Southwest Chicken Piccata with Peppered Couscous

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Quick Facts

Servings: 4
Cook Time: 25 min.
Recipe created by Mary Hawkes from Prescott, Arizona
Minced jalapeños bring a nice bit of heat to both the chicken and the couscous.


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 3 Tbs flour
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 4 tsp vegetable oil, divided
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tsp minced seeded jalapeño pepper
  • 1 Tbs thinly sliced cilantro
  • 1 1/2 tsp fresh lime juice
  • Peppered Couscous:1 cup uncooked couscous
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup julienne sweet red pepper
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 1 tsp minced jalapeño pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp seasoned pepper blend
  • 2 Tbs cilantro sprigs
  • lime slices


  • In large sealable plastic bag, place chicken and pound to 1/4 inch thickness.
  • On plate, mix together flour, garlic salt, cumin and pepper. Dip chicken in flour mixture, turning to coat.
  • In large nonstick frypan over medium high heat, heat 2 teaspoons of the oil. Add 2 breast halves and cook about 5 minutes or until lightly browned and fork can be inserted in chicken with ease.
  • Remove chicken from pan and keep warm.
  • Wipe pan clean and repeat with remaining oil and chicken. To frypan, add chicken broth and jalapeño pepper; bring to a boil, stirring to loosen brown bits.
  • Cook about 3 minutes to reduce by half, remove from heat and stir in cilantro and lime juice.
  • Place couscous on serving dish and arrange chicken on top. Spoon sauce over chicken and garnish with cilantro sprigs, lime slices, and chile peppers.
  • Peppered Couscous:In small saucepan, mix together remaining cup chicken broth, frozen corn kernels, sweet red pepper, jalapeño pepper, pepper blend and salt.
  • Bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in uncooked couscous.
  • Remove from heat, cover and let stand 5 minutes.
  • Stir in thinly sliced cilantro.
Recipe courtesy of the National Chicken Council

Nutrition Facts

Calories 425
  Calories from Fat 82 (19%)
(14%)Total Fat 9g
(8%)Saturated Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
(25%)Cholesterol 76mg
(66%)Sodium 1574mg
(23%)Potassium 799mg
Total Carbohydrate 50g
(18%)Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 3g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(70%)Protein 35g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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