Nadiya's Family Favourites: Grapefruit Chicken Stew with Couscous

Elevate a simple stew with an unexpected citrusy addition.

Elevate a simple stew with an unexpected citrusy addition

(Credit: Hungry Gap Productions Ltd.)

"When I see fruit, I don’t just see dessert or sweets. I love using fruit in my savoury cooking too. Citrus works just as well with savoury dishes as it does with sweet. The old grapefruit doesn’t get much air time though. I love its combination of sweet and bitter, which works really nicely with the chicken. This stew is such a simple thing to make, but the grapefruit adds some razzle dazzle." - Nadiya Hussain

Grapefruit Chicken Stew with Couscous

By Nadiya Hussain


For the stew:

  • 1kg skinless boneless chicken thighs, diced
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 4 tbsp olive oil, plus a little extra
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 large grapefruit, juice and zest
  • 500ml hot water
  • 2 tbsp cornflour mixed with 2 tbsp water
  • A large handful of fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped

For the couscous:

  • 400g couscous
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter (30g)
  • 550ml boiling water


Put the chicken into a bowl, add ½ teaspoon of turmeric and mix until all the chicken is covered. Place a large saucepan on the hob on 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, onions and salt and cook until the onions are soft — this can take 10–15 minutes. 

Now add the cumin, chili flakes and another ½ teaspoon of turmeric and cook for a few minutes. 

Add the grapefruit juice, about 150ml, and the zest, along with the browned chicken. Mix through, then add the hot water.

Stir in the cornflour/water mix, then cover the pan and cook for 30 minutes. 

Meanwhile put the couscous into a bowl and stir in the salt. Put the butter on top. Pour in the boiling water until it reaches about 1cm 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 the stew with the couscous.

Yield: Makes 6 servings

This recipe originally appeared on Nadiya's Family Favourites - Series 1. Stream it now on CBC Gem


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