Paella — Spain's most well known rice dish — is not necessarily a great option for a quick and simple dinner. However, using couscous instead of rice cuts the cook time in half without reducing the flavor or integrity of the dish. There is a lot of chopping and sautéing in the traditional version, but this couscous variation comes together rapidly with minimal chopping. Smoky kielbasa provides heat, and cherry tomatoes add freshness.
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1 can (14 1/2 ounces) chicken broth Serves 4.
1 package (10-ounce or 1 1/2 cups) couscous
1 package (10-ounce) frozen peas
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 red or green pepper, diced
2 ounces low-fat kielbasa (smoked Polish sausage), sliced
12 ounces skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 clove garlic, crushed with garlic press
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, each cut in half
1 can (14 1/2 ounces) chicken broth