Moroccan Spiced Chicken and Fennel

"I love the spice combinations of classic Moroccan cuisine. When I found this dish in one of my favorite chicken cookbooks I had to try it, as presented this is the recipe with my modifications. The flavors are just amazing and the orange juice and spices complement the fennel and red onion just so. (7 points)"
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  • Combine spices with pepper and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Season chicken to coat both sides.
  • Preheat large nonstick skillet, add olive oil. Cook chicken breasts about 5 minutes each side. Remove chicken and keep warm.
  • Add the fennel and onions to the pan and saute for 7 mnutes or so. The fennel should be tender but not mushy. If the pan appears to be too dry, add a tablespoon of water. Should be enough to moisten without steaming the vegetables.
  • Boil two cups of water with 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Add couscous to water and turn off heat. Cover and let sit for 5 minutes. Fluff the grains before serving.
  • Add juice, broth and the last 1/4 teasppon salt and bring to a boil for about 1 minute. Add constarch mixed in 1 tablespoon of water. Stir until it just begins to thicken, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add chicken and chopped fennel , cook 2 more minutes.
  • Spoon coucous onto plate, with chicken and fennel and onions. Spoon portion of sauce on top.

Questions & Replies

  1. Do you cook the fennel leaves with the bulb and the onion?


  1. Great recipe.....added two cloves of garlic and 1/4 tspn ground cayenne pepper to punch it up. Also, used 1/2 smoked paprica and 1/2 paprica. Fennel (anise in our market) was deliciously crunchy. Kudos!!<br/>Madd Maxx
  2. Oops - I thought I rated this after I first cooked it - it's really good! I did add some garlic and had more fennel than called for, otherwise kept everything about the same. Great mix of flavours in here! I am planning to try making a vegetarian version with chick-peas because I think that would be yummy too (and I'm trying to eat meat only very rarely nowadays.) Thanks for sharing!
  3. Yummy. I used pork, which I sliced before tossing in the spice mix. I also added some Sriracha to the sauce to give it a kick. Served it over quinoa. Thanks for sharing!
  4. Wonderful!
  5. I bought some fennel with no idea what I would make with it. I googled "chicken and fennel" and found this delicious is so tasty! The only thing I did differently was thinly slice the chicken and toss it in the spices before sautéing. I didn't have any couscous, but it was delicious over rice. My husband also loved it. 7 Weight Watchers points plus is correct.


  1. Very tasty! I too added garlic and used 1/2 tsp cayenne and 1/2 tsp smoked paprika. I used chicken thighs and added yams for color and to thicken the sauce without using cornstarch. Cooked quinoa in stock instead of cous cous. I was out of oranges so I used lemon juice and honey. Still delicious!
  2. Nice recipe. I found it a bit confusing because it didn't tell me if I should cut up the chicken (I did). I substituted chicken thighs for the breasts. I didn't have cumin, so will try it again when I have some. Overall result was a meal that we enjoyed.


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