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Recipe|| Smoked Paprika and Red Onion Chicken

The biggest expat struggle for me has always been loneliness. Cultural shock, assimilation, politics etc haven’t every really gotten me down. But feeling lonely has bitten me again and again. In fact, loneliness has been shown to be as detrimental to health as smoking, so Sunrise Senior Living reached out to me to help raise awareness about the Don’t Dine Alone Campaign, which educates about the health risks of loneliness and isolation (especially in old age) aka the campaign to end loneliness, I definitely knew that I was going to participate. 

There’s only so much that GPs and health providers can do in the fight against loneliness. It truly is up to friends, family and neighbours to reach out to those in our communities that need help. 

I used Sunrise’s recipe for smoked paprika and red onion chicken, which was brilliant. I especially loved the red wine/onion gravy. Below you can find my recipe for the spicy couscous and sweet potato side that I served it with. If you would also like to raise awareness, search the hashtag #dontdinealone on social media, and I encourage every single one of my readers to reach out to someone they might feel is lonely: a neighbour, a new work colleague, a friend in need and just invite them over for dinner. 

Spicy Couscous and Sweet Potatoes
1475 calories
303 g
0 g
3 g
55 g
1 g
1363 g
2130 g
16 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1475
Calories from Fat 29
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g
Saturated Fat 1g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 2130mg
Total Carbohydrates 303g
Dietary Fiber 28g
Sugars 16g
Protein 55g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 3/4 cups of couscous
  2. 3 cups of chicken broth
  3. 1/2 red onion, sliced
  4. 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  5. 1 tablespoon of chili powder
  6. 1 teaspoon of ground coriander
  7. 1/2 teaspoon of cumin
  8. 2 small sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  9. 1/3 cup of fresh cilantro, chopped
  10. salt and pepper
  1. Add 1 1/2 cups of your chicken broth and spices to a large pot. Bring it to a boil. Add in your sweet potatoes and onion. Cook until the sweet potato is tender.
  2. Strain out the onions and sweet potato, and set them aside, whist keeping your spicy broth. Add your remaining chicken broth to the spicy broth, bring it up to a rolling boil and then add in your couscous. Cover and remove from the heat. Let it stand for 5 minutes before taking off the lid and fluffing the couscous with a fork. All of the broth should have be absorbed.
  3. Mix the couscous, onions and sweet potatoes together in a large bowl. Salt and pepper to taste. Top with your fresh cilantro.
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Who might you be able to reach out to?

*Sunrise living provided me with a voucher for my groceries, but my thoughts and opinions on the campaign are completely my own. I think it’s a great cause and one I think everyone should get involved with.

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  • Yum! I love smoked paprika, and a tasty chicken dish is always so useful to have up your sleeve. xxx

  • You’re right about the loneliness thing, so scary when you first move to London. But then, having too many friends scares me too, and can sometimes be just as lonely. Chicken is good for this. Coz you can talk to the chicken if you need to and then just eat it when your other friends show up. XD

  • This sounds delicious! And I agree with you, loneliness has definitely been the main thing I have struggled with as an expat. A dinner with friends is always a good way to cheer up:)

    • And I’m lucky enough that I do have people that can reach out to me and cheer me up. I think that’s one of the things that’s so good about this campaign – hopefully it will raise awareness for some of the people that don’t have that luxury. x

  • I can totally relate to the loneliness, I felt that a lot in Germany. I’m not sure if that ever really goes away properly when you are away from your loved ones, but I am sure over a long enough time line it does ease off.

    This dish sounds amazing!

    • Having been in England for 5 years now, you’d think it goes away entirely but it doesn’t. Sometimes I’ll go weeks and then all the sudden loneliness pounces! x

  • What a mouthwatering recipe to help ward off loneliness – a perfect sharing meal if I ever saw one!

  • Looks really delicious 🙂 I definitely have the same expat struggles with loneliness sometimes… it hit me particularly hard yesterday but I think the main thing is to remember to get outside my head… just going out “into the world” helps a little bit but it’s hard for me to reach out most of the time.

    • I totally second “going out into the world” as something that’s really helpful to of then you’re feeling lonely. Especially since your gut reaction is to withdraw in those circumstances (at least mine is). x

  • <3 <3 <3 Love this. xxxx

  • Aw, yeah.. I see the loneliness in a lot of our elderly customers at work. I had one lady that is away in Victoria because of health issues. She lives alone in a huge house on the ocean here in town. She had us ship her meds to her and on the phone she said, “it’s just really nice to hear your voice Haley..” It was a shock that I could bring her that kind of comfort. Also kind of sad too.

    Food looks great.

    • I think people forget how easy it is to get left behind/become really lonely. I bet she looks forward to speaking to you! I find it all so heartbreaking! x

  • This looks so delicious! I am just about to cook dinner but now all I want is this! Ty and I love couscous so I’m definitely keen to give this recipe a whirl. And the paprika and red onion chicken looks so good. Definitely trying this recipe this week! Bookmarked! xx

    P.S. I see a lot of loneliness in the elderly people I see in the hospital. It really makes me sad. I see it in my Pop too, ever since my Nan passed – he always says he’s not lonely but you can just tell. x

    • I think across the board people don’t want to admit that they are lonely, especially the elderly, which exacerbates the problem and makes them more susceptible to loneliness. It’s heartbreaking really! x