Algerian/Moroccan Chicken Couscous: #16 of 1000 Sustainable Food Experiments

What happens when you marry couscous, or little balls of pasta, with oranges, lemons, cumin, chicken, and a bright array of vegetables? Kind of a party in your mouth. My kids’ reaction: “Wow! My tongue is so confused. Can I have some more?” I hope your family enjoys this healthy and tasty creation too. Feel free to improvise with whatever veggies you have on hand!

This is part of our 1,000 Food Experiments to create sustainable meals for our family and hopefully yours.

Ingredients ($14 total)

1 16 oz package Harvest Grains blend (mostly Israeli Style Couscous, but also includes red and green orzo, split baby garbanzo beans, and red quinoa) or straight couscous – $2.99
3 1/2 cups water – free
1 tbsp butter – $0.16
1/2 cup raisins – $0.50
1/2 cup orange juice – $0.37
1 lemon – $0.20
2 tsp cumin – $0.56
2 tbsp olive oil – $0.20
1 chopped onion – $0.50
1 1/2 pounds chicken breast – $4.91
1 cup chopped cucumber – $0.65
1 chopped red bell pepper – $0.79
1 cup chopped green beans – $0.99 (we got these free from the farm)
1/4 cup chopped chives – $0.90
Salt and pepper to taste


1. In a medium pot, bring the water to a boil and then add the butter, couscous, raisins, and stir. Bring back to a boil and turn the heat off, leaving the pot covered on the burner to soak in the water. After 10 minutes it should be ready to fluff with a fork.

In a small bowl, combine the orange juice, squeezed lemon, cumin, salt and pepper, and mix well.

2. In a large pan, heat the olive oil and cook the onion on medium-high heat until it starts to brown, about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the chopped bell pepper and green beans, and cook another 5 minutes, then add the chopped chicken and cook 5 minutes more, until the chicken is cooked through and not pink.

3. In a large bowl, gently mix the fluffed couscous blend, chicken and veggie stirfry, cucumbers, and sauce all together until thoroughly combined. Sprinkle the chives over the top. Serve on a large platter or in individual bowls. Great as leftovers too!

Sustainability Score (explained here)

  • Time to make: 3 = <1 hour
  • Servings:  3 = >6 servings
  • Cost per person (prices based on Trader Joe’s/Costco): 3 = <$5
  • Deliciousness: 3 = when are we having this again?
  • Environmental impact: 2 = moderate impact
  • Nutritional value: 3 = optimal nutrition
  • TOTAL: 17/18

If you tried it, please let me know how it came out for you. Wishing you and your family a healthy, happy day!

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