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Chicken with Couscous, honey and cinnamon

A few weeks ago Lindsay came over for lunch and Sam made this River Cottage recipe. I’m in no way ashamed to admit that since then, I’ve made and eaten it multiple times because it’s delicious and couscous is one of those quick and delicious foods. Plus, I NEVER tire of the joke “Couscous, so nice you’ll say it twice!” (The epitome of Dad-humor.)

Chicken with Couscous, Honey and Cinnamon
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(Adapted from Hugh Fearnley-Whittinstall’s “River Cottage Everyday” cookbook)

150 g chicken
about 3 tablespoons of olive oil
75 g blanched almonds
1 onion, finely chopped
1 clove of garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
125 g of couscous
1 tablespoon of honey
250 ml of chicken stock
zest of 1/2 a lemon
Squeeze of lemon juive
Chopped mint (optional)
salt and pepper to taste.

Drizzle some olive oil on your chicken, and season it with salt and pepper, then pop it into your oven to cook. (Do this ahead of time as the recipe uses cold chicken.) When your chicken has cooked, let it cool and cut it into small pieces.

Put your almonds into a frying pan and toast them over medium heat for several minutes, until they are golden brown. Let them cool and then give them a rough chop.

Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a small saucepan and add the onion, garlic and a dash of salt and pepper and gently saute them for about 10 minutes, or until softened. Then add in the cinnamon, take the saucepan off the heat, and stir in the couscous. In a separate pan, bring your chicken stock to a boil and add in the honey. Then pour your stock/honey mixture over your couscous saucepan. Cover and let sit for about 10 minutes. It’ll be done with the couscous is fluffy and has absorbed all the liquid. Transfer it all to a bowl, fluff it up a bit with a fork and allow it to cool.

Then toss in the chicken pieces, almonds, lemon zest and lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. You can finish with some chopped mint if you like. Luckily the leftover are just as great as the first time!

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Do you have a favourite quick leftover lunch?

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  • This looks really yummy! I haven’t tried couscous before. I bet it tastes good!

  • Guess what we’re having for dinner now…! Thank you!!

  • OMG, this sounds amazing! I love couscous… it’s so quick to cook.

    • That’s what I love most about it! I mean, it’s delicious and you can flavour it in so many different ways…but you just can’t beat the quick cooking time! x

  • thisandthatblog

    Wow, this looks amazing! I love making couscous for lunch, but I never add much flavour to it, I just throw in other salad ingredients. I’m definitely trying this honey & cinnamon concoction soon.
    Laura xx

  • Couscous for the win! x

  • I’ve always loved the texture of couscous; it’s so fun to eat 🙂 This recipe sounds (and looks) delicious — I may have to try it soon!

    • Couscous is one of my favourite things to eat. Mostly because of how easy and quick it is to cook! x

  • I never would have thought of the combination of honey and chicken but it sounds delicious!

  • That sounds amazing! I’m going to make it for lunch on Monday.

  • Anna Berry

    Looks delish! I would never have thought of chicken and cinnamon, but I might try it sometime, it looks like an easy way to use up leftover chicken and pass it off as a New Meal (not that I’d ever do that….)

  • I scrolled through this yesterday on Bloglovin’ and literally, my mouth has been watering for it ever since. That sounds weird but it just sounds SO GOOD. Think I might try it out for dinner tonight!

    • It sounds really weird, but you just have to trust that it all comes together… somehow… x

  • Haha, that cous cous joke is the best. It was thrown around A LOT in Morocco!

  • thisandthatblog

    This looks delicious and is so similar to my favourite: roasted veg and feta couscous. You really can’t beat couscous can you! Fi x

  • YUM! Yum…oh I miss couscous!

    • Oh no! I wonder if you could find it a specialty store (without it costing an arm and a leg.) x

  • delicious, the addition of cinnamon is a great spin on this dish. it’s such a great spice for health benefits

  • Oh this looks good! We love couscous in our household and leftovers that are just as good the next day are a must when only cooking for 2 I think. We must try this recipe out. Yum! Xx

  • This looks way too incredible and I have to try it. The idea of cinnamon and chicken scares me a little but never hurts to try it once 🙂 Thanks so much for the recipe!!

    xx Sarah | Loser Girl Wins

    • Haha, I know it sounds really really weird, but you’ll just have to give it a go. It comes together in the end, trust me. 🙂 x

  • This looks yummylicious (yes, I just made a word up!) and I am going to have to make this, or actually if I am being honest get my boyfriend to make as he is the cook in our household haha!


  • I actually might make this for a meal next week using leftover roast chicken that I’m determined to make on Sunday. It was sooooo good xx

  • HAHAHAHAHA that joke. it’s SUCH a dad joke! I love it.

  • This sounds SO good! I love couscous and I love cinnamon with chicken!