Couscous With Chicken and Chickpeas

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins

From Food and Wine magazine, posted for ZWT3. I haven't tried this yet... "Served on a mound of couscous, with plenty of steaming broth poured over the top, the hearty Moroccan-inspired stew is a flavorful combination of chicken, chickpeas, vegetables, and spices."

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large deep frying pan or Dutch oven, heat the oil over moderately high heat.
  2. Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper. Put the chicken in the pan and brown well, about 8 minutes in all.
  3. Remove. Pour off all but 1 tbsp of the fat. Reduce heat to moderately low.
  4. Add the onion and turnip and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes.
  5. Stir in the tomato paste, paprika, cumin, cayenne, and 2 1/4 tsp of the salt. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
  6. Stir in 4 cups of the water and the carrots.
  7. Add in the chicken and bring to a simmer.
  8. Cover and cook, stirring the mixture two or three times, until the chicken and vegetables are almost done, about 20 minutes.
  9. Stir in the chickpeas and parsley and simmer until the chicken and vegetables are done, about 5 minutes longer.
  10. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, bring the remaining 2 cups of water to a boil. Add the remaining 1/4 tsp salt and couscous.
  11. Cover. Remove the pot from the heat and let the couscous stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
  12. Serve the stew with its broth over the couscous.


Most Helpful

I made this tonight for dinner. I used chicken broth instead of water. Also I had boiled 5 pounds of frozen skinless/boneless chicken breasts and cubed it. I used about 8 ounces of this cooked, cubed chicken to make the recipe and just added it with the veggies later in the recipe. I didn't have a turnip, so used two potatoes. It was delicious

connieseckart September 10, 2009

I made this a fortnight ago with all the set ingrediants. It was yummy. I would use chicken without bone coz it fell off the bone any ways, so i was watching out for bone instead of thouraghly enjoying the meal. The only other thing is i did different was chickpeas not from a can and they were really hard and ruined the meal for me. We did try boiling them before hand but it did not work out. This was the first time i had eaten couscous, mmm i am in love! =]

Aleigha Nicole June 29, 2009

4 3/4 stars!!! It's that good! DH and I liked this one a lot. I used a whole chicken, potato instead of turnip as thats what I had, and some fresh mushrooms. I left out the cayenne out of preference and added 3/4 tsp. Recipe #79179 I served it atop rice cooked in some of the juices and extra chicken stock to keep it wheat free. The rice was really delicious cooked that way. I sprinkled a little chopped parsley on the top for presentation. This was a GOOD meal I would make again.

UmmBinat March 14, 2009

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