Moroccan Chicken and Couscous

From Woman's Day | February 12, 2008

Moroccan Chicken and Couscous

Photo: Anastassios Mentis

  • Nutrition Facts
  • Yield 5 servings
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories 347
  • Total Fat 5g
  • Saturated Fat 1g
  • Cholesterol 45mg
  • Sodium 752mg
  • Total Carbohydrates 58g
  • Dietary Fiber 7g
  • Protein 20g


    • 2 tsp olive oil
    • 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, each cut into 3 pieces
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 1 can (14 1/2 oz) chicken broth
    • 1 can (14 1/2 oz) diced tomatoes with garlic and onion
    • 1 pkg (about 1 lb) cubed fresh butternut squash
    • 1/2 cup raisins
    • 2 tsp ground cumin
    • 1 tsp each ground cinnamon and smoked paprika
    • 1 cup plain couscous
    • 1 cup frozen peas


    1. Heat oil in large deep skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken with salt and cook 5 minutes, turning once, until browned. Add broth, tomatoes, squash, raisins, cumin, cinnamon and paprika. Bring to boil; cover and reduce heat. Simmer 15 minutes or until chicken is tender.

    2. Stir in couscous and peas and bring to a boil. Cover, remove skillet from heat and let stand 5 minutes.

Related Recipes: Entrees, Chicken, Stew/Simmer, Moroccan, Fall, Winter

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Posted by Rosemary

Hwat's couscous?

Couscous is a coarsely ground semolina pasta that is a dietary staple in North African countries. It is also widely used in Middle Eastern countries and has become popular in American dishes. It is made of semolina, flour, salt, and water. Similar to rice in shape, color, and texture, it is used in many dishes as rice would be. A grain of couscous is similar in size to a grain of sugar.

Popular in Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia, couscous is most often served with meat, mostly chicken, lamb or mutton, and vegetables. Each country seasons couscous differently. Moroccans use saffron, which creates a yellow colored dish, and might top couscous with fish and a sauce of raisins and onions. Algerians add tomatoes to their couscous and Tunisians create a spicy dish with harissa sauce, a hot pepper sauce.

Couscous is available in a pre-steamed version in many grocery stores. To prepare this type of dried couscous, pour boiling water or broth over the pasta and then seal the bowl with plastic wrap. After a few minutes, the grain swells and can be fluffed with a fork. When correctly prepared, it has a tender, moist taste and a light, fluffy texture. It is faster to prepare than most types of rice.

In many countries, traditional couscous must be steamed, often in a steamer basket called a kiskis or couscousiera, over a stew of meat and vegetables. It is often served over salmon or chicken dishes. Sweetened with almonds, cinnamon and sugar, or with fruit, it can be a dessert. Another dish combines couscous and buttermilk for a cold soup.

Combined with beans or peas, couscous makes a salad. Salad versions include vegetable salads, chicken or tuna salads with couscous, and southwestern salads. Couscous also refers to many dishes that are prepared from grains or wheat.

A French side dish combines brie cheese, couscous, onion, garlic, olive oil and butter. Another common side dish combines mint and lemon with couscous. A stuffing recipe combines the pasta with raisins and pistachios. Israeli couscous is cooked like pasta and is smaller in size than a pea. The Lebanese version of couscous takes longer to cook; it is soaked in hot water for 30-45 minutes.

Couscous is a low-fat complex carbohydrate, meaning it does not produce rapid spikes in blood sugar. It is often referred to as a grain, but is actually pasta. Like grains, such as rice, couscous tends to take on the flavor of whatever sauce or other ingredients it is prepared with.

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Posted by Terri Potter

Need someone to tell me what couscous is.

I love to cook and would love to go to culinary school and I watch and read alot of recipes with couscous in it, but really don'tknow what couscous is and how to cook it. Can someone please help me with that?

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Posted by maria burris

SOOO gooood!!

i tried this dish today, after being of tired of cooking baked chicken breast amillion wanted a new dish that was tasty, different, and easy to cook...i deff recommend it to anyone who likes trying new dishes out!

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