Chicken and Pistachio Stew

    1 hour 45 minutes

    This is a beautiful chicken stew with Moroccan flavours including pistachios, cumin, ginger, paprika and sultanas. It goes well with couscous.

    8 people made this

    Serves: 6 

    • 5 or 6 chicken breasts (about 1 to 1 1/2 kg), cut into large cubes
    • 1/4 cup (65ml) olive oil
    • 2 onions, minced
    • 3 garlic cloves, minced
    • 3 cups (750ml) chicken stock
    • 3 small lemons, dehydrated, optional
    • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
    • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
    • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
    • 1 teaspoon ground paprika
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • 1 pinch pepper, to taste
    • 100g sultanas
    • 150g shelled pistachios
    • 50g coriander, leaves only
    • 300g couscous
    • 3 tablespoons mint, diced

    Preparation:1hour  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hour45min 

    1. In a saucepan sauté the diced chicken in the olive oil until lightly browned. Remove from the saucepan.
    2. Add the onions and garlic to the saucepan with more olive oil if necessary; cook until onions are translucent.
    3. Return chicken to the saucepan with the onions then add chicken stock, lemons (if desired), cumin, ginger, cinnamon, turmeric, paprika, salt and pepper. Simmer over low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    4. Stir in the sultanas, pistachios and coriander (save some leaves to garnish) then simmer for 15 more minutes.
    5. Meanwhile prepare the couscous. Add the couscous into a bowl, boil 500ml of water and pour over the couscous. Cover and set aside until there is no more water. Use a fork to stir and separate the grains. Sprinkle with a tablespoon of olive oil, diced mint, salt and pepper. Mix well.
    6. Serve the stew over the couscous and garnish with a few coriander leaves.

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    I made this and used stock cubes and it was ok, I served this last night and used real chicken stock and it made so much difference, everyone enjoyed it.  -  20 Nov 2011  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)


    Tried this out and loved it. Had no turmeric so missed that but was delicious. Many thanks for posting it.  -  07 May 2012  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)


    Great flavoursome recipe enjoyed by the whole family. Easy to prepare ahead as reheating even the next day only improves the flavour. No tweaking required!  -  10 Nov 2010  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)