Serving size: 4 Preparation time: 60 min Cooking time: 90 min
1.5 kg plump Tanmia whole Chicken
3/4 cup chickpeas, soaked overnight in plenty of water
1 large onion, peeled and grated
1 bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley, tied with string
½ tsp ground black pepper
1 good pinch saffron
4 tbsp olive oil
3 cups water
3 large carrots, peeled
2 large waxy potatoes, peeled
1 small white cabbage
4 cups slice of pumpkin or other squash
4 tomatoes, peeled and seeded
2 ½ cups pre-cooked couscous
Bring a pan of water to the boil and boil the drained chickpeas hard for 5 minutes. Strain.
Wash the chicken well inside and out with salt. Place it in the bottom of the couscoussier with the grated onion, parsley, pepper saffron, oil, water and chickpeas. Bring to the boil, cover and leave to simmer for 30 minutes.
Cut the carrots into half across and then into quarters lengthways. Do the same to the potatoes and courgettes. Cut the cabbage into eights. Cut the pumpkin or squash into thick chunks. Roughly chop the tomatoes.
Add the vegetables to the cooking pot, together with a little more water if necessary and a good pinch of salt. Leave to cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until the vegetables are very tender. Prepare the couscous according to the instructions on the packet.