Maftoul With Chicken - Middle Eastern (Israeli Cous Cous)

Recipe by Um Safia
READY IN: 1hr 10mins




  • Fry the spices and onion in a little olive oil. Add the chicken and seal well.
  • Bring 1/2 liter of water to the boil. Place maftoul in large bowl and pour over enough to cover the maftoul. After 10 seconds, drain off water and mix in 1/2 tsp salt before placing maftoul in the steamer.
  • Pour tomatoes over chicken and add salt & pepper to taste. Cover with water (water should come about 2" over the ingredients). At this point you can add a chicken stock cube if you wish. Cover and cook for 45 mins on medium heat.
  • If you have a large couscousier or double steamer you can cook the sauce in the bottom and maftoul in the top which is preferable as the maftoul absorbs the flavours --.
  • Remove the chicken from the sauce and place on a baking sheet in the oven (180 degrees c) for 10 minutes to brown off and dry out.
  • Whilst chicken is in the oven, add the chickpeas to the sauce and cook gently for 10 minutes.
  • Check seasoning. Take 8 bowls, divide the maftoul between them. Pour over some sauce then top with the chicken pieces.