Sweet Chili Lime Chicken with Cilantro Couscous

4.6
(113)

A very flavorful Asian-type meal with a sweet heat that incorporates my favorite flavors (chili, lime, and cilantro) with a little bit of sugar. The sauce glazes the chicken and is wonderful over the cilantro couscous. You can substitute salt and pepper to taste for MSG.

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Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cubed

  • 1 pinch monosodium glutamate (such as Ac'cent®), or to taste

  • 6 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar

  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes, or more to taste

  • 1 lime, juiced and zested

  • 2 cups vegetable broth

  • 1 cup couscous

  • cup chopped cilantro

  • 4 wedges lime for garnish

Directions

  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat; cook and stir chicken breast cubes in the hot oil until the juices run clear and chicken is no longer pink inside, 5 to 6 minutes. Sprinkle chicken with monosodium glutamate as it cooks. Remove chicken from skillet.

  2. Mix soy sauce, brown sugar, red pepper flakes, lime juice, and lime zest in a bowl, stirring to dissolve sugar. Pour sauce into hot skillet, bring to a boil, and reduce heat to low. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce begins to reduce slightly, 3 to 4 minutes. Mix cooked chicken into sauce and cook until sauce forms a glaze on chicken pieces, about 2 to 3 more minutes, stirring often.

  3. Bring vegetable broth to a boil in a saucepan. Stir couscous into vegetable broth, turn off the heat, and let couscous stand until broth is absorbed, about 5 minutes. Stir cilantro into couscous.

  4. Arrange couscous onto a serving platter, top with chicken and sauce, and serve with lime wedges. Squeeze lime wedges over couscous and chicken before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

380 Calories
6g Fat
52g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 380
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 59mg 20%
Sodium 1675mg 73%
Total Carbohydrate 52g 19%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 22g
Protein 28g
Vitamin C 8mg 39%
Calcium 60mg 5%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 334mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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