Moroccan Chicken and Whole Grain Couscous


A flavorful chicken stew that uses exotic spices and nice vegetables served over whole-grain couscous. This recipe was actually a real chicken contest winner! Vegetables and even meat can vary according to taste, but I find squash, carrots, bell peppers, and lamb work well in this recipe. Even though the spices seem strange, the flavors are subtle but fragrant! A real favorite at home.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
6 servings


  • 1 cup whole wheat couscous

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 5 whole cloves, crushed

  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon ground dried turmeric

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - chopped

  • 1 (16 ounce) can garbanzo beans

  • 1 (16 ounce) can crushed tomatoes

  • 1 (48 fluid ounce) can chicken broth

  • 2 carrots, cut into 1/2 inch pieces

  • 1 zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

  • salt to taste


  1. Prepare the couscous according to package directions.

  2. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat, and cook onion until tender. Mix in bay leaves, cloves, cinnamon, turmeric, and cayenne pepper. Place chicken in the pot, and cook until well browned. Pour garbanzo beans, tomatoes, and broth into the pot, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer 25 minutes.

  3. Mix carrots and zucchini into pot. Season with salt. Continue cooking 10 minutes, or until vegetables are tender. Serve stew over cooked couscous.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

399 Calories
7g Fat
51g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 399
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 67mg 22%
Sodium 1539mg 67%
Total Carbohydrate 51g 18%
Dietary Fiber 8g 28%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 33g
Vitamin C 18mg 90%
Calcium 91mg 7%
Iron 4mg 19%
Potassium 739mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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