Sunday, February 15, 2015

Chicken Couscous

Per Nana ~
A perfect dish for this East Coast weather. With the combination of spices 
called for, I did not think I would enjoy the recipe at all, but as the chicken 
started to cook with the spices the aroma was so enticing.  
I used boneless skinless chicken thighs (that's all I had in the freezer)
 and they worked perfectly. The cooking method was so easy, and 
the selection of vegetables blended well together. 
I served Israeli couscous with the chicken and it was so very delicious. 
Per Tricia ~
This was not a combination of ingredients I would have aimed for (saffron
cinnamon, turmeric, etc), but frankly I was happy to have a week 
off all the fish recipes we have plowing through as we complete the book :) 

It was also a warm, comfort food sort of meal which was appreciated
 amidst all the snow. I will not likely prepare this one again, but that is
 just for my own family's tastes and not because the recipe was not lovely. 
The spices are just not to our preference. I am very curious about the hot
 harissa sauce and while I was not able to get it this week, I am planning
 to track it down and try it out.  I may even attempt a homemade version....
Happy French  Sunday! 


  1. Happy French Sunday! This is definitely perfect for the season. Nana, boneless was the way to go. I was cursing those bone and skin as I tried to eat with a spoon. Tricia, glad to give you a break from fish. Next week, it's back!

  2. It looks like I wasn’t the only one posting on Sunday, LOL! I just couldn’t get to this one until yesterday! I felt like you Nana…it was perfect comfort food! Tricia..this did not go over well with Bill…he is not fond of these warm spices…so I know I won’t be making it again either! Happy French Sunday!

  3. Tricia, when you do your Harissa testing, let me know how that works out for you. I've tried it once, wasn't a fan, so didn't even bother to add it to this as a condiment. Diane and several others say it "made" the recipe so I will probably give it a go (after you do). Both of your dishes looked pretty darn tasty but I understand that if those flavors just don't work for you and your guys, not worth making again. Hang in there with your winter weather. As someone who has done the snow thing for almost her entire Life, I know this is not at all fun. Which is worst - drought (which California is enduring) or snow piled up to the heavens?

  4. Nana and Tricia!
    Both results look wonderful! I dare say that this tasted better the next day.

  5. Tricia, too bad you didn't like the spices but definitely try again with the harissa! Nana - you are right it's the perfect dish for this horrible cold snap!

  6. I'm glad I wasn't the only one celebrating French Sunday this week! I thought that the harissa and a little apricot jam brought the flavours together really well. Sorry it wasn't a hit for you, Tricia. And Nana, I agree - this is a great dish for cold or wet weather.

  7. I agree with you Tricia about the chicken dish and having a week off from fish. Luckily there is always next week. See you Friday.

  8. I haven't posted mine yet, but I had to nix the Moroccan spices or Bill would surely revolt! I used rosemary and thyme and he loved it. I am curious about the harissa, too, though.
    P.S. Thank you both for your kind and comforting notes. xoxo

  9. It _was_ a nice break from the fish, and I do like fish! Glad you enjoyed it, Nana. Tricia, I don't know that the harissa would make it work for you. I suppose if you were feeling experimental, then you could go for it. :)

  10. I'm sorry you guys didn't like this one better. I think they're kind of polarizing flavors--either you like them or you don't. I am excited to make something that is't fish for a change!