Doing the Hokey-Pokey Boogie-Woogie

There is linguistic phenomenon called reduplication. Not to be confused with the actions in the Michael Keaton film Duplicity, reduplication is where the root form of the word is repeated either in whole or similarly. This phenomenon exists in languages around the world and is actually not as common in the english language.

Many of the exact duplications in english are relegated to “baby talk”, such as “night-night” but you could argue “bye-bye” is used widely. Other forms where there are changes include rhyming (“hokey-pokey” and “boogie-woogie”) and a type called ablaut reduplications such as “chit-chat” and “knick-knack”. One word, couscous, I was sure would fall into reduplication. Unfortunately it isn’t. Just an anglicized translation. Oh well…

I don’t do much cooking with couscous. Admittedly, there is a strange collection of items in the salad, but it works. It really works with the orange chicken.

Dried cherries, cucumber, couscous and orange marmalade? Yup.

Making the orange sauce.

Frying up the chicken.

Cooking the couscous.

Making the rest of the salad.

Spicy Orange Chicken With Cucumber Couscous

Prep Time: 20m | Cook Time: 25m | Makes: 4


  • 1 cup couscous
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 6-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1/2 English cucumber, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped dried cherries
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup orange marmalade
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper


1. Cook the couscous according to the package directions. Spread on a plate and let cool.

2. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Season the chicken with ¼ teaspoon each salt and black pepper and cook until cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes per side.

3. Transfer the couscous to a medium bowl and gently toss with the cucumber, cherries, parsley, vinegar, 2 tablespoons of the remaining oil, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and black pepper.

4. In a small bowl, whisk together the marmalade, orange juice, crushed red pepper, the remaining tablespoon of oil, and ¼ teaspoon salt. Serve the chicken with the couscous salad and drizzle with the marmalade sauce.

Nutritional Info:

Calories 559 Fat 18g Sat Fat 3g Cholesterol 94mg Sodium 451mg Protein 42g Carbohydrate 57g Sugar 19g Fiber 3g Iron 3mg Calcium 49mg


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Categories: Chicken, Fruit, kosher, Low Carb, Pasta, Recipes

Author:The Ranting Chef

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One Comment on “Doing the Hokey-Pokey Boogie-Woogie”

  1. June 26, 2013 at 2:28 am #

    thumbs up for talking about reduplication, yay linguistics!!


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