Hello Everyone! So today is Friday, and Friday, to us, means a fantastic, full of flavors and inviting lunch with our very close friends! We love everything about these lunches, it is a tradition we created, my friend and I, as a way to cherish both our families and show our kids the meaning of family love (because our friends are part of our family) and that no matter what, family is always an important pillar in our life, and simply to give them something to look forward to every week.
So yeah, every Friday we have lunch together, we cook some awesome dishes, and I thought why not make Friday even more special and share my recipes here with you! This will be a weekly feature in my blog! (Yaay!!)
Today I am making Couscous with Chicken and vegetables. I am Moroccan so this is our famous dish and this is my simple way of making it. I am also vegetarian so usually I cook the vegetables and the chicken separately, however it is much easier for you to cook it all together. You can use meat if you please and cook it the exact same way. So Ladies, get your aprons ready and let’s dive in!
You will need the following: (for about four people)
For the couscous:
1tbs olive oil
1 cup of warm water
A pinch of salt
1 tbs of butter
For the Sauce:
1 onion (1 big or 2 small)
2 tbs olive oil
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ginger powder
1 tsp Saffron powder (or paprika or turmeric powder)
1 cube chicken stock
1Litre warm water
2 tins of chickpeas
1 Kg chicken cut into pieces
1 cup of green beans
(You can use about any vegetable you have in the fridge, just cut it into pieces and add it)
Add the oil to the couscous and a pinch of salt with half of the water and steam it for about 20 minute, take it out add the rest of the water and steam it again for another 20 minutes, when done, add the butter and mix.
The Sauce: in a pot, mix the oil, the onion and the spices, stir for 5 minutes, and add the chicken, mix. Then add the water, the chicken stock and leave it to simmer. After about 10 minutes add the vegetables cover and leave it for another 15 minutes (or until the vegetables are soft) then add the chickpeas, lower the heat, leave it for two more minutes and Voila! you are done!
Mix the Couscous with the sauce and Happy Friday!!