Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Chicken and Summer Vegetable Stew with Couscous

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 45 min
  • Active: 45 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Inspired by Moroccan tagine, this fragrant stew combines quick-cooking boneless chicken thighs and chickpeas with summer vegetables, such as zucchini, rainbow carrots and colorful cherry tomatoes. It’s served over fluffy, buttery couscous and finished with a refreshing herb and nut topping. A little fire from harissa plus a dollop of cooling yogurt packs this dish with bright flavor.


Chicken Stew:




  1. For the chicken stew: Put the garlic, carrots, onion, cinnamon, raisins, ginger, cumin, paprika, sugar, turmeric, 1 tablespoon salt and several grinds of black pepper in a large saucepan or Dutch oven with a tight-fitting lid. Add 2 cups water and bring to a boil over high heat; cover, reduce the heat and simmer until the carrots start to get tender, about 15 minutes. Add the chicken, chickpeas, tomatoes and zucchini and stir to combine. Return to a boil over high heat, cover, reduce the heat and simmer until the stew is slightly thickened and fragrant and the vegetables are tender enough to cut with the side of a fork, but still hold their shapes, about 15 minutes. (If the vegetables are fork-tender a bit sooner, remove them to a bowl while the liquid reduces then return them to the pot when ready to serve.) Remove and discard the cinnamon sticks.
  2. For the couscous: Bring 1 1/2 cups water to a boil with the butter and salt in a small saucepan. Stir in the couscous, remove from the heat, cover and set aside until the water has been absorbed and the couscous is plump, about 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and keep warm.
  3. For the topping: Combine the cilantro, parsley, almonds, pistachios and raisins in a medium bowl.
  4. To serve, divide the couscous among bowls, top with the stew and sprinkle with the herb topping. Serve with harissa and yogurt on the side.