3/4 pound skinned, boned chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch strips
1 1/2 cups water, divided
20 bite-size pitted prunes (about 4 1/2 ounces)
Vegetable cooking spray
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped onion
1/2 cup low-salt chicken broth
4 cups hot cooked couscous
3 tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted
How to Make It
Place first 3 ingredients in a large zip-top heavy-duty plastic bag. Add chicken; seal bag, and shake to coat. Chill 1 hour.
Combine 1 cup water and the prunes in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 1 hour. Drain prunes, reserving 1/4 cup cooking liquid.
Coat a nonstick skillet with cooking spray; add oil. Place over medium heat until hot. Add ginger, turmeric, and cinnamon; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add onion, and sauté 8 minutes. Add chicken, remaining 1/2 cup water, prunes, reserved 1/4 cup cooking liquid, and chicken broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes or until chicken is done.
Place couscous on a serving platter; top with chicken mixture, and sprinkle with almonds.
I was a little leery about cooking with prunes at first, but wow, this recipe won me over entirely. It's easy to make and really delicious. My husband and I followed the recipe exactly as written, although we had closer to a full pound of chicken. I chose to serve the couscous and stew in separate dishes rather than on the same platter as the recipe suggests, however, mainly to make storing the leftovers easier. (And don't skip the toasted almonds on top -- that little bit of crunch really elevates the dish.) We'll definitely be making this recipe again!
OMG! I can't believe there isn't a review for this recipe! I have been making this since it first appeared in Cooking Light magazine in 1995. It is one of my families favorite dishes. I have served it for dinner parties and it's always the first to go. It may appear complicated, but once you get a routine down it goes together really quickly. It's even great the next day, warmed. Don't alter anything!! If you like bland food...don't try this one!
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