Monday, December 26, 2011

African CousCous - Our Christmas Tradition

This was posted a couple years ago but I have been asked again for the recipe so, here's a duplicate post. Christmas Eve is usually a huge variety of foods but Christmas Day couscous is our traditional meal.

1 Tbsp. oil ( use olive oil)
2 to 3 lbs. chicken (I use boneless, skinless breast tenders)
2 yellow onion, sliced
4 cloves finely chopped garlic
3 tsp. ground coriander (I heap the tsp.)
2 Tbsp. instant chicken bouillon (I use "Better Than Bouillon")
2 tsp. ground red pepper
2 tsp. ground turmeric (heaping)
7-9 zucchini, cut into 1/2 inch slices
2 lbs. baby carrots
2 2/3 cups of plain couscous
1 1/2 cup raisins

Cook chicken in oil until slightly brown on all sides then place in large pot. (Big stock pot) Add to large pot carrots, onions, garlic, coriander, bouillon, red pepper, and turmeric. Cover with water and heat to boiling. Let simmer a 10-15 minutes than add zucchini. Cook until chicken turns yellow and vegetables are done. Serve over couscous. (I sometimes let this simmer an hour but you don't have to wait that long.)

In a two quart bowl, mix couscous, raisins, and a 1/2 tsp. of salt then pour 2 cups of boiling water over it. Let stand 5-7 minutes until all the water is absorbed. In a large skillet, put 2 sticks (1 cup) of butter or margarine and 2 rounded/heaping tsp. ground turmeric. When butter is melted and turmeric mixed in, add the couscous. Cook and stir until all the couscous looks yellow and is fluffy like rice.


  1. We used to eat CousCous so much I think we got sick of it! lol Haven't had it in a long time. Maybe we'll try your recipe for it. Thanks!

  2. Jen - it is nice to hear from you. I saw your mom at Bro. Morton's anniversary and was asking her about you. Hope everything is fantastic with you!

    Most of the time I have seen couscous served, it is rather plain without much flavor. This recipe with the raisins, butter, and tumeric gives it a bigger flavor. If you try it, let me know if you like it. :)

  3. I will definitely have to try out the recipe then! Maybe I will make it come back to life in our house! lol My mom told me she saw you and that you said to say HI! :) I am doing good and I hope you are too. Hope your foot is still doing fantastic! So glad God healed you. I told my boss about your testimony and about God's healing power.