Chicken legs with couscous and pomegranates

by smth good on January 14, 2011

in meat&poultry

A simple and efficient way to use the chicken legs after preparing a hearty chicken stock, served with a perfect side dish inspired by the fascinating Arab cuisine that combines sweet and aromatic with fresh and spicy ingredients.

I love couscous in this particular combination – with fresh mint and astringent pulp of pomegranates.

Serves 2, prep. time 30 minutes

Utensils: oven tray, soup pot with lid, a small salad bowl


for chicken

  • 2 chicken legs (boiled)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, diced
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • freshly ground pepper

for couscous

  • 1 cup couscous
  • 1 cup chicken stock (hot)
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate arils
  • 2 tbsp chopped mint leaves
  • freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 190ºC (370ºF).

In a small salad bowl mix the garlic with olive oil, paprika, curry powder, cumin and pepper.  Place the chicken legs in the tray and cover with the spices. Bake for 15 minutes in the oven until browned.

In the meantime, pour hot chicken stock over the couscous (in a soup pot), cover  and let to infuse for 10 minutes. Take the lid off and mix lightly using a fork so that the couscous remains fluffy. Add the mint leaves, freshly ground pepper and pomegranate arils and mix.

Serve the chicken legs with the couscous.

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Kate @ January 14, 2011 at 6:30 pm

That’s a great idea – I’d love to have that popping flavor of pomegranates in my couscous! Thanks for sharing your recipe.


Belinda @zomppa January 14, 2011 at 8:06 pm

I love the combination of these flavors. Some of my favorites!


Veronica Gantley January 14, 2011 at 10:48 pm

This looks so good. I will have to try. I am always looking for new chicken recipes.


Lin Ann January 23, 2011 at 11:56 pm

When pomegranates are in season here I try to add them to many dishes. I’ve used them in rice but didn’t think of couscous – perfect! Looks delicious!


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