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CousCous

There are many ways to make CousCous. I met a dear and sweet lady named Suad (originally from Morocco)on the compound in Riyadh, we became fast friends. She made CousCous and of course it was delicious! She asked me to her house one day to watch her and I learned how to make a lovely version that I still make today. Years after that, a Lybian friend made a wonderful red,spicy CousCous which I fell in love with! Both types of Cous Cous are tasty and lovely but my kids always ask for this red, spicy variety. So, here is my recipe. Keep in mind this has been adapted, my friend had steps that were difficult for me and so I am making it my way.

Ingredients

5 chicken legs or thighs

1 sweet potato

1 potato

1 green bell pepper

1 onion

2 tomatoes

1 zucchini

2 carrots

1 cup of cabbage

3 garlic cloves chopped

1 small can tomato paste

1 can garbanzo beans

salt to taste

1 tsp. cumin, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1 tsp. turmeric, 1 tsp. allspice

cayenne pepper pinch or desired amount

2 boxes of CousCous or desired amount

Directions

Peel potato, carrots, zucchini, and sweet potato.

Chop onion and garlic. Wash and chop all vegetables.

I like to cut them into large chunks.

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Place onion, garlic and chicken in large pan. Put a little olive oil and start sauteing. Add water, (enough to cook the chicken, vegetables and have left over broth!) spices and tomato paste. Bring to a boil, turn down heat and keep a low boil going and cover. Let the chicken cook. when the chicken is totally cooked, turn off heat. Remove chicken from broth and set aside. Strain liquid to make sure there are no pieces of fat or bone. Add vegetables to liquid and bring to a boil, turn down heat, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes until vegetables are well cooked, add drained garbanzo beans to liquid and cook a few more minutes. Turn off heat, remove vegetables to a pan.

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Measure out liquid for CousCous. My friend made the Cous Cous in a more traditional way but that was too complicated for me. So, I use the box of plain CousCous and follow the instructions for adding liquid and measurements. Use the spicy,red broth to make your CousCous. Follow package directions for measurements and cooking times.

CousCous mixed with broth

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CousCous cooked

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After it is done, fluff it and drizzle a little olive oil and stir it to keep it from sticking.

Spoon CousCous onto a serving plate and arrange cooked vegetables around and on top.

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136 Comments Post a comment
  1. Whaaaaa! Wow❤️

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    September 21, 2015
  2. Deanne #

    This is looking so yummy😍😍😍

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    September 21, 2015
  3. Looks really delicious!

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    September 21, 2015
  4. Yum sounds tasty 🙂

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    September 21, 2015
  5. This has to smell wonderful when it’s cooking! Looks delicious!

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    September 21, 2015
  6. You have a way of making every dish look scrumptious. My goodness!!! Where do you buy couscous?

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    September 21, 2015
    • You are so sweet! At the store in the rice aisle, I used to do another kind and use her method, but this is easy! It’s a little box and so I use that.

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      September 21, 2015
      • Oh ok, I thought maybe it was something that needed to be purchased at a specialty store…not sure if I’ve ever come across couscous at a Walmart lol…but then again I’ve never actually looked for it.

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        September 21, 2015
        • It should be easy to find. I have found it at winco if you have one there and safeway. Our walmart doesn’t have the boxes but maybe yours will.

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          September 21, 2015
  7. This looks so good!

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    September 21, 2015
    • Thanks! how was your day?

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      September 21, 2015
      • Just hanging in there, my friend. It was a long day :/ How about you?

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        September 21, 2015
        • pretty good, scrubbed the house down and ran errands!

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          September 21, 2015
          • I’m sure it went by quickly for you.

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            September 21, 2015
          • yeah it did! How was work?

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            September 21, 2015
          • Uhh. Lol. Well I left early again because my son got sick. I had to pick him up from school. I took him to the ER. He should be alright with the meds they gave him. I’m concerned because he’s missed four days of school. I’m glad my mom and grandma can watch him tomorrow. I took days off to take care of him last week.

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            September 21, 2015
          • Yes I remember you said he had been sick! I hope he feels better!!!

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            September 21, 2015
          • Thank you 🙂

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            September 21, 2015
  8. Couscous cooked like this is one of my all-time favorites! Yours looks perfectly authentic and wonderful!

    I also love using couscous in salads as well. If interested check out this recipe:
    https://ronitpenso.wordpress.com/2013/06/15/colorful-couscous-lentil-and-raisins-salad/

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    September 21, 2015
  9. Love cous cous…..what a great recipe thanks….

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    September 21, 2015
    • Thanks! hope you had a great day!

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      September 21, 2015
      • was a really busy day and spent a lot of money…LOL husband to get new updated high tech hearing aides…I asked if they come with a motor and steering wheel, it should!!! then I had a full extensive eye exam, been having an issue with one of my eyes…I need to see a specialist…macular degeneration runs in our family so there that and the dog went to have a cyst/pocket removed from ankle….plus blood work and a couple shots she was due to have….seemed no matter where we went everyone wanted money!!! but all’s good here….just life were all getting older in this house….the fog has rolled in the heat has left….it was 101 at one point when we were out dealing with life today….but nice and cool here now….hope alls well in your neck of the woods..

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        September 21, 2015
        • Wow 101! you were running around all day! Glad you got allot done! We are good! not much new here today just cleaned up!

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          September 21, 2015
          • yes and I am going to do nothing tomorrow except the gym…..and keep the dog from chewing on her bandage…LOL

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            September 21, 2015
          • oh yes that will be a task!

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            September 21, 2015
  10. omtatjuan3 #

    I love cous cous.. I wish I could cook but if I go to a Middle Eastern cafe I order it!

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    September 21, 2015
    • That is so awesome!

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      September 21, 2015
      • omtatjuan3 #

        I love Morroco chicken with raisins and apricots…

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        September 21, 2015
        • yummmm I love fruit with chicken, I make curry parcels with raisins, apples, carrots chicken! wrapped in phyllo dough

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          September 21, 2015
          • omtatjuan3 #

            It has some spice like curry but it’s a bit different… Yummy

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            September 21, 2015
          • sounds delicious!

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            September 21, 2015
          • omtatjuan3 #

            I’m lately into Burmese food.. A little different than Thai

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            September 21, 2015
          • yumm I had a couple friends from Burma and they cooked for me yumm

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            September 21, 2015
          • omtatjuan3 #

            They have a thing called 21 Salad, 21 different things… Or Tea leaf salad… Excellent

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            September 21, 2015
          • sounds so good! all I have had is samosa, rice and some meatball type things and they were spicy and delicious!

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            September 21, 2015
          • omtatjuan3 #

            I like Jamacian Roti Goat, kind of tastes Middle Eastern…

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            September 21, 2015
          • wow you are brave!

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            September 21, 2015
          • omtatjuan3 #

            Totally curry like yet goatie! Less hot than jerk chicken

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            September 21, 2015
          • you are brave!

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            September 21, 2015
  11. This looks amazing! I have never seen couscous look so delicious!

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    September 21, 2015
  12. this looks hearty and perfect for Fall, a bit of a chill in the air up here!

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    September 21, 2015
  13. Looking good! Love Couscous with citrus and/or apricot and pistachios-Wonderful flavors.

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    September 21, 2015
  14. Yummy! Thanks for sharing!

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    September 21, 2015
  15. Looks delicious, these recipe can a very good lunch dish. I really like that this dish prepared with lots of veggies and chicken. Looks like a complete meal. Great recipe

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    September 21, 2015
  16. Hi Lyn! This looks amazing! I almost thought you used curry cause it looks so 😋😋😋 and vibrant! Perfect for the fall!

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    September 21, 2015
  17. chevvy8 #

    Oh Lynz, as soon as soon as time allows, I have to try this. I love cous cous and you make cooking look like fun:-)

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    September 21, 2015
  18. Delicious. I love couscous

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    September 21, 2015
  19. I absolutely love cous cous and this would be great for lunch today 🙂

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    September 21, 2015
  20. It looks delicious and really spicy with the cayenne, Lynz. We love Couscous at home, spicy with a lot of vegetables or just simple with steamed green peas and fresh glass of buttermilk. Meeting new people from different cultures is always a rich experience! 🙂

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    September 22, 2015
  21. One more delicious recipe from your Lynz, as I need to try 😀

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    September 22, 2015
  22. Looks so appetizing Lynz!

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    September 22, 2015
  23. I would LOVE to copy this recipe, Lynz, but I have no idea what CousCous is and not sure if we have it here. I would have to ask my grocery store. Is there something else I can use if we don’t have it? Love, Amy ❤

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    September 22, 2015
  24. What a wonderful and hearty meal! I never think of making couscous for some reason, even though I really like it. Thank you for the reminder and recipe:)

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    September 22, 2015
  25. This is my kind of recipe! Packed with delicious veggies and spices, and the chicken will make the hubby happy too! Thanks for sharing Lynz!

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    September 22, 2015
  26. Hearing abt this fr the first time..will definitely try it smyime

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    September 22, 2015
  27. Wow this is looking so yumm! 🙂 I am yet to try couscous!

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    September 22, 2015
  28. I love couscous. Fast and easy and you can do all kinds of things to it!
    Marcey

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    September 22, 2015
  29. This looks wonderful. I really like couscous and with lovely chicken and vegetables, it looks a great family meal. 🙂

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    September 22, 2015
  30. Thank you for sharing this – what a great Fall recipe!

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    September 22, 2015
  31. This has inspired me to do something similar tonight…Tahini chicken.

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    September 22, 2015
  32. I never thought to add sweet potato. I have been making something very similar for years. It’s been way too long since I made it. Thanks for reminding me. Have a wonderful evening, Lynz….

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    September 22, 2015
  33. I love Cous Cous and its so easy to make.

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    September 22, 2015
  34. Yum! Looks delicious! I will have to try it! Thanks for sharing! Hugs!

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    September 22, 2015
  35. kushigalu #

    I love couscous and your version looks so good and delicious

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    September 22, 2015
  36. I love couscous! This recipe sounds like it will be amazing!

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    September 23, 2015
  37. That looks delicious and I have Cous Cous at home. Sounds like a plan to me!

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    September 23, 2015
  38. Lovely recipe! Garbanzo, Sweet potatoes & all of the wonderful spices…yum!!

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    September 23, 2015
  39. Delicious! I love couscous!

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    September 23, 2015
  40. I love couscous so does my family. It’s my emergency side dish when I don’t have time to cook complicated meals. This looks so colorful and flavorful. A delicious one pot meal. 🙂

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    September 23, 2015
  41. Delicious

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    September 23, 2015
  42. Looks really good Lyn!

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    September 24, 2015
  43. Hearty and delicious meal !

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    September 24, 2015

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