Roasted Curried Chicken with Couscous

Roasted Curried Chicken with Couscous

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"A great blend of exciting and subtle flavors that are infused into the chicken during cooking, making every bite juicy and lively. As 'lively' as the flavor is, it is also great as a winter comfort food. I like to make the chicken just a bit on the spicy side, as when it is served with a side of mildly spiced couscous it mellows just enough. Makes the whole house smell delicious!"

Ingredients 2 h {{adjustedServings}} servings 760 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 760 kcal
  • 38%
  • Fat:
  • 34.5 g
  • 53%
  • Carbs:
  • 69.7g
  • 22%
  • Protein:
  • 42.3 g
  • 85%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 109 mg
  • 36%
  • Sodium:
  • 741 mg
  • 30%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Stir together 2 tablespoons of smoked paprika, chili powder, 7 1/2 teaspoons curry powder, 4 1/2 teaspoons onion powder, salt, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, black pepper, 1/4 teaspoon sage, and ginger in a small bowl. Pour in 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1/2 cup chicken broth, and vegetable oil; stir to form a paste.
  3. Rub a little of the paste on the inside cavity of the chicken, then massage the remaining paste all over the chicken, placing it under the skin where you can. Truss the chicken if desired, and place onto a roasting pan.
  4. Roast in preheated oven until the chicken is no longer pink and the juices run clear, about 90 minutes. If using a meat thermometer, be sure the chicken has reached at least 165 degrees F (75 degrees C) in the thickest part of the thigh.
  5. While the chicken is roasting, bring 1 cup chicken broth, water, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, and butter to a boil in a large saucepan. Stir together the couscous 1 tablespoon curry powder, 2 teaspoons onion powder, 2 teaspoons paprika, 1/2 teaspoon sage, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, and the bay leaf in a large bowl. Stir the couscous into the boiling liquid, and cook for 3 minutes. Turn the heat off and cover. Keep the couscous warm until the chicken is ready.
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Great flavor! I roasted my 5lb chicken on 350 as I usually do, because I was afraid 400 would be too high and mine was perfectly done in 90 minutes. Also, I think there was more than enough rub/paste for the 5 pounder, so if you're doing a 2 1/2 pound chicken as the recipe indicates, you may want ot reduce your rub by half. Thanks for the recipe - a keeper!


This was a very nice curry with some subtle additions. I used it mostly for the spice combination, and it came out great on boneless skinless chicken breasts. Make sure that you use smoked paprika - the plain mccormick stuff will not add anything to the recipe. Also, I was out of couscous so I made grits. The only thing that I changed flavor wise was not no duplicate the spices exactly in the grits - I wanted a little variation. I am sure you could add fruits like raisins or cranberries, and veggies as well. I will use this spice combination again.


I really liked this, it reminds me very much of the chicken at the ethiopian restaurant that I love. I liked the couscous but my kids didn't very much, maybe it's the texture. So next time I'll substitute it for basmati rice instead (like the restaurant). The spices are just right, flavour-wise. As for the amount of spices this recipe makes, SunnyByrd is right, this will stretch easily to accomodate more chicken. Oh ya, I used whole chicken legs instead of the whole chicken and baked them for an hour at the recommended temperature. I also didn't have lemon so used lime instead. Very good, I'll most definitely be making this again!