Curried Chicken with Chickpeas

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 cup chicken mixture, about 1/2 cup couscous, and 1/2 cup spinach)
Source: Cooking Light December 2002
CL Comments: Spinach sold in microwave-safe bags makes cooking it a snap. Place any other kind of bagged spinach in a microwave-safe container before cooking.
Amy's Comments: This was SUPER easy to put together and a filling meal. The chickpeas became so tender and the entire meal was just perfect. Even Larry loved it! An awesome weeknight speedy dinner!

INGREDIENTS:

Cooking spray
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon bottled minced garlic
1 pound chicken breast tenders, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 teaspoons curry powder
1 cup chopped plum tomato
1 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1 teaspoon hot chile sauce (such as Sriracha)
1 (15 1/2-ounce) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained
1 cup water
1 teaspoon olive oil
3/4 cup uncooked couscous
1 (10-ounce) microwaveable package fresh spinach
4 lemon wedges (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Heat a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Combine 1/2 teaspoon salt, garlic, and chicken, tossing to coat. Add chicken mixture to pan; saute 3 minutes or until browned. Stir in curry powder; cook 1 minute. Add tomato, broth, chile sauce, and chickpeas; bring to a simmer. Cover and cook 8 minutes.
  2. While chicken mixture cooks, place 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 cup water, and oil in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Gradually stir in couscous; remove from heat. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff couscous with a fork.
  3. While couscous stands, poke holes in spinach bag. Microwave at high 2 minutes. Garnish with lemon wedges, if desired.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:

Healthy Units: 8 per serving or Core
CALORIES 436(13% from fat); FAT 6.5g (sat 1.1g,mono 3.2g,poly 1.3g); PROTEIN 38.6g; CHOLESTEROL 66mg; CALCIUM 126mg; SODIUM 924mg; FIBER 8.3g; IRON 4.8mg; CARBOHYDRATE 55.1g

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