Chicken Couscous

On fishy Fridays, I mean French Fridays with Dorie, we made a chicken dish!  Chicken couscous page 214.  I love chicken and couscous so I was looking forward to this dish.

Since I was making 1/2 recipe I did not want to buy a whole chicken so I bought 2 pounds of legs. First you make a dry rub with ginger, cumin, turmeric, saffron threads, cinnamon, garlic, salt and pepper.  Dorie states to add the chicken to the pot then sprinkle the dry rub over the chicken. Instructions were to cook “just until they lose their raw texture – you don’t have to brown them” was a little vague for me.  I prefer more specific cooking instructions.

Then you add chicken broth, leeks, onions, celery, carrots and turnips.  Dorie’s instructions were to cut in strips but I chopped most everything to make it easier to eat.  

At the end of cooking, add zucchini and chickpeas.  We decided to add our raisins to our couscous instead of serving on the side.  I was hoping for a home run with this one but it really fell flat for us. I enjoyed the couscous salad we made page 136 much better than this dish.  There have also been some other chicken dishes that I have made that turned out better than this one.  This dish will not be making a repeat in our house.

These recipes are part of an international cooking group working our way through Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan.  To see what the others did go here.

18 Comments Add yours

  1. Emily says:

    Sorry that this was not a great one for your, might be the spices.


  2. Emily says:

    Sorry that this was not a great one for your, might be the spices.


  3. Nana says:

    I really thought this was pretty easy and delicious. I used boneless, skinless thighs which are pretty tasty. I also used Isreali couscous which I prefer to the quick cooking type. Sorry this was bot a winner for you, but it looks great.


  4. Sorry that this wasn't your thing – I cooked the chicken separately, since I am not a fan of soggy chicken skin (and the girl doesn't eat meat anymore…) and we enjoyed this one. Have a good weekend!


  5. Arisuchan says:

    I just love the idea of using legs anyways, half recipe or not! 🙂


  6. Diane Balch says:

    The harissa is what made this dish for us… I get a feeling you didn't try that.


  7. Sorry you didn't enjoy – this was one of my faves!


  8. Anonymous says:

    We seem to be in the minority this week, but I agree that this one was not a favorite. Oh well, different tastes.


  9. Kathy says:

    Sorry this one was a disappointment for you…I really enjoyed it, but my hubby did not like it at all! I even cut the spices, because I know he is not fond of heavily spiced dishes! Oh well you win some…you lose some!


  10. Anonymous says:

    Sorry this wasn't a hit for you, but there's always next week. Enjoy your time with Mary, the Lesters and Katie. You'll have a blast. I'm jealous.


  11. tricia s. says:

    I was with you on this one but mostly because I simply \”wasn't in the mood\” for this combo of ingredients. As I said to my hubby, it was like picking a Mexican restaurant to go to when you simply wanted Chinese that night 🙂 But still glad I got a week off fish….


  12. Mary Hirsch says:

    It's interesting that this just did not work for you. I didn't use Harissa but used all the other spices and flavorings and even doubled down on the saffron. Loved it. I will agree, however, that the Couscous Salad was absolutely delicious. I had to follow my Iowan instincts rather than Dorie's with \”just until they lose their raw texture.\” Never would I undercook a chicken nor should \”chicken\” and \”raw\” be used in the same sentence when talking about how to cook it. Diane, it was so very special to meet you, and Michael and that cute Jacob today. I appreciate your taking the entire day to drive to Oxnard to have lunch with Susan, John, Katie and me. I loved meeting you. What a nice, smart woman you are. I look forward to seeing you all again.


  13. Cakelaw says:

    Oh no! Sorry to hear that this didn't work for you. I really liked this.


  14. Anonymous says:

    Sorry this wasn't a hit for you. I am looking forward to hearing about your Dorista meetup, though!


  15. Liz Berg says:

    Bill liked it, but I had to tweak the heck out of it as he doesn't like Moroccan spices 🙂 Sorry this wasn't a winner for you…P.S. thanks for your kind note about my mom. xo


  16. Diane, although this was not your favorite chicken dish from the book, it does have a wonderful warm color from all the spices and the fresh vegetables. Hope you are having a nice week,Andrea


  17. Diane, it's a bummer that this dish didn't work out for you. That said, your photos of it are great and I love the colors! It was so nice to meet you last weekend, Diane! I, too, hope our paths cross again!


  18. Anonymous says:

    Too bad you didn't love this one, but it sure looks nice on your plate!


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