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Couscous with Chicken #3 - meat

Posted by : Mimi Hiller

I see Bob Halpern has posted something even easier than Lita's recipe,
so I'll go to the other end of the spectrum.  JB and I ate this under
the stars in Netanya when we last visited Israel (1992).  Can't wait to
see what we come back with this time.

CHICKEN COUSCOUS

     2 T. extra-virgin olive oil
     2 large onions, sliced thinly
     2 cups celery, sliced in diagonal 1-inch pieces
     3 medium potatoes, peeled, cut into bite-size pieces
     1 large yam or sweet potato, peeled, cut into bite-size pieces
     6 large carrots, sliced thinly on the diagonal
     1 large zucchini, unpeeled, cut into bite-size pieces
     1 teaspoon garlic powder
     1/4 teaspoon ground saffron or 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
     1 teaspoon ground cumin
     1 teaspoon sweet paprika
     1 teaspoon salt
     1/4 teaspoon white pepper
     2 chickens, cut into 8 pieces each
     olive oil, for drizzling
     1 pound can garbanzos, drained
     1 4-ounce pkg. dried peaches or other dried fruit, cut into large
       dice
     1/2 cup dark raisins
     1 pound can diced tomatoes

   1.Heat the 2 T. oil in very large pressure cooker or very large,
     heavy Dutch oven with lid.

   2.Cook onions till they are translucent.

   3.Stir in celery, potatoes, yam or sweet potato, carrots, and
     zucchini.
   4.Combine garlic powder, saffron (or turmeric), cumin, paprika, salt
     and pepper.
   5.Sprinkle a small amount of seasonings over vegetables.

   6.Place the chicken breasts in a single layer over the vegetables.

   7.Drizzle with a small amount of the olive oil, then sprinkle with
     seasonings.

   8.Top with chicken wings, then legs and thighs, drizzling with more
     oil and sprinkling with remaining
     seasonings on each layer.

   9.Spread the garbanzos over the chicken.

  10.Top the chicken with dried peaches and raisins.

  11.Pour the undrained tomatoes over the top.

  12.Cover pot and cook at low pressure for 45 minutes or, if using a
     dutch oven, cover and place in preheated
     325 oven and bake for 1-3/4 to 2 hours. (Test a thigh for
     doneness.)

  13.To serve: place spoonfuls of steamed couscous in bowls. Place one
     or two pieces of chicken on couscous and
     top with vegetables, beans, fruit and some of the sauce from the
     bottom of the pot.

Makes a lot, but if you're going to this much trouble anyway, you'll
want the leftovers. Nothing worse than reminiscing about a good meal
without being able to partake
again.

-- Mimi

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