Rating: 3.5 stars
10 Ratings
  • 1 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 0
  • 5 star values: 5

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.

Rozanne Gold
Recipe by Cooking Light September 2013

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Credit: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr

Recipe Summary

hands-on:
20 mins
total:
20 mins
Yield:
Serves 6
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat broiler to high.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

Chef's Notes

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Nutrition Facts

323 calories; fat 12.5g; saturated fat 1.7g; mono fat 2.9g; poly fat 6.9g; protein 17.7g; carbohydrates 36.4g; fiber 3.6g; cholesterol 55mg; iron 1.5mg; sodium 224mg; calcium 65mg.
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