Chicken Skewers with Dried Fruit Couscous

Prep time 15 min cook time 15 min serves 4

Typical nutritional content (per portion)

598Calories 15.7gFat 1.7gSaturates 0.9gSalt 10.1gSugars

Ingredients

For the Chicken:

4 x 100g / 4oz skinless chicken breast fillets

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1⁄2 teaspoon each ground cumin, turmeric and paprika

Juice of 1 lemon

8 small wooden skewers

For the Couscous:

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 small onion, chopped finely

1 garlic clove, crushed

1⁄4 teaspoon each ground cumin, cinnamon and ginger

50g / 2oz stoned dates, chopped

50g / 2oz dried ready-to-eat apricots, chopped

50g / 2oz toasted flaked almonds

225ml /8fl oz vegetable stock

225g / 8oz couscous

Juice of 1⁄2 lemon

2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander, plus extra sprigs to garnish

A little salt and freshly ground black pepper

4 lemon wedges and low-fat crème fraîche, to garnish

Method

To prepare the chicken:Cut each chicken breast fillet in half lengthways and place in a shallow non-metallic dish with the olive oil, garlic, cumin, turmeric, paprika and lemon juice. Mix well to combine. Cover with cling film and leave to marinade for about 2 hours in the fridge or up to 24 hours is fine. Thread the chicken pieces onto 8 x 15cm / 6 inch wooden skewers that have been soaked in water for at least 30 minutes to prevent them from burning.

To prepare the couscous:Heat the olive oil in a non-stick frying pan. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for 3-4 minutes until softened. Stir in the cumin, cinnamon and ginger and cook for another minute or so. Mix well and season with pepper. Stir in the dates, apricots and almonds and take it off the heat. Place couscous in a large bowl. Heat the vegetable stock until boiling and then pour over the couscous. Cover tightly with cling film and leave to stand for 5 minutes before gently separating the grains with a fork. Fold in the lemon juice and coriander with the dried fruit and onion mixture and season with a little salt and pepper. Set aside. Cook the marinated chicken skewers for 5-9 minutes on each side ensuring there is no pink meat left on the chicken pieces. Arrange on plates with the dried fruit couscous. Garnish with the coriander sprigs, lemon wedges and crème fraîche to serve.

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