Spiced Roast Chicken with Onions, Lentils and Couscous

March 2010
Spiced Roast Chicken with Onions, Lentils and Couscous

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Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 10 mins

Cook: 30 mins

Ingredients
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup couscous
  • 1 cup dry lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled
  • 4 chicken legs, separated into thighs and drumsticks
  • Salt and pepper
  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspooons ground cinnamon
  • 1 onion, chopped
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees . In a large saucepan, bring the chicken broth to a boil. Place the couscous in a medium bowl and drizzle the broth on top; wrap tightly with plastic wrap and let stand for 10 minutes before fluffing with a fork.
  2. In the same saucepan, combine the lentils and garlic with water to cover by 1 1/2 inches. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer until the lentils are tender, about 20 minutes; drain. Discard the garlic, if desired. Stir the lentils into the couscous; reserve the saucepan.
  3. Meanwhile, season the chicken with salt and pepper. In a large bowl, whisk together 2 tablespoons olive oil, the ginger and cinnamon; add the chicken and toss. In a large, ovenproof skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook until golden, 6 to 8 minutes; flip, then transfer the skillet to the oven and roast until cooked through, about 15 minutes.
  4. In the reserved saucepan, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, until golden, about 10 minutes. Stir into the lentil mixture with any reserved pan juices from the chicken; season with salt and pepper. Serve with the chicken.
Tip
  • Peel the ginger by scraping it with the edge of a spoon.
Tip
  • Mash the cooked garlic and stir into the lentil mixture.
Tip
  • Shred leftover chicken and stir into the couscous mixture, then serve in lettuce cups.
Tip PAIR WITH:
  • Cusumano Insolia Cuba 2007 (Italy)
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