Baked Moroccan Chicken & Couscous

    55 minutes

    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.

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    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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    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