Couscous With Chicken and Chickpeas

Recipe by Stephanie Z.
READY IN: 45mins




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