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    Harissa chicken with chickpeas and couscous

    This easy chicken stew recipe is ready in under an hour, making it perfect for a midweek meal. Harissa paste is a blend of Middle Eastern spices and is a handy shortcut ingredient, adding a kick to anything you put it with.

    • Preparation time: 15 minutes
    • Cooking time: 40 minutes
    • Total time: 55 minutes

    Serves: 4


    3 tbsp olive oil
    1 large onion, halved and finely sliced
    3 garlic cloves, crushed
    95g jar Cooks’ Ingredients Harissa Paste
    400g can Cirio Polpa Chopped Tomatoes
    8 British chicken thighs, trimmed of excess fat
    200g wholewheat couscous
    400g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
    1 tsp cumin seeds
    1 lemon, zest and juice
    ½ x 25g pack flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
    10 mint leaves, finely shredded 


    1. Preheat the oven to 200˚C, gas mark 6. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large casserole or ovenproof frying pan. Fry the onion and garlic over a medium heat for 3-4 minutes to soften, then add the harissa paste and fry for another minute. Stir in the tomatoes, then arrange the chicken, skin-side up, on top. Season and transfer to the oven for 35 minutes. Ensure the chicken is cooked thoroughly so the juices run clear and there is no pink meat.

    2. Meanwhile, put the couscous in a mixing bowl with 300ml just-boiled water and cover the bowl. Toss the chickpeas with 1 tbsp oil and the cumin in a roasting tin. Add to the oven for the fi nal 15 minutes of roasting.

    3. To serve, uncover the couscous and fluff up with a fork. Stir in the remaining 1 tbsp oil, lemon zest and juice and herbs. Serve with the chickpeas, chicken and harissa sauce. 

    Cook’s tip

    For a little extra flavour, add some pitted green olives to the pan with the canned tomatoes and bake with the chicken.

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