Baked Moroccan Chicken & Couscous

Baked Moroccan Chicken & Couscous


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One of the leanest of all meats, skinless chicken breast is a superlative protein source for the health-conscious. B vitamins are a healthy bonus.

Janet Mitchell

Serves: 4 

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • I teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Salt
  • 4 skinless, bone-in chicken breast halves (250g each)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 cup couscous
  • 1½ cups boiling chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh coriander or parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped dates or raisins
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 lemon, cut into 8 wedges

Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Ready in:55min 

  1. Combine the cumin, ground coriander, ginger, cinnamon, pepper and a pinch of salt in a small bowl. Rub the spice mixture onto the chicken.
  2. Preheat the oven to 190°C. Heat the oil in a large nonstick frying pan over moderate heat. Add the chicken and cook for 3 minutes on each side. Transfer the chicken to a plate.
  3. Add the onion and garlic to the pan and cook for 5 minutes. Add the couscous and boiling stock; stir, cover, remove from the heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Gently stir in the chopped coriander and dates with a fork.
  4. Make 4 mounds of the couscous mixture in a 23 x 33 cm baking dish and place a chicken breast half on each mound. Sprinkle the chicken with lemon juice, cover with foil, then bake for 10 minutes. Uncover and bake for a further 10 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Serve each person a mound of couscous topped with a sliced chicken breast half. Garnish with lemon wedges.

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Reviews (7)


Altered ingredient amounts. I cut up the chicken into bite sizes before mixing with the spices. The chicken came out wonderfully moist and delicious. - 22 Jun 2011


Excellent recipe, easy and delicious. The second time I made this I added toasted pine nuts and parmesan to the couscous and it turned out absolutely divine. - 11 Sep 2014


I was testing this recipe for making at a camp (60 kids) and the spices were perfect and the couscous was very good. I was especially looking for a recipe I could do in the oven and this is perfect. Thank you! - 22 Jun 2011

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