African Style Chicken with Vegetable Couscous

This is the easiest meal to make; but it is packed with incredible flavour.  Essentially all you need to do is marinade the chicken, then pop it in the oven, and you are on your way to a flavourful and nourishing meal.  My mother always said that anything with apricot jam in it is delicious.  She's right; you can taste a hint of sweet behind the warm mustard and spices.  Recipe for African Chicken adapted from Nigella Lawson's Kitchen p.47

Ingredients for Chicken

4 chicken legs
750g of chicken breasts, cut into pieces
240mL worcestershire sauce
180mL tomato sauce (ketchup)
6 tsp mustard powder
3 tsp ground ginger
3 tbsp apricot jam
2 brown onions, peeled and finely chopped
2 cloves garlic

Mix the worcestershire sauce, ketchup, mustard powder, ginger, apricot jam and onion in a casserole bowl.  Add chicken pieces and legs to this marinade; allow to marinade for around 3-4 hours, or overnight.  Preheat oven to 200 degrees (fan-forced).  Get out a baking dish (the shallower the better, but ensure its deep enough for marinade/chicken not to spill) and drizzle with oil.  Mince the cloves of garlic and lay out evenly in the baking dish.  Pour marinaded chicken (along with marinade) into the baking dish and cook for 1 hour, or until chicken meat is white when sliced open.  During the cooking time, turn over once or twice; while doing so scoop up extra marinade in the pan and pour over chicken pieces.  This will ensure chicken remains succulent and tender.

Ingredients for Couscous
1 red onion
4 small zucchinis, halved lengthways
3 large carrots, halved lengthways
300g pumpkin, chopped into pieces (not cubed at this stage)
1 red capsicum, cut into 5cm wide strips
2 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped

Place prepared vegetables in a baking tray along with some olive oil.  Bake in oven on 220 degrees (fan-forced) for 20 - 25 minutes.  Once cooked, chop into diagonal pieces.  Store in a casserole dish to keep hot whilst making couscous, or while waiting for chicken to cook.  Make 2 cups of dry couscous (read directions on packet) or simply boil 2 cups of water in saucepan along with some oil and salt.  Remove water from heat and add in 2 cups of couscous and leave, covered, for 2-3 minutes.  Return to  low heat with 3 tsp butter, and using a fork, separate the grains. Toss vegetable pieces through couscous; add thyme.  Serve with African Chicken.


  1. Are you baking your way through NL's book? It looks delicious! Your mom is right. I love apricots too. Keep NL's yummies coming. Have not gone to the bookstore yet. Promise myself not to at least for the first quarter of the year! Bought a few books last month and also some gifts from Christmas too! NL will have to wait, but then taking a peek at the bookstore won't hurt my pocket, but my heart will! ^..^

  2. Ce poulet et ce couscous ont l'air délicieux et tout plein de saveurs. J'adore les recette aussi simples!

  3. That's a dish for us! I like the apricot jam in it.

  4. Brittany! This looks amazing and sounds like it's packed with flavors. I bet the apricot and ginger go great together. Happy New Year!!B:)

  5. @ Kitchen Flavours
    It seems as though I'm baking my way through Kitchen doesn't it? I'm not intentionally, but her recipes are just so delicious! Tomorrow I'm planning to make up (and post) a recipe that does not involve Nigella :o
    Oh, and good luck with resisting cook books. I could not possibly do that!

  6. This looks so tasty! We're getting a blizzard in my area so I want to try a warming dish like this.

  7. I love anything with ginger in it so I am sure I would love this. I often make couscous with vegetables it makes it so much nicer. Diane

  8. I love the layers of flavor in this dish. It is really outstanding. Most of Nigella's recipes are first rate. This sounds like one of them. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

  9. Les recettes de Nigella Lawson sont toujours délicieuses.
    Je note cette version.
    See soon.

  10. Apricot jam? You area genius!

  11. This sounds really tasty and perfect for our cold weather. I'll have to have a closer look at that book: I won it just before Christmas and it kind of got lost in the shuffle. Hope you are still high and dry!

  12. Oh I agree! I love apricot jam. This meal looks delicious!

  13. I love easy to cook meals - especially with 2 little ones now. I think I might have to bookmark this one.

  14. This meal sounds and looks absolutely delicious. Yes, your Mommy is so right about the bonus of flavour that the apricot jam imparts. Thanks for this recipe Brittany...I will make this one for sure ;o)


  15. WOW. This looks amazing! I love the apricot and couscous. Couscous has such an interesting texture and the flavour seems to have been adapted from the other ingredients, such as in this recipe - the mustard and apricot.

    I have made an entree (you can see it on my blog) that is a combination of sour and sweet in a cos lettuce leaf. I have called it Mango Chicken Leaves. Something else that you just have to see is my Cheesecake (lime) Tarts. Following this basic cheesecake recipe you can create many variations and develope/ introduce new flavours.

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