Moroccan turkey meatballs with citrus couscous

Moroccan turkey meatballs with citrus couscous

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(35 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4
Lighter than pasta and packed with protein - these meatballs make for a satisfying and superhealthy supper

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freeze meatballs only
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal348
  • fat6g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs41g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre1g
  • protein36g
  • salt0.45g
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  • 500g pack turkey mince
  • 2 tsp each chilli powder, ground cumin and ground coriander
  • 1 tsp cinnamon



    A fragrant spice which comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree. When dried, it curls into…

  • 1 onion, coarsely grated



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • zest 1 orange, then peeled and orange segments chopped



    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

  • 250g couscous



    Consisting of many tiny granules made from steamed and dried durum wheat, couscous has become a…

  • 250ml hot chicken stock
  • 2 tsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • small bunch coriander, roughly chopped


  1. In a big bowl, mix the mince, spices, onion and orange zest together really well with your hands. Roll the mixture into about 20 walnut-sized meatballs.

  2. Put the couscous in a bowl, pour over the hot chicken stock, cover with cling film and leave to stand for 10 mins.

  3. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan. add the meatballs and fry, turning often, for about 12 mins until browned all over and cooked through.

  4. Fluff the couscous up with a fork, stir in the chopped orange, coriander and some seasoning. Pile onto plates and serve with the meatballs.

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14th Sep, 2017
Agree with most comments that it comes out too dry, and frying the meatballs in the pan simply did not work for me, but I really liked the combination of flavours. Will make again using olive oil and more water for the cous cous, seasoning and cooking the meatballs in an oven, and being very careful with the orange flavour.
5th Jan, 2017
This was a complete waste of food. The amount of meat made either more meatballs at walnut size, or the same number of larger meatballs which took mich longer to cook. A lot of oil was needed as Turkey is quite a dry meat and it took a while to cook them. The orange zest and chilli flavourings were too busy and conflicting. I didn't put the Orange in the cous cous, but considering the reaction to the zest this seemed like a good move. I only realised near the end of cooking that this meal is low on veg which was the final shame. Overall verdict: poor flavour combination, poor textures throughout the meal, and we all hated it. I suggested feeding it to the foxes, but we decided it was too bad even for that. I refuse to believe that this is because of my culinary skills.
17th Jun, 2016
This was so bland and dry, I will not be making it again!
8th Apr, 2016
I added courgette and an egg to the meatball mix so they would not be dry, but it didn't work very well. The spice combination is lovely, but turkey is a very dry meat and couscous can be quite dry too, so I served the meatballs with a lemony couscous and with a rich tomato sauce. It worked quite well.
30th Oct, 2015
Interesting flavours, nothing like i've tasted before but enjoyable. Couscous worked great with the orange and the meatballs were full of flavour. Turkey took much longer to cook however and they had a slightly odd texture. Overall a good recipe to try for something new.
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21st Jul, 2015
Unfortunately found this very dry and quite bland.
4th Sep, 2014
A really tasty recipe, and as other commenters have shown, really easy to adapt if there's something else you want to throw in or substitute. We do something similar in our low calorie food plans.
8th May, 2014
Really tasty, I loved the couscous with the oranges in. The meatballs were delicious! I had mine with raita, which went really well with the dish. This has become a tea time staple
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10th Mar, 2014
What can I say, this was absolutely terrible! The meatballs were fine, had some amazing flavour to them with a hint of orange, but the dish was then spoiled by the texture and taste of chicken stock flavoured couscous, yeuck! The orange segments didn't do anything for the couscous.
16th Jul, 2013
Fairly good recipe, the couscous worked well. The meatballs were rather dry (I did make them rather large though). Used the same recipe but added a grated apple to make turkey burgers and it worked great that time. I'd add something in to the turkey to stop it drying out.


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