Couscous is a popular small grain made of semolina. Its origin is Northern African but it has spread across Europe, Asia and North America as a light and delicious alternative to pasta and rice. Couscous grains are delicate requires only lightly steaming.
Its light taste and texture pairs wonderfully with chicken. Chicken with couscous is a quick and easy dinner that is delicious, creamy, and flavorful. But why do we love chicken so much?
We love chicken because of its well-earned reputation as a good source of protein. And we know that when we consume the right amount of protein per day (about 7 grams of protein for every 20 pounds of body weight), it can help us build muscle and maintain a healthy weight!
The benefits of eating chicken
Many people include chicken regularly in their diet because it is an excellent low-fat food that can be prepared in a variety of ways and that fits into many different cuisines. A chicken breast is relatively low in saturated fat compared to many protein alternatives, especially when the skin is removed. However, it is still filled with proteins, which are the building blocks of muscles.
In addition to proteins, chicken is also rich in vitamins. By eating chicken, you get, among other things, the important B vitamins that strengthen the immune system, improve the nervous system and generally give more energy in everyday life.
Chicken meat also produces a good shot of vitamin D, B6, B3 and vitamin A. But the benefits don’t stop there. Chicken is rich in iron, which helps the red blood cells deliver oxygen to the cells, phosphorus, which contributes to strong teeth and a healthy brain, and selenium, which plays an important role in the cell’s defense against diseases such as cancer.
You can see that chicken has many health benefits. Along with couscous’ nutritional qualities, chicken makes for a quick and easy meal when you’re crunched for time. It is also perfect for people who count calories or want a filling meal without feeling bloated afterwards.
How to make couscous more flavourful with chicken?
Preparing couscous with water works just fine but using chicken broth gives it a richer, more-flavorful taste. Chicken broth is even tastier if you use a variety of herbs, spices and even pine nuts to bring out the flavour. But using chicken broth is just the beginning. You can pair couscous with chicken and have a hearty, filling meal that is good for you.
What makes chicken and couscous such a good combination?
Couscous is soft, slightly sticky with a light texture. It has a slightly sweet flavor but when seasoned can be salty, spicy or neutral. And chicken is not a strong-flavoured meat but rather versatile in how it can be prepared and served.
Eating your way to health with couscous & chicken
If you are searching for a nutritious, healthy, filling and fat-burning diet, chicken and couscous can be one of the best combinations. To ensure the most beneficial outcome, organic chicken and whole wheat couscous are the best ingredients, because both ingredients are relatively low in calorie content, and have various health benefits.
Making room in your diet for chicken and couscous gives a good mix of carbs to build up your muscles right after a workout, with a ton of protein to start the muscle building process as well.
In the brand’s pursuit of constantly trying to bring you healthy foods, it has debuted a new line of Crispycous products so people can enjoy fried foods and still maintain a healthy diet. One way to integrate fried foods into a healthy balanced diet is with this delicious recipe for Breaded chicken with pumpkin and chickpeas couscous.
If you’re interested in what other delights can emerge from the fryer, there are many more recipes for Martino’s couscous on our site.