Prep 5 mins
Cook 35 mins
- Peel and trim the vegetables.
- Fry the chicken pieces in half the olive oil until lightly browned.
- Add the sliced onion and the chopped garlic, the tomato purée and enough water just to cover the chicken.
- Season generously and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Add the cooked chick peas, the carrots, cut into batons (lengthwise into quarters), and the tomatoes, cut into 8 pieces each.
- Mix the couscous with its own volume of water and the remaining olive oil.
- Stir it and leave it to swell up for about 15 minutes.
- To cook: place it in a colander or sieve over a pan of boiling water (traditionally its done over the stew but this can be hazardous), steam for 20-25 minutes until swollen and cooked through.
- To serve: stir a knob of butter into the couscous and pile in a ring around a large dish.
- Spoon the chicken and vegetables into the centre of the dish and pass the sauce separately.
- It can have a little chili added to give it extra pungency.
I cooked this meal for my husband, brother-in-law and sister-in-law and it went over really well. My sister-in-law is going to start getting some of the recipes because of serving them this one dish.
Thanks for a very nice recipe that doesn't call for lots of foreign ingredients. I did make a few modifications. I cooked the chicken separately in my pressure cooker then broke into chunks using the liquid as part of the base for the stew. I made the couscous in the stew sans the chicken (was slightly confused by the couscous cooking instructions)and then added the chicken pieces back into the dish just before serving. I also substituted sofrito for the tomato puree.
I made this last night and my husband loved it. My youngin' (9 years old) wasn't real keen on it, but this really isn't a "kid" recipe. I found the directions confusing, they need to be clarified. The recipe didn't state how long to cook for after adding the tomatoes, carrots, chick peas, etc. I simmered for about 30 minutes more after adding those items until dish was at the consistency I wanted. All in all it was a good dish (not amazing but good). The directions just need repairing--might be confusing for someone who can't or doesn't like to adlib with recipes.