Ingredients

How to make it

  • For Harissa:
  • In small bowl, combine the 1st 4 ingrediants. Pour boiling water over the mixture and stir to combine. Mix in the olive oil and garlic. Set sauce aside to steep at room temp for at least 1 hour.
  • For stew:
  • Heat the oil in a very large nonstick skillet with a lid or in a dutch oven. Season the chicken with salt and cayenne and brown over medium heat on all side, about 5 minutes. Remove to plate, leaving drippings in pan.
  • Add the onion and red pepper; saute until it begins to soften. Add the garlic, cumin, curry powder and cinnamon sticks, saute for a minute to release the aromatics. Add the broth, sweet potatoes and parsnips and cook covered for 10 minutes to partially cook the vegetables.
  • Add the chickpeas, zucchini, raisins and apricots. Return the chicken to the stew and simmer uncovered over medium heat for 30 minutes. Taste for seasoning and add more salt if needed.
  • For the couscous: bring 4 1/2 cups of water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add 1 1/2 tsp salt and stir in the uncooked couscous. Remove from the heat, cover and let stand until the liquid is absorbed, 5-6 minutes. I like to add a "knob" of butter to it :-)
  • To serve: Mound the cousous in the center of a large rimmed platter. Spoon the chicken and vegetables on the couscous and ladle the broth over them. Pass additional hot sauce at the table.

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    " It was excellent "
    latinart ate it and said...
    I just made this dish last night. It was soooo good!!! I have been looking to make the chicken, veggies and couscous dish I order from my favorite Moroccan restaurant and I am so happy I found it. It tasted just like the one from the restaurant. I added a bit of ground ginger and a bit more curry.

    The Harissa was excellent too! I had to run to the closet Indian restaurant to buy some mangolassi after dinner so I can cool down my tummy because it was on fire!! Love the sauce. It is spicy but it was soo good!!
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    " It was excellent "
    marky90 ate it and said...
    Loving this Luisa!!!
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  • luisascatering 5 years ago
    Sararubab:

    You season the chicken with the salt and cayenne and brown the chicken in a nonstick pan with the olive oil. Then you take the chicken out, do the vegetable part, then the chicken goes back in later to finish cooking. I hope that helps :-)
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  • sararubab 5 years ago
    I really like the recipe but i didnt understand the initial steps like first mix the chicken with the first 3 ingredients and leave aside and then for stew which chicken is used?? If anybody can guide me please???
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    " It was excellent "
    angelinaw ate it and said...
    Luisa, when is dinner? Seriously, this looks and sounds incredible! I love your recipes! Thanks and high-five!
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    " It was excellent "
    dollhead ate it and said...
    Mmmmmmmm-love all the ingredients. Sounds delish!
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    " It was excellent "
    juels ate it and said...
    Lovely recipe, can't wait to try some N.African cooking, this sounds wonderful!
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    " It was excellent "
    meals4abby ate it and said...
    Hi Luisa! I'm such a fan of all of your recipes and this is no exception! Fabulous as usual!
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    " It was excellent "
    boofie ate it and said...
    A great excuse to pull out the tagine. Also, I've been looking for a good recipe for harissa. Thanks for sharing :)

    Boofie.
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    " It was excellent "
    trigger ate it and said...
    All I want to hear is dinner is served.
    Another smile :) and five forks and you know about the flags already Luisa right?

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    " It was excellent "
    jimrug1 ate it and said...
    I love this. Talk about gorgeous!! Harrisa is one of my favorite flavor combos... Great recipe Luisa... with I could give it a 10... Jim
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