Monthly Archives: December 2011

Middle-eastern style feast in under an hour? yes please!


Middle eastern style chicken!


Doesn’t that sound good? To me it does. And it’s very easy to make. You don’t have to slave around in the kitchen for hours to be able to make a delicious meal for you and your family. They’ll all think you’ve been cooking for days to prepare this lovely meal 😛


So, what will you need?


For 4 people


8 chicken drumsticks

400g couscous

3 spring onions- chopped

half a cucumber-chopped

2 large tomatoes-diced

half a bunch of fresh coriander


chicken stock (liquid you’ll soak the couscous in)

middle eastern spice mix or coriander, cumin ,paprika & chilli powder

2-3 tbsp of honey

1 tbsp of mustard

3 tbsp olive oil

1clove of garlic crushed


all you have to do is make your marinade first. Mix the mustard , honey ,spices, garlic, and olive oil. Add salt and pepper to your taste. Rub the chicken with most of the marinade. Put it in an oven proof dish lined with aluminium foil and bake in 180C for about 35 min. then turn the heat up to 210C (or set it under the grill for 10 more minutes, so the skin becomes crisp and dark brown.)


while chicken is cooking, prepare your couscous salad. I like to serve it warm, but not hot. I soak the couscous in chicken stock instead of water, I season the stock with pepper and I repeat the spices I marinated the chicken in just to echo the flavours (cumin, paprika, coriander, chilli.). let it soak for about 5 min , when the grain is dry and puffed up, and doesn’t stick , and when there’s no liquid left in the pot- it’s ready. Then I mix through the vegetables and fresh coriander. I put a big pile of salad on a big plate and pop the chicken on top 😉 looks very festive. You could sprinkle it with flaked almonds or pomegranate seeds. You could also add some grilled halloumi cheese to the dish 😉


it’s very yum.. hum of spices, sweetness of the honey, salty couscous and crunchy, refreshing vegetables. It’s a perfect combo.

Here’s how it looked, hope you like it 😉