Moroccan chicken couscous with dates

Moroccan chicken couscous with dates

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 25 mins

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Serves 4

Wholewheat grains keep you fuller for longer - flavour with dates, lemon, cumin and cinnamon

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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 500g skinless chicken thighs
  • 140g wholewheat couscous
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, sliced
  • zest 2 lemons, juice of 1
  • 350ml chicken stock
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 6 large dates, pitted and chopped (Medjool are nice)
  • 50g flaked almonds
  • small bunch parsley, chopped

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  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/ gas 4. Heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a large frying pan over a high heat. Season the chicken, then cook for 10 mins or until browned on both sides. Remove and put in a large baking dish with the dry couscous.
  2. Heat the remaining oil in the pan, add the onions and garlic, and cook for 5 mins until softened. Add the zest and juice of 1 lemon along with the stock, cumin, cinnamon and dates, then bring to the boil.
  3. Pour the date mixture over the chicken and couscous, sprinkle over the almonds, cover with foil and bake for 20 mins. Serve sprinkled with the remaining zest and parsley.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, February 2013

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gbswales's picture

I made this to use some dates that a friend brought back from Morocco and have to say it tasted good.
As another person suggested the quantity of liquid needed to be increased - I used 450ml but I reckon 500 would have been even better. It may depend on the brand of couscous as I used standard stuff because sainsburys didn't have wholemeal

dardo's picture

Didnt work so well for me. The couscous was lovely and the chicken flavour nice but too chewy

dardo's picture

Added a bit more stock than it said and couscous came out lovely. Thought the chicken thighs were a bit chewy

jweg1210's picture
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Couldn't find wholewheat couscous anywhere (don't tell me, I should have tried Waitrose! ). This cooked beautifully, and tasted nice, but its very dry - I would have liked a thin carrot tagine/stew to go with it.

huguesk's picture
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Really easy to make followed it to the letter. My wife and I will be making it again.

helenbee21's picture
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Delicious but needed double the liquid to make the couscous rehydrate.



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