Thursday, 29 March 2012

Chicken & Couscous Tagine

Chicken & Couscous Tagine

With the weather being so nice out there i wanted dinner to taste like i was away on holidays and a couple of weeks ago i watched Rachel Allen's Easy Meals Programme and she made this dish sound just perfect and strangely enough i had all the ingredients on hand. 

It tasted and smelled middle eastern which is exactly what i wanted without it being too strong or overpowering. Also each portion works out at only 10 Weightwatchers Propoints which i consider a bargain. 

Saying that my other half said that he would have preferred more flavor so with this dish i recommend tasting it as you go so that you can get the flavor to suit your own taste buds.

Chicken & Couscous Tagine
Serves: 4
Weightwatchers Propoints per serving 10
Preparation Time: 40 minutes


  • 2 medium breast
  • 1 chopped Onions, raw
  • 4 cloves Garlic, raw and chopped
  • 180 grams Couscous, dry
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tbsp Spices, saffron (expensive)
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Honey
  • 1 Chicken stock cube with 1 Ltr of boiling water
  • 1 tbsp Spices, paprika
  • A pinch of coriander to garnish
  • 2 tablespoons Almonds, roasted
  • 200 grams Squash, winter, butternut, raw

  • Toast the almonds in a dry pan, when they have little brown dots in the middle there ready to be removed from the heat and set aside to use later

  • Make up the chicken stock and set aside
  • Spray a little spray oil in the pan over a medium to high heat and add the chicken with salt and pepper to the pan until the chicken is getting a golden colour
  • Add the onions, butternut squash and the garlic to the pan, add salt and pepper  with the cinnamon stick and cook covered for about 5 minutes or until the onion starts to soften
  • Once softened add the saffron, the smoked paprika and then add the chicken stock and the honey.

  • Cover and simmer for 20 minutes covered
  • In the mean time chop the toasted almonds
  • after the 20 minutes add in the couscous, stir and allow to cook for roughly 3 minutes 
  • Once the couscous has soaked up most of the water,  drain the excess, return to the heat and stir in the chopped almonds leave a small amount for garnish

  • Serve with some chopped almonds and a sprinkling of coriander

Enjoy the Niptuck way so you don't have too!

Nutrition Info (per serving)
Total Fat5.4g
Total Carbs58g
Dietary Fiber6.4g
Vitamin A332mcg
Vitamin C18mg

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