Couscous with Lemon, Chicken, and Dates

Couscous with Lemon, Chicken, and Dates

Cinnamon, turmeric, cumin, lemon, and dates give this fragrant chicken its complex spiced, fruity flavor. We pair it with fluffy couscous, a North African pasta made from semolina. Top with fresh cilantro and pomegranate seeds to elevate it into a fancy-occasion-worthy meal.

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What You’ll Need

What You’ll Need

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Prep Time

15 mins

Cook Time

13 mins

Free Time

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  • 1 lb (450g) boneless and skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric, ground
  • ½ teaspoon chili flakes
  • ½ teaspoon cumin, ground
  • black pepper, to taste
  • salt, to taste
  • 1 medium shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup (170g) Moroccan couscous (not pearl / Israeli couscous, which takes longer to cook)
  • ½ cup (70g), about 6-12 dates, pitted and cut into medium dice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 ½ cups (360ml) chicken stock
  • pomegranate seeds (optional)
  • cilantro, chopped (optional)


  1. In a separate bowl, mix together the chicken, cinnamon, turmeric, chili flakes, cumin, salt, and pepper. Let the chicken marinate while preparing the rest of the dish.
  2. Place the shallot and oil in the Anyday dish. Cover with the lid (knob lifted).
  3. Cook in the microwave for 1 minute, or until fragrant.
  4. Add the couscous, chicken stock, dates, and lemon juice to the dish and mix to combine. Place the chicken evenly on top, but do not stir it in.
  5. Cover and cook for 12 minutes, or until the liquid has been absorbed and the chicken is cooked through. Fluff the couscous a bit, and sprinkle with fresh cilantro and pomegranate seeds to garnish.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • Enjoy with a dollop of plain greek yogurt, fresh lemon juice, and a light cucumber salad.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.