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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Moroccan Chicken and Butternut Squash Soup

From Cooking Light – Jan/Feb 2012
photo courtesy of Cooking Light


·         1 tablespoon olive oil
·         1 cup chopped onion
·         3 (4-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
·         1 teaspoon ground cumin
·         1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
·         1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
·         3 cups (1/2-inch) cubed peeled butternut squash
·         2 tablespoons no-salt-added tomato paste
·         1/3 cup uncooked couscous
·         3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
·         1 zucchini, quartered lengthwise and sliced into 3/4-inch pieces
·         1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil
·         2 teaspoons grated orange rind


1. Heat a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion, and cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add chicken; cook for 4 minutes, browning on all sides. Add cumin, cinnamon, and pepper to pan; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add butternut squash and tomato paste; cook 1 minute. Stir in Chicken Stock, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 8 minutes. Stir in couscous, salt, and zucchini; cook 5 minutes or until squash is tender. Remove pan from heat. Stir in chopped basil and orange rind.

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