Chicken with couscous, honey and cinnamon

For the next six months the I heart cooking clubs member are going to be celebrating the recipes of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. This allows me to buy new cookbooks and my cookbook library gets new additions.

Hugh Fearnly-Whittingstall Cookbooks

I have a weakness for British chefs like Diana Henry, Gary Rhodes or Nigel Slater. I am very excited to try Hugh’s recipes. To welcome him I chose

Chicken with couscous, honey and cinnamon

Chicken with couscous, honey and cinnamon (1)

from River Cottage Everyday *. I am a „luncher“, my main meal is lunch. This book has a lunch box section with many ideas for delicious lunches at work.

Chicken with couscous, honey and cinnamon

Yield: 2 servings

Chicken with couscous, honey and cinnamon (2)

Chicken with couscous, honey and cinnamon is an interesting alterative to chicken sandwich


  • 75 grams blanched almonds; I used almond flakes
  • 2 tablespoons rapeseed or olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 125 grams couscous
  • 1 tablespoon runny honey
  • About 250 m1 boiling water, or chicken or vegetable stock
  • About 150 grams cold cooked chicken, cut into small pieces
  • 1 small pickled lemon, pulp discarded and skin finely chopped, alternative: 1/2 fresh lemon, the grated zest
  • A good squeeze of lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley or mint; I used both
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


ISBN: 978-0747598404 *

inspired by:
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstal
River Cottage Everyday *
ISBN: 978-074759840


  1. Put the almonds in a dry frying pan and toast over a medium heat for a few minutes. tossing occasionally, until golden brown. Leave to cool. then chop them very roughly.
  2. Heat the oil in a small saucepan, add the onion, garlic and some salt and pepper and sweat gently for about 10 minutes, until softened. Add the cinnamon, then take off the heat and stir in the couscous.
  3. Stir the honey into the boiling water or stock until dissolved, then pour over the couscous (it should just cover it) and put a tight-fitting lid on the pan. Leave for 10 minutes, until the couscous has swollen up and absorbed all the liquid. Fluff it up with a fork, transfer to a bowl and leave to cool.
  4. Toss the chicken pieces, almonds, pickled lemon or zest, and the lemon juice into the couscous and season to taste.
    Pack into a lunchbox, or pile into a serving dish for serving at the table. Either way, finish with a sprinkling of parsley or mint and a good grinding of black pepper.

total time: 30 minutes
preparation time: 5 minutes
cooking/baking time: 10 minutes

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Photo Credit: I ♥ Cooking Clubs
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12 thoughts on “Chicken with couscous, honey and cinnamon

  1. Kim @ Stirring The Pot

    I’m a luncher too, sometimes choosing to skip dinner or have a light snack. This is a perfect lunch and one that would be great served warm or even cold. Light enough to allow you to go about your day but filling enough to satisfy. Yum!

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  3. Barbara

    Ich habe auch ein Kochbuch von ihm (und tue mich schwer, mich zurückzuhalten, weitere zu kaufen; aber das kennen wir ja alle…) und mag seine Rezepte. Das hier mit dem leicht orientalischen Touch gefällt mir gut.

    1. kuechenlatein Beitragsautor

      Oh, bald habe ich vier von ihm, einem Schnäppchen konnte ich nicht widerstehen. Hugh liegt mir jedenfalls sehr viel näher als Heidi mit ihrem für mich halb um die Welt gekarrten Superfood

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