermilk, 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add couscous, walnuts, cilantro, dates, and green onion; stir mixture gently to combine.
- 3. Drizzle olive oil evenly over chicken thighs; sprinkle both sides of chicken with remaining 1/2 teaspoon cumin, remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/8 teaspoon pepper, and garlic. Arrange chicken in a single layer in a large ovenproof skillet. Broil chicken for 5 minutes; turn chicken over. Broil an additional 3 minutes or until done. Remove chicken from pan; let stand 5 minutes. Pour pan juices into couscous mixture; toss gently to combine. Spoon about 1 cup couscous mixture onto each of 6 plates. Slice chicken crosswise; divide chicken evenly over couscous.
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