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Moroccan Chicken with Vegetable Cous Cous & Tzatziki

This isn’t a traditional Moroccan chicken, but more Moroccan-style.
Rather than serving up the chicken as a stew, this recipe marinates the chicken in the same spices, and can then be cooked in a number of ways; barbecue, grilled, or as I have done here, in a griddle pan.
The only downside to this dish is the fact that it needs to be prepared a few hours in advance
The tzatziki can also be made hours in advance and refrigerated, possibly straight after preparing the chicken
Once everything is prepared, it’s a relatively quick dish to cook, maybe 15 minutes!

 

Ingredients

Chicken

  • 4 medium sized skinless chicken breasts
  • 100ml olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Tzatziki

  • 350g plain Greek yoghurt
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • small sprig of mint
  • (or 1 tsp dried mint)
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tsp finely chopped fresh dill

Cous Cous

  • 250g cous cous
  • zest of one lemon
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 20g fresh coriander, finely chopped
  • small tin of sweetcorn, drained
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 100g fresh or frozen garden peas
  • Method

  • Chicken

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Place all of the dried ingredients in a bowl, and stir in the olive oil. That’s it, the marinade is done!

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Place the chicken flat in a strong bag, and using a meat tenderiser or rolling pin, flatten the breasts out until they are approximately 1/4 inch thick
This will allow all of the meat to cook at the same speed later on

 

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Pour in the marinade, seal and massage the marinade into the meat, making sure to coat all of it.
Place the bag in a bowl, in case of leaks, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Overnight if possible
Occasionally move the chicken around, so it’s not always the same bit sat at the bottom, soaking up all of the marinade

 

Tzatziki

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Cut the cucumber in half, down the length of it, and scoop out the flesh and seeds. This is the wettest part, and is not needed.

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Grate the cucumber and place in a sieve over a bowl
Sprinkle with salt and leave to drain for around an hour.
You can speed this up by occasionally pressing down with the back of a spoon

 

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Once the cucumber has stopped dripping liquid, pour out onto a tea towel and pat dry
Now place all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix together
Et Voila – Tzatziki!

 

Now comes the cooking part.
The chicken can be done on a barbecue, grilled (broiled), or on a griddle
It’s up to you how you cook this, but any way you do it, it’s going to take around 10 minutes

Go put a full kettle on to boil, you’ll thank me later

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Make sure that your method of cooking is pre-heated, and add the chicken to a medium heat
Making sure the chicken doesn’t burn, turn it over after 4-5 minutes

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Place the cous cous, sweetcorn, peas and diced pepper in a bowl and add the recommended amount of boiling water, as shown on the packet
(Now you know why you boiled the kettle earlier)
Stir well, and leave for 5 minutes to soak up the water

By the time the chicken is done on the second side, the cous cous will be ready.

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Add a generous serving of cous cous to a plate, slice the chicken and place on top
Serve with some tzatziki on the side

3 Comments

  • Mark

    Reply Reply June 22, 2017

    Very nice!

    Easy to follow and the photos make it A,B,C simple – great work.

  • Gaurav Kumar Joshi

    Reply Reply June 24, 2017

    Hi,

    As I always say, learning about new recipes is similar to unlocking the treasure. People like me who are fond of eating and trying new recipe always like the idea of more eating. I must say that my wife will love to cook this for me.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Gil

    Reply Reply June 25, 2017

    I love tzatziki but for some reason it doesn’t like me. Whenever I have it, it repeats on me for hours which is really unpleasant. Strangely, I have no problem with any of the ingredients on their own. I will try this though.

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