Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  2. 3 medium onions peeled, each cut into 6 wedges, root end intact

  3. 4 bay leaves

  4. 4 large cloves garlic , crushed

  5. Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  6. 1 cup good quality pitted large green olives

  7. 5 tablespoons butter

  8. 4 Meyer lemons or organic lemons,

  9. 2 sliced,

  10. 1 zested and juiced, plus

  11. 1 juiced

  12. 1 generous pinch saffron threads,

  13. 12 to 15 threads

  14. 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  15. 1 quart homemade or store-bought chicken stock

  16. 1 1/2 teaspoons turmeric, half a palmful

  17. 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin , half a palmful

  18. 1 pinch ground cinnamon

  19. 1 1/2 to 2 pounds poached chicken, diced or shredded

  20. 1/4 cup pine nuts

  21. 1 1/2 cups couscous

  22. 1/4 cup finely chopped mint leaves

  23. 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley leaves

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil , 2 turns of the pan, in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the onions, bay leaves and garlic and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir for 3 to 4 minutes, then cover the pan and sweat the onions for3 to 4 minutes more. Uncover the pot and stir in the olives.

  2. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon butter in a medium-high sided skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Slice 2 lemons and gently brown the slices, in 2 batches. As they brown, add them to the pan with the onions. Add 3 more tablespoons butter to the pan and let it melt, then add saffron threads and the zest of l lemon to the melted butter and stir for 1 minute. Whisk in the flour, cook for a minute more, then whisk in 2 1/2 cups of the chicken stock. Season the sauce with turmeric , cumin and cinnamon and let thicken for a couple of minutes. Stir in the juice of remaining 2 lemons and reduce the heat to low. Add the chicken and sauce to the onions and gently stir to combine. Cool and store for a make-ahead meal or, cover the pan to warm the chicken through and combine flavors.

  3. When ready to serve, prepare couscous. Put the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter in a medium pot or pan with tight-fitting lid and let it melt over medium heat. Add the pine nuts and gently toast them to light golden brown. Stir in the remaining 1 1/2 cups of chicken stock and bring it to a boil. Stir in the couscous, turn off heat, cover the pan and let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff the couscous with a fork and add the mint and parsley. Spoon the couscous into a serving bowl.

  4. Transfer the chicken mixture to a serving bowl or platter and serve with the couscous.


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