Couscous Royale

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  • Published Jul 19th
  • Ready In1h 30m
  • Servings6
  • Calories934
Impress your friends with this classic Middle Eastern dish which can be spiced up or toned down according to preference. Great for chilly autumn or winter days. All the prep time is in the chopping, the rest is easy!

Couscous Royale Ingredients

The following are the ingredients needed to make delicious Couscous Royale for 6 servings:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 pounds small chicken thighs
  • 12 ounces Merguez or spicy Italian sausage
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 onions, minced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch rounds
  • 1/2 stalk celery, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 rutabaga, parsnip, or turnip - peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, cut into 1/4 inch strips
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, cut into 1/4 inch strips
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can garbanzo beans
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon harissa, or to taste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 zucchini, halved lengthwise and sliced into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups couscous
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt

Couscous Royale Cooking Instructions

  • Prep45m
  • Cook45m
  • Ready In1h 30m

To cook Couscous Royale, you need about 45 minutes of preparation time. The time needed to cook this Couscous Royale is about 45 minutes , and you can serve your Couscous Royale within 1 hour 30 minutes . The following are the steps to cook Couscous Royale easily:

  1. 1 Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken thighs, skin-side down, and sear until golden brown on both sides; set aside. Reduce heat to medium, add sausage, and cook sausage until no longer pink; set aside.
  2. 2 Stir garlic and onions into skillet; cook until onions have softened and turned translucent. Stir in the carrots, celery, rutabaga, green pepper, red pepper, diced tomatoes, garbanzos, and 2 cups chicken stock. Season with thyme, turmeric, cayenne, harissa, and bay leaf. Cut sausage into 1--inch pieces, and add to skillet along with chicken. Cover, and simmer for 30 minutes until chicken is no longer pink. When the chicken is done, stir in the zucchini, and cook until tender, about 5 minutes.
  3. 3 While the chicken is cooking, mix 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) into couscous in a heatproof bowl. Bring 2 cups of chicken stock to a boil and stir into the couscous, cover, and keep hot.
  4. 4 Serve chicken stew over the couscous with a dollop of yogurt.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 934 calories; 39 grams of fat; 80.4 grams of carbohydrates; 62.2 grams of protein; 169 milligrams of cholesterol; 600 milligrams of sodium.

  1. Dec 6th 2011

    my husband and I both loved this! I used ground Italian sausage and, since I didn't have harissa, used 2 tablespoons of adzhika instead. Will definitely make it again.

  2. Jan 6th 2011

    This was a huge hit at a dinner party- everyone had seconds! This also made way more than 6 servings- more like 10 generous ones. I also found I had enough broth in the meat and vegetable mi ...

  3. Mar 7th 2010

    This was very good. I used 1 lb. chicken breasts and no sausage. Couldn't find harissa anywhere, so skipped it, and subbed a parsnip for the rutabaga - which I didn't really like. The flav ...

  4. Feb 3rd 2010

    I played with this a lot because my husband is not a big tomato fan. I used 2 large chicken breasts and also cut out the sausage to make it lower fat and lower calorie. It was a really yum ...

  5. Nov 8th 2009

    Great recipe! I used spicy Italian sausage only, substituted dry mustard for tumeric, and left out the yogurt. My husband loved it! We will definitely make this recipe again.

  6. Aug 26th 2008

    This is very good and quite impressive. I tend to make it with either just chicken or just sausage depending on what I have in the freezer. The yogurt on top makes it slightly less spicy and ...

  7. May 28th 2008

    I used mild sausage, left out the chicken and halved the recipe (only 2 of us). We still had leftovers. Great flavor.

  8. Feb 21st 2008

    This dish was so good! I forgot to add the yogurt at the end and couldn't find any harissa but otherwise made it the same. Our friends that we had over were impressed and my husband loved ...

  9. Jan 15th 2008

    This dish was so tasty. My boyfriend and I loved it. I did not have chicken thighs (which, I'm sure, would have been lovely) so I quartered a couple chicken breasts. I did not have hariss ...