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Randy Mayor; Jan Gautro Photo by: Randy Mayor; Jan Gautro

Curried Chicken and Chickpeas

Spinach sold in microwave-safe bags makes cooking it a snap. Place any other kind of bagged spinach in a microwave-safe container before cooking.

Cooking Light DECEMBER 2002

  • Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 cup chicken mixture, about 1/2 cup couscous, and 1/2 cup spinach)

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon bottled minced garlic
  • 1 pound chicken breast tenders, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 cup chopped plum tomato
  • 1 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon hot chile sauce (such as Sriracha)
  • 1 (15 1/2-ounce) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 3/4 cup uncooked couscous
  • 1 (10-ounce) microwaveable package fresh spinach
  • 4 lemon wedges (optional)

Preparation

Heat a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Combine 1/2 teaspoon salt, garlic, and chicken, tossing to coat. Add chicken mixture to pan; saute 3 minutes or until browned. Stir in curry powder; cook 1 minute. Add tomato, broth, chile sauce, and chickpeas; bring to a simmer. Cover and cook 8 minutes.

While chicken mixture cooks, place 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 cup water, and oil in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Gradually stir in couscous; remove from heat. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff couscous with a fork.

While couscous stands, poke holes in spinach bag. Microwave at high 2 minutes. Garnish with lemon wedges, if desired.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 436
  • Calories from fat: 13%
  • Fat: 6.5g
  • Saturated fat: 1.1g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.2g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.3g
  • Protein: 38.6g
  • Carbohydrate: 55.1g
  • Fiber: 8.3g
  • Cholesterol: 66mg
  • Iron: 4.8mg
  • Sodium: 924mg
  • Calcium: 126mg
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