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Citrus Chicken Bowl
By Jenna
12/20/2012 9:46:00 PM  

Delicious, affordable, high-protein, low-fat and simple to prepare -- with all this going for it, it's easy to understand why fitness-minded people make chicken their go-to meal of choice. Problem is, you can get in a rut with the same ol' one or two recipes that can make mealtime a snooze. Fortunately, jazzing up chicken -- without junking it up with empty calories -- is easier than you think. Try this fast, simple and zesty recipe that takes about 5 minutes of prep time, and 15 minutes to cook -- complete with side dish!

Nutrient Information

Makes 4 servings
Calories 370
Protein 35 g
Carb 35 g
Fat 10 g

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of chicken boneless breast
  • 2 cups of chicken stock
  • The juice from one lemon (or the juice from 1/2 orange)
  • The zest from one lemon (or the zest from 1/2 orange)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 pepper
  • 1 teaspoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • Your choice of two items from the following list:
    • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
    • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
    • 1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
    • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 small bag of frozen peas & carrots
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup couscous
  • Non-stick cooking spray

Preparation:

  1. Spray a large frying pan with non-stick cooking spray and heat to medium-high.
  2. Cut chicken into 1 inch cubes and toss in a bowl with flour, salt and pepper until all pieces are lightly coated.
  3. Add chicken to hot skillet and stir to brown all sides (about 5 minutes).
  4. Add soy sauce and zest of lemon or orange.
  5. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring continuously, then add the lemon (or orange) juice, 1 cup stock and cook for 1 minute once the mixture has reached a boil.
  6. While the chicken is cooking, bring the remaining stock to a boil in a separate pot. Add olive oil, stir in peas & carrots and couscous, cover pot and remove from heat. Allow to stand for 5 minutes.
  7. Using a fork, fluff up the couscous, tossing in your choice of fresh herbs from the list.
  8. Place a bed of the couscous in a bowl, spooning chicken over the top.

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Tags: Recipe, Chicken, Citrus
Categories: Nutrition, Healthy Living, Recipes
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