Impress your friends with this classic Middle Eastern dish which can be spiced up or toned down according to preference. Great for chilly autumn or winter days. All the prep time is in the chopping, the rest is easy!

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken thighs, skin-side down, and sear until golden brown on both sides; set aside. Reduce heat to medium, add sausage, and cook sausage until no longer pink; set aside.

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  • Stir garlic and onions into skillet; cook until onions have softened and turned translucent. Stir in the carrots, celery, rutabaga, green pepper, red pepper, diced tomatoes, garbanzos, and 2 cups chicken stock. Season with thyme, turmeric, cayenne, harissa, and bay leaf. Cut sausage into 1--inch pieces, and add to skillet along with chicken. Cover, and simmer for 30 minutes until chicken is no longer pink. When the chicken is done, stir in the zucchini, and cook until tender, about 5 minutes.

  • While the chicken is cooking, mix 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) into couscous in a heatproof bowl. Bring 2 cups of chicken stock to a boil and stir into the couscous, cover, and keep hot.

  • Serve chicken stew over the couscous with a dollop of yogurt.

Nutrition Facts

933 calories; 39 g total fat; 169 mg cholesterol; 600 mg sodium. 80.4 g carbohydrates; 62.2 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
08/26/2008
This is very good and quite impressive. I tend to make it with either just chicken or just sausage depending on what I have in the freezer. The yogurt on top makes it slightly less spicy and gives a wonderful last touch to the recipe. I will continue to make this. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/26/2008
This is very good and quite impressive. I tend to make it with either just chicken or just sausage depending on what I have in the freezer. The yogurt on top makes it slightly less spicy and gives a wonderful last touch to the recipe. I will continue to make this. Read More
(27)
Rating: 4 stars
08/26/2008
This is very good and quite impressive. I tend to make it with either just chicken or just sausage depending on what I have in the freezer. The yogurt on top makes it slightly less spicy and gives a wonderful last touch to the recipe. I will continue to make this. Read More
(27)
Rating: 5 stars
02/21/2008
This dish was so good! I forgot to add the yogurt at the end and couldn't find any harissa but otherwise made it the same. Our friends that we had over were impressed and my husband loved it. It was a bit spicy for me but I think that using mild italian sausage would help out with that area. My only complaint (if you can even call it that) is that this says 6 servings but we had 4 adults eating it and still had half of it left over afterwards! But the leftovers taste just as good. Thanks for an excellent recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/15/2008
This dish was so tasty. My boyfriend and I loved it. I did not have chicken thighs (which I'm sure would have been lovely) so I quartered a couple chicken breasts. I did not have harissa nor do I know what it is so I omitted it. Regardless this dish tasted super good. Just spicy enough and the sizing of the veg was perfect. Also the veg remained somewhat firm - just the way we like it. I will be making this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/28/2008
I used mild sausage left out the chicken and halved the recipe (only 2 of us). We still had leftovers. Great flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/11/2011
This was a huge hit at a dinner party- everyone had seconds! This also made way more than 6 servings- more like 10 generous ones. I also found I had enough broth in the meat and vegetable mixture to prepare the couscous. I simply threw in the 2 cups of couscous directly into the pot after it was done cooking waited 5 minutes and gave it a stir (I used medium sized couscous). We also found it wasn't as spicy as we would have liked so we simply mixed a teaspoon or so of harissa with some chicken broth and poured it over the meal. It was fabulous. Thank you for such a wonderful recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/09/2010
This was very good. I used 1 lb. chicken breasts and no sausage. Couldn't find harissa anywhere so skipped it and subbed a parsnip for the rutabaga - which I didn't really like. The flavor is great though. I upped the turmeric and cayenne a bit. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/03/2010
I played with this a lot because my husband is not a big tomato fan. I used 2 large chicken breasts and also cut out the sausage to make it lower fat and lower calorie. It was a really yummy dinner and even my picky little guy seemed to like it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/09/2009
Great recipe! I used spicy Italian sausage only substituted dry mustard for tumeric and left out the yogurt. My husband loved it! We will definitely make this recipe again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/23/2010
I used chicken thighs and drumbsticks with italian sausage. It might have been better with boneless chicken pieces. The vegies were overcooked by the time the chicken was done. It wasn't so much a stew as I served the sausage and vegies over the couscous with the chicken on the side. I didn't add turnip or garbanzo beans because I don't care for them. Didn't find harissa and used curry powder instead of tumeric. My husband liked it and the leftovers were good the next day. Read More
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