Grilled Moroccan Spiced Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Couscous and Pine Nuts

Grilled Moroccan Spiced Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Couscous and Pine Nuts

Dress up chicken breast with flavored stuffing. A spicy and grilled dinner ready in just 40 minutes.

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cup uncooked couscous
cup plus 2 tablespoons chicken broth
tablespoons butter
teaspoon ground coriander
teaspoon ground cumin
teaspoon salt
teaspoon ground turmeric
teaspoon grated lemon peel
tablespoons fresh lemon juice
tablespoon dried cranberries
tablespoon pine nuts
Dash of red pepper sauce or to taste
boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/4 lb)
tablespoon vegetable oil
teaspoon salt
teaspoon ground cumin
teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  1. In small bowl, place couscous; set aside.
  2. In 1-quart saucepan, heat broth, butter, coriander, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, 1/4 teaspoon salt and the turmeric to boiling.
  3. Pour hot broth over couscous, stir well and cover with foil. Let stand 5 minutes to allow liquid to be absorbed. Uncover and fluff couscous with fork. Stir in lemon peel, lemon juice, cranberries, pine nuts and pepper sauce; set aside.
  4. Meanwhile, place 1 chicken breast on work surface. Notice it has a thick end and a thin end. To create a pocket for the stuffing, insert long, thin knife (a boning knife is ideal) into middle of thick end, parallel to work surface. Slide knife in until it reaches middle of chicken. Move knife up and down within the chicken to form a pocket. You want to have a smaller opening where knife entered the chicken and a larger pocket within the chicken to stuff with couscous mixture. Repeat with remaining chicken breasts.
  5. Spray grill rack with cooking spray or brush with oil. Heat coals or gas grill for medium heat. (Check the temperature of the coals by placing your hand, palm side down, near but not touching the cooking grill rack. If you can keep your hand there for two seconds [one-thousand one, one-thousand two], the temperature is high; three seconds is medium-high; four seconds is medium; five seconds is low.)
  6. Use one hand to hold chicken with thick end up. With other hand, stuff 1/4 cup of the couscous into pocket. Repeat with remaining chicken. Brush chicken with oil.
  7. In small bowl, mix 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon cumin and the pepper. Sprinkle mixture evenly over chicken breasts.
  8. Grill chicken covered 15 to 20 minutes, turning occasionally, until juice of chicken is no longer pink when center of thickest part is cut (170ºF) and stuffing is hot. To serve, slice each breast and layer on plate so stuffing is visible.
Makes 4 servings
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Why it Works: Creating Couscous Although it may look like a seed or a grain, couscous is actually pasta. Unlike spaghetti or macaroni, couscous is not extruded or rolled out and cut into pieces. Instead, couscous is made by hand. Native to the North African countries of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, couscous is one of the world’s first pastas. To make it, durum semolina flour (a harder, coarser wheat than used in regular wheat flour) is mixed with water and rolled between the palms of the hand. With time and a great deal of patience, small pellets of pasta are formed, steamed and finally dried. Traditionally, couscous is steamed in a large pot (called a couscousiere) above simmering stews called tagines. The boxed couscous available in stores is much easier to prepare because it has already been steamed and dried so it is ready to cook.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 320
    • (Calories from Fat 140),
  • Total Fat 15g
    • (Saturated Fat 5g,
    • Trans Fat 0g),
  • Cholesterol 100mg;
  • Sodium 660mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 11g
    • (Dietary Fiber 1g,
    • Sugars 2g),
  • Protein 34g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    • 1 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 0 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 0 Skim Milk;
    • 0 Low-Fat Milk;
    • 0 Milk;
    • 0 Vegetable;
    • 0 Very Lean Meat;
    • 4 1/2 Lean Meat;
    • 0 High-Fat Meat;
    • 0 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 1;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.