Belazu Chicken Couscous

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This is a great recipe for you to try out your argan oil. It's also a nice way to cook chicken.

Traditional harissa paste really spices up the couscous.

To serve less, use the same amount of rub and herbs, just cover with less stock. One chicken leg per person is ample.

Belazu Chicken Couscous
Servings:Serves 6
Calories per serving:465
Ready in:1 hour
Prep. time:15 minutes
Cook time:45 minutes
Difficulty:Average difficulty
Recipe author:JuliaBalbilla
First published:28th July 2013

Best recipe review

Lovely harissa


Harissa paste makes the difference. To be honest, I could not tell if the argan oil made it taste any different.

Paul R Smith

Chicken ready to simmer


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  1. Put the chicken pieces in a bowl with the ginger, pepper, salt and saffron. Rub these in using your hands.
  2. brown in a wok or casserole dish with the argan oil.
  3. Add the sliced onion, and soften for 2-3 minutes, then top up with enough stock to just cover the chicken pieces.
  4. Make a herb bundle by tying the herb sprigs together with kitchen string and add to the wok or casserole.
  5. Bring to the boil then reduce to a simmer for 30 minutes or until cooked.
  6. Remove the cooked chicken and serve, discarding the stock and herbs.

Serving suggestions

Serve with harissa paste and barley couscous or normal couscous.

Chef's notes

The original recipe did not specify the cuts of chicken to use, but in this type of dish the flavour is much improved by using cuts that include the bone rather than fillets. I would skin them first though so the end result is not too greasy.

Half a green pepper was chopped and added to the couscous together with some dried fruit that had been soaked in sherry for 30 minutes. The rest of the pepper was added to the chicken casserole and discarded once the chicken was cooked.

I used fennel, parsley, mint and a small amount of rosemary in my bouquet garni. This recipe originated from the recipe section of

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See also

Peeling ginger

There is no need to peel ginger. As a result of attending a Thai cookery demo, we have learnt that peeling ginger is unnecessary unless for aesthetic purposes as the skin is high in fibre and full of flavour. However, do remove any bits that have become tough or woody.

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