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Spicy chicken soup with couscous (to cure even the worst cold)

September 18, 2009

You will need

  • 1.5kg chicken
  • olive oil
  • 2 brown onions
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground paprika
  • 1 tsp of harissa
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 100g couscous
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
  • 2 tsp chopped mint
  • 3 tbsp chermoula

To cook

Joint the chicken into 8 pieces. Fry the chicken for 3 minutes then reduce the heat and add the onion, cumin, paprika and harissa. Add one liter of water and bring to the boil.

Grate the tomatoes (without the seeds – scoop them out first), add to the pan along with the sugar, tomato paste, cinnamon, some salt and pepper. Simmer for 1 hour.

Remove the chicken and strip it off the bone. Return the meat to the pan along with some more water (around 500ml). Add the couscous once it has come back to the boil/ Simmer for 20 mins uncovered. Add herbs and chermoula.

Serve with some lemon

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 2, 2010 4:55 pm

    Did it cure your cold?

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