Moroccan chicken couscous with dates

Moroccan chicken couscous with dates

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(13 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 4
Wholewheat grains keep you fuller for longer - flavour with dates, lemon, cumin and cinnamon

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal534
  • fat18g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs55g
  • sugars23g
  • fibre9g
  • protein40g
  • salt0.5g


  • 2 tbsp 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…

  • 500g skinless chicken thigh
  • 140g wholewheat couscous



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

  • 2 onions, sliced



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

  • 4 garlic cloves, sliced
  • zest 2 lemons, juice of 1



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 350ml chicken stock
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 6 large dates, pitted and chopped (Medjool are nice)



    Dates are one of the oldest cultivated fruits - it's thought that they were a staple part of…

  • 50g flaked almond
  • small bunch parsley, chopped



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…


  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.

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sharon127's picture
15th May, 2020
I cooked this in a slow cooker on high for 4 1/2 hours and it was delicious. I cooked the couscous separately at the end as I was worried about it soaking up too many juices in the slow cooker. Lovely combination of flavours, will definitely make again.
27th Sep, 2019
Followed this to the letter, except for adding a little more water for the cous cous. We all thought this was very bland and so we removed the onions and fed the rest to the dogs. Disappointing.
5th Jun, 2019
A bit lacking in flavour, I used harissa and the flavour was a lot more authentic. The chicken definitely needed a good bit longer, more like 30-40 mins
maggiebleksley's picture
17th Dec, 2015
I made the stock up to 500ml as others advised and the couscous was fine, but I had to turn the oven up and cook the chicken for a bit longer, without the foil, as it seemed a little underdone. I kept the couscous warm until the chicken was thoroughly cooked, as I didn't want that to overcook and dry out. Next time, I will cook the chicken for longer before putting it in with the couscous.
2nd Dec, 2015
Used 500ml stock and kept the skin on the chicken. You can remove it at the end if you want but it kept the chicken moist. Just served with a green salad. lovely
29th Oct, 2014
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
13th Feb, 2014
Didnt work so well for me. The couscous was lovely and the chicken flavour nice but too chewy
10th Feb, 2014
Added a bit more stock than it said and couscous came out lovely. Thought the chicken thighs were a bit chewy
9th May, 2013
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.
5th Mar, 2013
Really easy to make followed it to the letter. My wife and I will be making it again.


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