Middle Eastern Chicken With Moghrabieh Couscous

"I bought some giant cous cous - Moghrabieh - and wasn't sure what to do with it. Moghrabieh is also known as Lebanese, Israeli and Giant Couscous. After looking for some recipes, I decided to throw caution to the wind and create my own dish based on what I'd read and what I like. The result was delicous, so thought I'd better write it down before I forget it. The Moghrabieh is like small round balls of pasta, rather than a grain, and so I cooked it like pasta."
photo by a food.com user photo by a food.com user
Ready In:
2 serves




  • Using spray oil or the olive oil, coat a heavy based casserole dish or pot and place on cook top.
  • When the oil is hot, add the chick drumsticks and cook for about 5 mins so that the chicken is turning a golden brown.
  • Add the onion, and continue cooking unitl the onion is translucent - about 5 minutes If either onion or chicken starts to burn, reduce the heat.
  • Add the fennel seeds, cumin and corriander and cook another minute.
  • Add the chicken stock and increase the heta if needed, so that the stock reaches boiling point, then turn down and simmer gently for 30 minutes.
  • While the chicken is cooking, add the Moghrabieh to a pot of boiling water and cook for about 15 minutes or until the Moghrabieh is cooked but not mushy. Drain and set aside.
  • After 30 minutes, add the tomato to the chicken and cook a further 15 minutes. If needed increase the cooking time if the chicken is not yet 'falling off the bone'.
  • Remove the chicken from the pot and remove chicken from the bone.
  • If the mixture is too watery at this stage, turn up the heat so that the remaining liquid reduces and thickens.
  • Return the chicken to the sauce once the right consistency has been achieved.
  • To serve, add the Moghrabieh to bowls and top with the chicken mixture.

Questions & Replies

Got a question? Share it with the community!


Have any thoughts about this recipe? Share it with the community!


<img src="http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j166/ZaarNicksMom/PACsticker-Adopted.jpg"> I love entertaining at home and having friends and family over for a meal is one of my favourite ways to catch up. I'm a working mother of one, so I'm often looking for things that taste and look fantastic - but are simple to prepare. Gone are the days when I'd spend all day assembling a meal for the night's dinner party! My husband loves to eat - and occassionally bbqs - and I'm hoping that one day the palate of my discerning 6 yr old daughter will enjoy both the outputs and endeavours of my kitchen. I'm always to looking for new ideas and inspirations. I also love to pass on my successful recipes to others. I frequently create or adapt dishes that I've seen, read or tasted someweere. I'm also conscious of my family's health, so am always keen to explore how I can reduce the fat content but keep things tasting delicious.
View Full Profile

Find More Recipes