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North African Spiced Chicken with Zucchini & Rasin-Sunflower Couscous

Tangy, spiced marinated chicken and zucchini served with sweet and crunchy raisin-sunflower couscous.
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 35-40 min
Calories: 510

ABOUT THE DISH

Tangy, spiced marinated chicken and zucchini served with sweet and crunchy raisin-sunflower couscous.

Ingredients
Chicken breasts
Lemon
Parsley
Raisins
Roasted sunflower seeds
Garlic
Zucchini
Moroccan couscous
Ras el hanout

Cooking terms for this recipe

Sear To cook the surface of meat very quickly with intense heat.
Mince To cut a food into very small pieces.
Deglaze To dissolve the small particles remaining in a pan by adding liquid and heating.

What you need

Small pot

Large pan

Cooking Instructions

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Step 1: MISE EN PLACE

Read through entire recipe before getting started. Wash and dry all produce. Zest lemon; cut in half, then juice. Mince parsley. Mince or grate garlic. Remove root from zucchini, slice into ¼” rounds. Remove chicken from package; rinse, pat dry and cut into ½” cubes.

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Step 2: MARINATE CHICKEN

Add 1 Tbsp. lemon juice, ras al hanout, half parsley, 2 tsp lemon zest, diced chicken, a pinch of salt and pepper and 2 Tbsp. oil together in a small bowl. Mix until combined and evenly seasoned.

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Step 3: COOK THE COUSCOUS

Bring 1 cup water to boil in a small pot over medium heat. Add couscous, cover and turn heat off. Allow to cook for 8-10 min. While couscous is cooking, begin to sear chicken (Step #4).

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Step 4: SEAR THE CHICKEN

Heat 1 Tbsp. oil in large pan over medium heat. Remove chicken from marinade (reserve marinade), add to pan and sear until lightly browned, about 3-4 min per side. Add zucchini, marinade liquid and ¼ cup water to deglaze the pan. Simmer 1-2 min until flavors have dissolved into the liquid. USDA recommends cooking poultry to an internal temperature of 165ºF.

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Step 5: FINISH THE COUSOUS

Fluff couscous with a fork. Add sunflower seeds, other half parsley and raisins; mix well. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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Step 6: PLATE YOUR DISH

Divide couscous between two bowls. Top with chicken, zucchini and plenty of pan drippings. Mix together before eating. Enjoy!