Jamaican Chicken with Couscous

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


6 servings

Updated: Sep. 30, 2022
“Fantabulous” is a word I reserve for fantastic dishes like this jerk-seasoned chicken. It’s a mouth full of yum. —Joni Hilton, Rocklin, California
Jamaican Chicken with Couscous Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 can (20 ounces) unsweetened pineapple tidbits, undrained
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 cup uncooked whole wheat couscous
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch-thick strips
  • 2 teaspoons Caribbean jerk seasoning
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • Additional minced fresh cilantro, optional


  1. In a large saucepan, combine pineapple and 1/2 teaspoon salt; bring to a boil. Stir in couscous. Remove from heat; let stand, covered, 5 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Fluff with a fork.
  2. Meanwhile, in a shallow bowl, mix flour and 2 tablespoons cilantro. Toss chicken with jerk seasoning and remaining salt. Add to flour mixture, a few pieces at a time, and toss to coat lightly; shake off any excess.
  3. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil. Add a third of the chicken; cook 1-2 minutes on each side or until no longer pink. Repeat twice with remaining oil and chicken. Serve with couscous. If desired, sprinkle with cilantro.

Nutrition Facts

3 ounces cooked chicken with 2/3 cup couscous mixture: 374 calories, 10g fat (2g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 542mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 5g fiber), 29g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 starch, 3 lean meat, 1 fat.