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Harissa chicken with chickpeas and couscous

Harissa chicken with chickpeas and couscous

This easy chicken stew with zesty lemon 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.

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  • Serves4
  • CourseMain meal
  • Prepare15 mins
  • Cook40 mins
  • Total time55 mins

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  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, halved and finely sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 95g Cooks’ Ingredients Harissa Paste
  • 400g 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 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 final 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.


Typical values per serving when made using specific products in recipe


1,968kJ/ 484kcals



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