Savory & Sweet Couscous Stew With Chicken Thighs, Yams, & Cranberries

by @Adas_Appetite
4-6 Servings
45 min

You guys this meal is so full of flavor and wonderful texture. It's the perfect weeknight dinner for fall and an easy crowd pleaser for a dinner party!

I grew up eating a lot of couscous and have spent many years experimenting with different ways to eat it. This has been a go to recipe of mine when I first moved out and lived on my own. It's so easy to make a big batch of it and it tastes amazing as left overs!

It's got such a wonderful mix of flavors. You have the savories from the cumin, turmeric and paprika, mixed in with some sweetness from the dried cranberries and cinnamon.

I purchased the chicken thighs from a local butcher in my neighbourhood, Meridian Farm Market, that has the best cuts of meat.

I promise you this is a beautiful and delicious meal that will not leave you disappointed!

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Savory & Sweet Couscous Stew With Chicken Thighs, Yams, & Cranberries
Recipe details
  • 4-6  Servings
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 30 Minutes Total time: 45 min
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  • 6 - 8 boneless and skinless chicken thighs, diced
  • 1 large yam, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 1 chicken bullion cube
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tbsp turmeric
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 2 tbsp cumin
  • 1 cup uncooked Israeli couscous
  • Handful of parsley chopped (save some for garnish)

Heat a large pan on medium to high heat, drizzle with a bit of olive oil and sautee onion and garlic until translucent
Add the chicken thighs and stir until cooked
Add all the spices and stir well until the chicken thighs are fully coated
Add the diced yam and mix well
Add tomatoes, stir well and bring to a boil
Add water and bullion cube, stir until cube is fully dissolved and mixed well with the rest of the ingredients in the pan.
Add dried cranberries and stir
Stir frequently and cook until cranberries are plump and yams are tender
Add couscous and stir and mix well until it absorbs water and is cooked. If you need more water, add a little bit at a time.
When couscous is cooked, add parsley and mix it in.
Serve immediately with additional parsley for garnish.
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  • June June on Oct 07, 2020

    this recipe sounds interesting, but how many yams does it call for...not listed in the ingredients

    • @Adas_Appetite @Adas_Appetite on Oct 07, 2020

      Thank you for catching that! I'll update the ingredient list. I used 1 large yam.

  • Kim Wright Kim Wright on Oct 07, 2020

    How much chicken and yams? Ingredients don’t show.... whoops!

    • @Adas_Appetite @Adas_Appetite on Oct 08, 2020

      So sorry about that, don't know why they didn't show up in the ingredient list. I've updated it. You can be flexible with how much chicken to use. It really depends on how "meaty" you want to make the dish. I used 6 medium sized boneless, skinless chicken thighs that I diced into bite size pieces.