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Moroccan-style braised chicken thighs recipe

Moroccan-style braised chicken thighs recipe

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A light and fluffy couscous salad joins ras el hanout-seasoned chicken thighs in this Morocco-inspired dish. After you've cooked the chicken, use the leftover stock and fat to cover the couscous – it adds unbeatable flavour that's sure to go down a treat with all the family. See method

  • Serves 4
  • 50 mins
  • 721 calories / serving
  • Dairy-free


  • 900g -1.2kg pack chicken thighs
  • 1 tbsp ras el hanout
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra to drizzle (optional)
  • ¾ vegetable stock pot, made up to 400ml
  • 240g couscous
  • 1 red onion, very finely sliced
  • 125g baby spinach
  • 100g green olives, sliced
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 15g fresh parsley, roughly chopped
If you don't have red onions, try using white, brown or spring onions

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    40g 57%
  • Saturates

    12g 62%
  • Sugars

    5g 5%
  • Salt

    2.8g 47%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 52.2g Protein 40.1g Fibre 6.3g


  1. Sprinkle the chicken thighs with the ras el hanout and season lightly. Heat the oil in a large lidded frying pan over a medium heat and add the chicken thighs, skin-side down. Cook for 12-15 mins until the skin is golden and crisp. Turn the chicken over and cook for a further 3 mins, then remove from the pan. Drain the fat into a bowl and set aside, then return the chicken to the pan and pour in 100ml stock around the chicken. Cover and cook over a medium-low heat for 30 mins until tender and cooked through.
  2. Meanwhile, put the couscous and onion in a large heatproof bowl with 2 tbsp of the reserved chicken fat (discarding the rest). Pour over the remaining stock. Cover and leave for 5 mins, then fluff up with a fork. Stir through the spinach, olives and lemon juice, and most of the zest and parsley. Season lightly.
  3. Divide the couscous between 4 plates and top with the chicken thighs. Scatter with the remaining parsley and lemon zest, and drizzle with a little extra olive oil to serve, if you like.

Tip: To use up leftover ras el hanout, rub onto meat before grilling, or add to tagines.

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