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Spice-Rubbed Chicken with Israeli Couscous


Transform an ordinary chicken breast and spinach into an exotic dinner for one with just a few quick twists.

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  • Servings: 1

Source: Everyday Food, July/August 2008


  • 2 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Israeli (pearl) couscous
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 2 cups baby spinach (2 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon sliced almonds
  • 1 chicken breast half (6 to 8 ounces)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garam masala


  1. In a small saucepan, heat 1/2 teaspoon oil over medium. Add couscous; cook, stirring, until lightly toasted, 1 to 2 minutes. Add 1/2 cup water and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil; cover, and reduce heat to low. Cook until liquid is almost absorbed, about 6 minutes. Add spinach, and cook until couscous is tender, 1 minute. Stir in almonds, and set aside.

  2. Sprinkle chicken with garam masala; season with salt and pepper. In a small skillet over medium-low, heat remaining 2 teaspoons oil. Add chicken; cook until opaque throughout, 6 to 8 minutes per side. Slice chicken; serve with couscous.

Cook's Notes

Garam masala is a fragrant Indian blend of spices that usually includes black pepper, cinnamon, cardamom, cumin, and coriander. As with regular couscous, Israeli couscous is a type of pasta made with semolina flour, but its grains, or pearls, are larger and chewier.

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  • jillksimpson
    15 OCT, 2013
    Why is this recipe for only 1 serving?!
  • CarolinaSV
    1 AUG, 2008
    Israeli couscous is nothing like dry, regular couscous. Your husband/you should give it a try. Really good and so easy. I add toasted pinenuts, a littel red pepper flakes, chicken broth.
  • repvt
    24 JUL, 2008
    I made this recipe with bulgar instead of couscous. My husband won't eat couscous, but will eat bulgar wheat. The trick is not to let the bulgar get too mushy. I also could not find garam masala... we live in the nothwoods, I'm lucky to find boneless chicken :). Anyway, you can make a combination of the spices and work with them and is was very tasty.