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 Couscous
- 1 medium organic, free range chicken, quartered (you will be left with two breasts, two wings, and two leg/thighs. The remaining bones and trimmings can be used for stock)
- 1 BPA-free can of diced tomatoes
- 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 organic chicken broth
- Optional: ½ cup pitted green olives
- 2 cups of couscous
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 tbsp. cumin
- 2 tsp. paprika
- ½ tsp. turmeric
- Salt and pepper to taste
*Use organic ingredients whenever possible
- Place a large skillet over medium – high heat.
- While the skillet is heating, apply 1-2 tsp of olive oil onto chicken pieces, distributing evenly. Season thoroughly with salt and pepper.
- Once the skillet is heated, add the remaining olive oil and coat the pan.
- 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.
- Remove the chicken from the heat and add to a plate.
- Add onions, zucchini and peppers to the pan and saute until softened. Add the cumin, paprika, and turmeric and cook until fragrant.
- Add your can of tomatoes to the pan and chicken broth and place your chicken back into the pan as well.
- Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Then uncover for 10 minutes longer or until chicken is cooked all the way through.
- While the chicken is cooking, prepare couscous to package directions
- 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.
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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