Last week  I was looking for something quick, easy, and healthy for dinner. In these cases, I usually look no further than Real Simple magazine. In addition to various food related articles and recipes, they always have a section for 5 Easy Weeknight Dinners.  Of the five, there is usually one chicken, one vegetarian, one pork/beef, and sometimes something crazy like a tapas meal. This particular evening, I had some chicken and wanted to try something a little different. I stumbled upon a spiced chicken recipe that also had some couscous involved, which I adore!

Spiced Chicken With CousCous
From Real Simple Magazine

2 tablespoons olive oil
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (6 ounces each)
1 teaspoon paprika
2 teaspoons ground cumin
kosher salt and black pepper
3⁄4 cup couscous
3/4 pound cherry or grape tomatoes, quartered
1/4 pound snap peas, thinly sliced crosswise (about 1 cup)
1/2 cup torn fresh basil
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest plus 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Season the chicken with the paprika, cumin, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper and cook until golden brown and cooked through, 6 to 7 minutes per side; transfer to plates.

Meanwhile, place the couscous in a large bowl. Add 1 cup hot tap water, cover, and let sit for 5 minutes; fluff with a fork. Add the tomatoes, snap peas, basil, lemon zest, lemon juice, the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper and toss to combine.

Slice the chicken and serve with the couscous.

This recipe was great. It was so easy and fast, I was able to multi-task mostly everything. The chicken was totally tender. I always tend to overcook chicken as I’m afraid of eating it raw. With this recipe, however, the chicken was coated in the dark cumin and paprika spices, that I couldn’t really tell how brown it was getting. I figured it had been on for about 5-7 minutes on each time and took it off. It was so juicy and moist, I couldn’t believe that this is what I’ve been missing out on all along! The couscous was my favorite part. I happened to have all of the ingredients on hand, and it was a wonderful and fresh dish. The sugar snap peas were from the Head House Farmer’s Market and were very crisp and flavorful, blending well with the cherry tomatoes and basil. I will probably use this recipe again and again for summer lunches, snacks, weeknight dinners, or even entertaining.

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