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Couscous with Orange and Tomato Simmered Chicken

Couscous Chef
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30 mins
Prep: 20 mins | Cook: 10 MINS | Servings: Serves 4 (serving size: about 1/2 cup couscous, 2 chicken thighs, and about 1/2 cup sauce)



      • 1 medium fennel bulb with stalks
      •  2 teaspoons olive oil
      •  8 skinless, bone-in chicken thighs (about 1 1/2 pounds)
      •  1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
      •  1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
      •  3/4 cup prechopped onion
      •  1 carrot, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
      •  1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
      •  1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper (optional)
      •  1/3 cup orange juice
      •  10 pitted kalamata olives, quartered
      •  1 (14.5-ounce) can unsalted diced tomatoes, drained
      •  1 1/4 cups water
      •  1 cup whole-wheat couscous


      1. Trim tough outer leaves from fennel; mince feathery fronds to measure 2 tablespoons. Remove and discard stalks. Cut fennel bulb in half lengthwise; discard core. Vertically slice fennel bulb.
      2.  Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Sprinkle chicken with salt and black pepper. Add chicken to pan; cookminutes on each side or until well browned. Transfer chicken to a plate.
      3.  Add sliced fennel, onion, and carrot to pan; cook 3 minutes. Add cinnamon and red pepper, if desired; cook 1 minute. Add orange juice, olives, and tomatoes. Increase heat to high, and bring to a boil. Add chicken and accumulated juices to pan. Reduce heat to medium, and cook 20 minutes or until chicken is done.
      4.  Bring 1 1/4 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Stir in couscous; cover. Remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
      5.  Serve chicken and vegetables over couscous. Top with fennel fronds.

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