Moroccan Chicken Stew with Chickpeas and Couscous

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This Moroccan-style chicken stew is easy to make and inexpensive but jam-packed with vegetables and flavour. The sultanas add a little burst of sweetness that compliments the earthiness of the spices.

Moroccan inspired chicken and vegetable stew with couscous

This Moroccan style chicken stew includes chickpeas and vegetables making it tasty, healthy, and cheap as well.

The dish is inspired by an old Margaret Fulton recipe from my first-ever cookbook that my mother gave me when I was fifteen. If you’re Australian of my era or older, then your first cookbook may have also been a Margaret Fulton one!

The difference between Mrs Fulton’s version of this dish and mine is that I’ve eliminated many, many of the steps. I’ve also turned this into a one-pot dish that’s quicker and easier (and has less washing up!).

No doubt Mrs Fulton’s version is better. However, my version still has lots of flavour. What’s more, it’s perfect if you don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen.

As with many spice dishes, there are quite a few ingredients in this dish, but most are pantry staples and if you have a well-stocked pantry, the only things you need to buy are the chicken and vegetables.

This Moroccan inspired stew isn’t spicy hot, which makes it perfect for kids. They also love the sultanas in the dish! You can add some chilli when serving if you like a bit of spice.

Thigh fillets are succulent and tasty, but chicken breast works just as well in this dish. I can get two meals for a family of four from the recipe below using just one chicken breast!

If the recipe doesn’t quite make two meals for your family, bulk  it out with more veggies to make it cheaper.

Yield: 4 Serves

Moroccan Style Chicken Stew with Chickpeas and Cous Cous

Moroccan inspired chicken and vegetable stew with couscous

This easy version of a Moroccan style stew doesn't compromise on flavour. Packed with vegetables for a healthy and delicious meal. The sultanas add little bites of sweetness to the dish.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 1 – 2 chicken breast, roughly cubed (or 2 – 3  thigh fillets)
  • butter
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 large carrot, cut into sticks
  • 400g pumpkin, cubed
  • 1/2 can tomatoes (or 2 large tomatoes diced)
  • 2 zucchini, cut into sticks
  • 1x 400g tin of chickpeas
  • 1/2 cup sultanas
  • 1 cup of couscous
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Melt butter in a large saucepan and brown the chicken pieces. Add the garlic, spices, bay leaf and tomato paste, season and cook for a further few minutes until golden.
  2. Add carrots, pumpkin, tomatoes and just enough water to cover. Cover, bring to the boil and simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Add the zucchini, chickpeas and sultanas, cover and cook for a further 10 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Leave the lid off for the last part of the cooking time to thicken the sauce slightly.
  4. To make the couscous, bring 1 cup of salted water to the boil. Turn the heat off and add the couscous, shaking the saucepan to ensure all couscous is covered with water. Put the lid on and let sit for a few minutes. Add butter to taste and fluff with a fork. Serve chicken with the couscous.


Make double and freeze for an easy meal.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 497Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 59mgSodium: 199mgCarbohydrates: 75gFiber: 13gSugar: 22gProtein: 34g

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