Couscous with Chicken and Chickpeas Recipe

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Isabel Zhang Modified: March 21, 2022
Couscous with Chicken and Chickpeas Recipe

How To Make Couscous with Chicken and Chickpeas

Enjoy delicious couscous with chicken stew cooked in tomato sauce, chickpeas, and a blend of spices for a satisfying meal!

Preparation: 5 minutes
Cooking: 37 minutes
Total: 42 minutes



  • 2tbspcooking oil
  • 8chicken drumsticks
  • 3tspsalt
  • ¼tsp.fresh-ground black pepper
  • 1onion
  • 1turnip
  • 2tbsptomato paste
  • 1tsppaprika
  • tspground cumin
  • 1tspcayenne
  • 6cupwater
  • 3carrots
  • 1cupcanned chickpeas,(one 15-oz can) drained and rinsed
  • ½cupflat-leaf parsley leaves,packed
  • 1cupcouscous


  1. In a large deep frying pan or Dutch oven, heat the oil over moderately high heat.

  2. Sprinkle the chicken with ½ teaspoon of salt and black pepper.

  3. Put the chicken in the pan and brown well, about 8 minutes in all. Remove.

  4. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of the fat. Reduce the heat to moderately low.

  5. Add the onion and turnip and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes.

  6. Stir in the tomato paste, paprika, cumin, cayenne, and 2¼ teaspoons of the salt. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute.

  7. Stir in 4 cups of water and carrots. Add the chicken and bring it to a simmer.

  8. Cover and cook for about 20 minutes, stirring the mixture 2 or 3 times, until the chicken and vegetables are almost done.

  9. Stir in the chickpeas and the parsley and simmer for about 5 minutes longer until the chicken and vegetables are done.

  10. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, bring the remaining 2 cups of water to a boil. Add the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt and the couscous. Cover.

  11. Remove the pot from the heat and let the couscous stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.

  12. Serve the stew with its broth over the couscous.


  • Calories: 760.70kcal
  • Fat: 33.52g
  • Saturated Fat: 7.32g
  • Trans Fat: 0.15g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 14.80g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 8.04g
  • Carbohydrates: 54.07g
  • Fiber: 8.17g
  • Sugar: 5.76g
  • Protein: 58.46g
  • Cholesterol: 244.72mg
  • Sodium: 1989.19mg
  • Calcium: 118.57mg
  • Potassium: 1128.77mg
  • Iron: 4.80mg
  • Vitamin A: 481.59µg
  • Vitamin C: 23.33mg
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