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Moroccan Chicken with Couscous

I really enjoy Moroccan food. The flavors, the spices, the ingredients – always so vibrant and never boring!

This is my adaptation of a Moroccan Chicken dish with Couscous. So while it may not be 100% traditional, it is extremely delicious 🙂

This recipe uses 1 medium organic, free-range chicken. Chicken is a great source of protein, selenium, vitamin B6 and phosphorous. As you may know, your bones are made up of about 50% protein and for your bones to repair, they require a steady stream of amino acids (the building blocks of body proteins). In fact, for stronger bones, higher protein intake is the missing link in most osteoporotic women, click here for more.

One of my favorite additions (which I have noted as optional in this recipe) are the green olives. These are very often used in Mediterranean cooking and add a different element to this dish.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! Let me know in the comments below.

Moroccan Chicken with parsley and lemon

Moroccan Chicken with Couscous

Great source of protein, selenium, vitamin B6 and phosphorous.

Course Main Course
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Calories 3431 kcal


  • 1 medium free range chicken quartered (you will be left with two breasts, two wings, and two leg/thighs.)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes BPA-free
  • 1 small yellow onion sliced
  • 1 bunch fresh parsley or cilantro chopped
  • 1 lemon sliced into 4 wedges
  • 1 zucchini chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 cup chicken broth organic
  • 2 cups couscous
  • 1 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • 1/2 cup green olives pitted
Nutrition Facts
Moroccan Chicken with Couscous
Amount Per Serving
Calories 3431 Calories from Fat 1314
% Daily Value*
Fat 146g225%
Saturated Fat 37g231%
Cholesterol 571mg190%
Sodium 2590mg113%
Potassium 4516mg129%
Carbohydrates 327g109%
Fiber 36g150%
Sugar 26g29%
Protein 199g398%
Vitamin A 13075IU262%
Vitamin C 392.1mg475%
Calcium 564mg56%
Iron 26.2mg146%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  1. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. While the skillet is heating, apply 1-2 tsp of olive oil onto chicken pieces, distributing evenly. Season thoroughly with salt and pepper.
  3. Once the skillet is heated, add the remaining olive oil and coat the pan.
  4. Add the chicken skin down to the pan and cook for 7 minutes, or until browned. Then turn over for an additional 6-7 minutes.
  5. Remove the chicken from the heat and add to a plate.
  6. Add onions, zucchini, and peppers to the pan and saute until softened. Add the cumin, paprika, and turmeric and cook until fragrant.
  7. Add your can of tomatoes to the pan and chicken broth and place your chicken back into the pan as well.
  8. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Then uncover for 10 minutes longer or until chicken is cooked all the way through.
  9. While the chicken is cooking, prepare couscous to package directions.
  10. Once couscous and chicken are ready, scoop couscous onto plates and place chicken and its veggies on top. Garnish with additional fresh chopped parsley or cilantro and add the lemon wedges. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

The remaining chicken bones and trimmings can be used for stock.

For those of you following a vegetarian or vegan diet. You can simply swap out the chicken for a head of cauliflower and the chicken broth for vegetable broth.

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Author: Monica Straith, BS

Monica is the PR and Outreach Manager and Fitness Lead at AlgaeCal. She’s an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Specialist, and has a B.S. and B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she played varsity soccer for four years. Monica pulls from her experience in athletics and health to contribute to AlgaeCal and has also been featured on myfitnesspal blog, Prevention, and Huffington Post.