Spicy Couscous

Total Time:
20 min
5 min
5 min
10 min

4 servings

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (10-ounce) box couscous
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Saute garlic with red pepper flakes for 2 minutes being careful not to burn garlic. Add the chicken broth, turn up heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Stir in couscous, cover and remove from the heat. Let stand 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and fluff with fork. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve.

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    I like how the basic recipe can be modified by adding spices such as cumin and paprika. Thanks
    My husband is doing cancer treatments so we don't eat out for fear of the germs that could be at restaurants. The radiation on his face has also burned his throat so I had to back off on the heat. Instead I added a little cumin and smoky paprika along with the hot peppers to total the teaspoon of spice. My 10 year old couldn't get enough of the pita sandwiches with the meat, couscous, and cucumbers in them.

    Don't pay any attention to that first review - I used her whole dinner plan and it was all good - the three of us have eaten 2 meals off of this and there's plenty for another meal. With the changes from one meal to another none of us are tired of it, either. No alcohol used in the meal at all!
    I've made this dish before and my husband loves couscous any way it is
    prepared. This one is delicious and I appreciate Sandra!! So, Kamelia should
    watch HGTV!!
    Though I make most of my meals from scratch, I really appreciate Sandra Lee's recipes and tips. She has never claimed to be a chef, and what she brings to the table, although not everyone's cup of tea, is refreshing and easy for nearly anyone to do. And that is important for many young, inexperienced cooks.

    I have tried this recipe using couscous from my health food store and homemade chicken stock, and it is wonderful.

    If you don't like her use of convenience foods, then by all means, don't watch her!
    I personally haven't found any of the Food Network cooks/chefs I couldn't learn something new from...and I have been cooking for nearly 40 years!!!
    If you don't like Sandra Lee, don't watch her and certainly do not check FN for her recipes...unless, of course, you have nothing better to do with your time.

    Giving a one star rating to a recipe you have not tested is hurtful to no one other than your fellow home cook who may want to introduce his/her family to something different, such as couscous, which is something many home cooks may not try otherwise.

    If you have a 'beef' (Pun fully intended) with Ms. Lee, write her, or Food Network, directly, but don't 'steer' (Again, pun intended) other men and women away from a recipe as innocuous as couscous cooked in chicken broth - both of which are, in fact, quite inexpensive and healthy.
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