Food and Cooking

Grapefruit chicken stew with couscous – Recipe

Citrus works just as well with savoury dishes as it does with sweet. Grapefruit’s combination of sweet and bitter works really nicely in Nadiya’s simple chicken stew.

For the stew
1kg/2lb 4oz skinless boneless chicken thighs, diced
1 tsp ground turmeric
4 tbsp olive oil, plus a little extra
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 tsp salt
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp chilli flakes
½ tsp ground turmeric
1 large grapefruit, juice and zest
500ml/18fl oz hot water
2 tbsp cornflour mixed with 2 tbsp water

large handful fresh flatleaf parsley, finely chopped
For the couscous
400g/14oz couscous
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp unsalted butter
550ml/1 pint boiling water

Put the chicken into a bowl, add half a teaspoon of turmeric and mix until all the chicken is covered. Place a large saucepan over a medium to high heat and add the oil. Fry the chicken in batches, until cooked and brown around the edges. Put back into the bowl and set aside.

Add a little extra oil, about a tablespoon, to the pan. Add the garlic, onion and salt and cook until the onions are soft – this can take 10–15 minutes. Now add the cumin, chilli flakes and another ½ teaspoon of turmeric and cook for a few minutes.

Add the grapefruit juice, about 150ml/5fl oz, and the zest, along with the browned chicken. Mix through, then add the measured hot water. Stir in the cornflour and water mixture, then cover the pan and cook for 30 minutes.

Put the couscous into a bowl, stir in the salt and top with the butter on top. Pour in the boiling water until it reaches about 1cm/½in above the couscous. Cover, then set aside so that the couscous can soak up the water. When the chicken stew is cooked, take it off the heat and add the parsley. Serve with the couscous.