Garlicky chicken kebabs with fennel-spiced couscous

SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
21 min
6 min
15 min
Cook the couscous in a mixture of chicken broth and lime to add a zesty flavor to this dish. Couscous is a grain-like ingredient that's similar to pasta and one of the easiest dishes that you can make. Then season chicken with oil, garlic and fennel seeds before grilling. Be sure to cut the chicken into equal-sized pieces so that they will cook evenly. Add these vegetables to the couscous after it is fluffed: halved cherry tomatoes, steamed diced zucchini, steamed broccoli florets, or chopped roasted bell pepper.


Reduced-sodium chicken broth

1 cup(s)

Unsweetened lime juice

1 Tbsp

Uncooked whole wheat couscous

1 cup(s)


2 Tbsp, fresh, chopped

Lime zest

2 tsp, grated

Uncooked boneless skinless chicken breast(s)

1½ pound(s), cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks

Garlic clove(s)

3 medium clove(s), minced

Fennel seeds

1½ Tbsp, crushed

Olive oil

2 tsp

Table salt

½ tsp


  1. Spray the broiler rack with nonstick spray and preheat the broiler.
  2. Bring the broth and lime juice to a boil in a medium saucepan; add the couscous, cilantro, and lime zest. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Let stand, covered, 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork; keep warm.
  3. Combine the remaining ingredients in a medium bowl and toss to coat the chicken evenly. Thread the chicken on 4 (10- to 12-inch) metal skewers (if using wooden skewers, soak in water 30 minutes) dividing it evenly. Place the skewers on the broiler rack and broil 5 inches from the heat, turning occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through, about 8 minutes. Serve with the couscous. Yields 1 kebab and 3/4 cup couscous per serving.