Dinner in 25 Minutes

Cinnamon Chicken With Couscous

4 servings

Cinnamon lends an earthiness to both chicken thighs and a couscous or rice pilaf. The spice is tempered by the sweetness of orange juice and honey.

Adapted from Delicious magazine:

4 servings (2 to 4 cups) cooked couscous or white or brown long-grain rice

8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs

Salt

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

41/2 tablespoons olive oil, plus additional for brushing

1/2 cup fresh orange juice

Grated zest from 1/2 to 1 large orange

Pinch ground ginger (optional)

1 to 2 tablespoons honey

1/3 cup slivered almonds, lightly toasted

1/3 cup dark or golden raisins

Handful fresh flat-leaf parsley and/or mint leaves (optional)

Make the couscous or rice according to package directions.

Line a broiler pan or baking sheet with foil. Preheat the broiler. Adjust the rack so it is at least 5 inches and up to 8 inches away from the broiler.

Pat the chicken dry. Remove any visible fat and season on both sides with salt and 1/2 to 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Place the chicken between 2 sheets of wax paper or plastic wrap and, using your hand, a skillet or a rolling pin, flatten it to an even thickness. Remove the top piece of paper or wrap, drizzle with about 1/2 tablespoon oil and, using your hands, toss to coat with oil and evenly distribute the spices. (You want to use as little oil as possible to prevent splatters in the oven.)

Broil the chicken, turning once, until lightly browned and cooked through, about 3 minutes per side.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix the remaining 4 tablespoons of oil, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, juice, zest, ginger if desired and honey to taste.

Using a fork, fluff the couscous or rice. Add the almonds, raisins, herbs if desired and half of the juice mixture and toss to combine. Season with salt to taste.

Brush the chicken with the remaining juice mixture and serve immediately with the couscous or rice.

Per serving: 445 calories, 30 gm protein, 24 gm carbohydrates, 25 gm fat, 114 mg cholesterol, 4 gm saturated fat, 123 mg sodium, 3 gm dietary fiber

-- Renee Schettler

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