Chicken and Couscous Stew

    Chicken and Couscous Stew


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    This Middle Eastern chicken dish can be spiced up or toned down according to preference. The sausages are optional.

    Serves: 6 

    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 kg small chicken thighs
    • 375g spicy Italian sausage
    • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
    • 2 onions, minced
    • 2 carrots, peeled and cut into 1cm rounds
    • 1/2 stalk celery, cut into 1cm pieces
    • 1 parsnip or turnip - peeled and cut into 2cm cubes
    • 1/2 green capsicum, cut into strips
    • 1/2 red capsicum, cut into strips
    • 1 (400g) can diced tomatoes
    • 1 (400g) can chickpeas
    • 2 cups chicken stock
    • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
    • 1 teaspoon turmeric
    • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon harissa, or to taste
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 2 zucchini, halved lengthwise and sliced into 2cm pieces
    • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • 2 cups couscous
    • 2 cups chicken stock
    • 1/2 cup plain yoghurt (to serve)

    Preparation:45min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hour30min 

    1. Heat olive oil in a large frypan over medium-high heat. Add chicken thighs, skin-side down, and sear until golden brown on both sides; set aside. Reduce heat to medium, add sausage, and cook sausage until no longer pink; set aside.
    2. Stir garlic and onions into frypan; cook until onions have softened and turned translucent. Stir in the carrots, celery, parsnip, capsicums, diced tomatoes, chickpeas, and 2 cups chicken stock. Season with thyme, turmeric, cayenne, harissa, and bay leaf. Cut sausage into 2cm pieces, and add to frypan along with chicken. Cover, and simmer for 30 minutes until chicken is no longer pink. When the chicken is done, stir in the zucchini, and cook until tender, about 5 minutes.
    3. While the chicken is cooking, mix 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) into couscous in a heatproof bowl. Bring 2 cups of chicken stock to a boil and stir into the couscous, cover, and keep hot.
    4. Serve chicken stew over the couscous with a dollop of yoghurt.

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