Cost Cutting Cuisine — Harissa Flavored Chicken w/ Couscous

For the most part, the most economical dishes we can make are still made with Chicken.  As I’ve mentioned before, at the supermarket there are always “deals”.  My suggestion is to buy the whole chicken and cut it yourself for the least expensive way to go.

This recipe is not only economical but elegant and delicious.   If you do not have all the ingredients, you can substitute some of the spices. (noted).

  • 4-6 pieces of Chicken Breast or Thighs                 — 3 TB Cumin
  • 2 C Hearty Chicken Stock                                      — 2  TB Coriander
  • 2 C cooked Chick Peas                                        — 2  whole tomatoes,chopped
  • 4 TB Olive Oil                                                         — 2  zucchini, sliced 1/2 ” pieces
  • 1/2 C Harissa (or garam masala)                           — 1 C cooked Couscous
  • Sprigs of Fresh Mint                                               — 1 C raisins or currants

In a large Frypan, heat 3 TB of olive oil on med heat.   Add chicken pieces and cook till browned –about 5 minutes.   Turn over and brown other side.    Add the chick peas, 1/4 harissa, cumin, coriander and tomatoes, zucchini  and 1 C stock.  Cook over med heat for about 10 minutes.   Meanwhile make the Couscous: boil 1 C stock and remaining olive oil; add  3/4 C Couscous and remaining harissa. Turn off heat and let stand at least 5 minutes.  Turn chicken pieces over, add raisins and cook another 10-15 minutes.   There should always be enough liquid in the pan to almost cover the chicken.

When ready to serve, spoon couscous onto plate –or bowl–and lay chicken and sauce over the top.   Sprinkle with Mint and serve.   This dish goes well with a chilled Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc.

Enjoy and to your Health,

Jim