Spiced Chicken Breasts with Couscous
and Cinnamon Onions
6 tbsp. olive oil
6 cups chopped onions
1 1/2 tbsp. brown sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 small onion, quartered
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. ground cumin
3/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. sweet paprika
4 chicken breast halves, skinless, boneless
1 1/2 cups canned diced tomatoes, undrained
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 10 oz. package couscous, freshly
Heat 4 tbsp. oil in a heavy large
skillet over medium-high heat. Add chopped onions and
stir to coat.
Season with salt. Sauté 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Reduce
heat to medium
and cook until onions are very soft, stirring frequently, about
10 minutes. Stir in brown sugar and
cinnamon, sauté until onions are brown,
about 5 minutes.
Coarsely puree quartered onion, lemon juice,
cumin, ginger and paprika in a
blender or food processor. Pour into a resealable plastic bag.
chicken, seal the bag and turn to coat. Refrigerate chicken between 30
minutes and 1 hour.
Heat 2 tbsp. oil in a different skillet over medium
heat. Add chicken and marinade, cook until chicken
is brown, about 3
minutes per side. Transfer chicken to a plate. Add tomatoes with
juice and broth to
skillet. Boil until sauce thickens, about 6 minutes.
Return chicken to skillet and spoon sauce over.
Reduce heat, cover and simmer
until chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes. Transfer
to a plate and
tent to keep warm. Boil the sauce until slightly more thickened, about 3
stir in the cilantro. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Rewarm the cinnamon onions. Mound couscous on 4 plates Top with chicken,
sauce and onions.