Moroccan Couscous w/ Grilled Lemon Chicken

Here is a nice, healthy recipe for spring (whenever that will happen).

I got the inspiration from Dorie Greenspan, but made the couscous my own.

I love preserved lemon. You can make your own, or mail order from a good Middle Eastern grocery (or amazon!). It gives everything you use it in a real zing of lemon (you just use the rind).

Raisins are a must here (you can use currants too), they set off the tartness of the lemon by adding a nice sweet element to the dish.

If you are having friends for lunch, this is a great make ahead dish, and is best served at room temperature.

Moroccan Couscous w/ Grilled Lemon Chicken: (adapted from epicurious)

2 cups of chicken broth
10 oz. package of unflavored plain couscous (the small variety)
1 tbsp ground ginger
2 garlic cloves, pushed thru a garlic press
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 red bell pepper, cut into small dice
1 carrot, peeled and julienned
1 tbsp of grated lemon peel or preserved lemon (rind only)
1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice
olive oil

Heat the broth with the spices and garlic until boiling, then add in the couscous and raisins.
Remove from the flame, and cover the pot. After 10 minutes the liquid should be absorbed.
Fluff w/ a fork and add in the carrots, lemon peel and red bell pepper.

Drizzle w/ olive oil and mix ingredients lightly.

Set aside.

4 chicken breast halves
1 tbsp olive oil
juice of a lemon
1 tsp kosher salt
black pepper

Marinate the chicken breasts in a ziploc bag for 3 hours in the fridge.

Light a grill pan or BBQ and grill the breasts about 4 minutes per side, depending on how thick they are.

Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes before slicing across the grain.

Serve the chicken over the couscous w/ fresh cilantro and added sliced lemons if desired.



Anonymous said…
NEWSFLASH! --- They just started selling glass jarred preserved lemons at Trader Joe's.

I love couscous, but I think I'm going to try this preparation with quinoa.

Now that I'm into it I'm SO into it!

Eating it makes me feel good.

I think it's right for my blood type :o)
Katie C. said…
I made a half batch of the couscous last night but I used saffron instead of turmeric because that's what I had. I also wasn't thinking straight and forgot to half the raisins, oh well. The recipe was quite good. We had it with lemon and Rosemary marinated baked pork chops.
Natalia said…
I'm a fan of any chicken dishes so will definitely be trying this recipe!