10 delicious couscous recipes

Whether as part of a hearty summer salad, served alongside meatballs, or as a crumb for fresh fish, couscous is a nutritious and versatile grain that is a brilliant vehicle for rich flavours. Take a look at some of our lovely dishes that make the most of this storecupboard staple.

Chicken tagine traybake
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Chicken tagine traybake

A medley of ras el hanout, couscous, onions and carrots, this Middle Eastern-inspired chicken tagine traybake is a fragrant and filling way to get the most out of family meal time. Whack it in the oven and wait for the compliments to start rolling in.

  1. Preheat the oven to gas 7, 220°C, fan 200°C. Whisk the olive oil, ras el hanout, lemon zest and juice in a large bowl; season. Reserve the lemon halves. Toss the chicken to coat in the mix, then transfer to a large roasting tin with any leftover marinade. Add the carrots, onion and juiced lemon halves and mix well. Roast for 25 mins.
  2. Pour 150ml water into the tin (to stop the marinade burning) and roast for another 10 mins or until the chicken is cooked through and the veg is tender. Meanwhile, mix the couscous with the chopped parsley stalks and pour over the stock. Cover and set aside for 10 mins.
  3. Remove the lemon halves from the roasting tin. Add the couscous and olives to the tin and squeeze over the roasted lemon halves; discard. Mix well, scraping any sticky roasted bits from the tin into the couscous. Scatter with the parsley leaves to serve.

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  • Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp ras el hanout
  • 2 lemons, zested and juiced
  • 900g pack chicken drumsticks
  • 2 carrots, peeled and cut into small chunks
  • 1 red onion, cut into thin wedges
  • 200g wholewheat couscous
  • 15g fresh parsley, leaves and stalks separated and finely chopped
  • 1 reduced-salt vegetable or chicken stock cube, made up to 450ml
  • 70g pouch pitted green olives with basil & garlic