Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

The Husband’s New Favorite Chicken with Veggie Couscous

Posted by 8 years ago 7 Comments

Remember waaay back when I said. . .

“Apparently all I had to do was shove a beer can up a chicken’s a$$ to get him excited about dinner!”

I may have been wrong. I’m not sure if it was the can of beer or the fact that I was serving him meat on a bone.

He was just as excited about tonight’s dinner and I even served couscous. You all know how much he hates couscous, right? lol

In all seriousness, he loved it. Even asking me what spices I used. He NEVER asks me what spices I use. I don’t think he knows what spices are! The Husband's New Favorite Chicken with Veggie Couscous

The toddler? Well, he ate with minimal complaint. A win in my book. :)

Here’s what I did. . .

Chicken Breasts

  • 3 bone in chicken breasts
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • Kosher Salt
  • Ground pepper

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

In a small bowl mix the cumin, coriander and onion powders.

Remove the skin from all or some of the breasts. I always remove mine. Why? Well let’s take a look. . .

Chicken with and without skin nutritional information
Nutritional information from SparkPeople.

That’s almost half the calories simply by removing the skin. Not to mention the fat! Yikes!

Place the breasts in a baking dish and season with the salt and pepper. Sprinkle on the spice mixture.

Bake for 40-45 minutes until internal temp is 165. Mine were perfect at 43 minutes. I pulled them out and let them sit for 5 minutes.

Baked chicken breasts before cooking

Baked chicken breasts after cooking

10 minutes before the chicken is done start the couscous. . .

Veggie Couscous

  • 2-3 slices of a large sweet onion diced
  • 2 carrots diced
  • 2 stalks of celery diced
  • 1 small zucchini diced
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth (4oz)
  • 1/2 cup whole grain couscous, dry (110g)

Heat a medium pot over medium heat. Spray with non stick cooking spray and cook the onion for a few minutes while dicing the carrots. Add the carrots, then celery, then zucchini.

Sprinkle with the cumin and coriander (subtle tie in with the chicken). Add the broth and bring to a boil.

Add the couscous, turn off the heat and cover. Fluff after 5 minutes.

I also served with some frozen broccoli. It was a perfect meal for the 3 of us with just enough leftover for a lunch. :)

For my Weight Watchers friends, I’d count this (1 breast and 1/4 of the couscous) as 8 WWP. That’s just my estimate, I don’t have it in me to post nutritional info this evening. Sorry. :(

See other recipes using: carrots, celery, chicken, coriander, couscous, cumin, zucchini

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    December 28, 2009

    sounds yummy. Can't wait to try it out. There is no way my hubby will even try the couscous though.


    December 28, 2009

    This meal looks great. If you can get your husband to eat it, I'm sure mine will too!


    December 29, 2009

    This sounds good! Hey Roni, you know those tags you have for your ideas, like the "toddler approved" tag? Well, you really need to add a "husband approved" tag too! It would help us all who have to deal with picky adults, you know...

    Rachel McFadden

    December 29, 2009

    Looks like a great family friendly meal...i'll have to give it a try and see if my picky one-year-old would like it too! Thanks for the great ideas!


    January 1, 2010

    Reinaldo - I need to do that! Thanks for the idea!


    February 8, 2010

    made it. loved it. the chk was a big hit, but I was the only one who liked the couscous. they ate the veggies out of it, though. I'll do rice next time, the same way. I was thinking you should do a hubby category, too. made dinner for: hubby me 4.5 year old 15 month old


    April 8, 2010

    YUM!!! I used boneless/skinless breasts and both BF and I LOVED it. Couscous went over well too, but I varied the veggies, using tiny bits of carrot, broccoli and kale. I think this is our new favorite chicken too!