Curried Orange Couscous

I had some leftover Moroccan chicken and I wanted to make something different than the roasted potatoes or the Moroccan couscous that I have made before. I decided to go with a fruity, sweet couscous and it ended up tasting great with the chicken. The orange juice and the clove/cinnamon spices in the garam masala were also good together.

Couscous can be pretty plain if you don’t salt it or add enough honey and spices. What I’ve found is that a boring recipe can be made better by adding more fat, salt, or sweetness. Aren’t those the three reasons why anything ever tastes good? So, if you find the recipe needing something more, add one of those three and you won’t go wrong.

Curried Orange Couscous

(Makes 4 Servings)
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  • 1 cup couscous
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 meyer lemon, juice
  • 1/2 orange, juice and zest
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 3 tbsp Honey, or to taste
  • 1 1/2 Cups water
  • 2 tsp salt, or to taste


  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan and add the garam masala, coriander, cinnamon, and cayenne. Roast the spices until fragrant, about a minute.
  2. Add the water and bring to a boil.
  3. Add the couscous, lemon juice, orange juice, zest, and honey. Stir, cover and simmer for about a minute.
  4. Remove from the heat and let sit for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve.

4 Thoughts on “Curried Orange Couscous

  1. Wow, I bet that honey really puts this over the top. Sounds great.

  2. Wow this sounds really flavorful – great side dish idea!

  3. Never thought about doing curried cous cous before. What a nice idea, might have to give this a try in one form or another.

  4. I love orange and couscous – this sounds delicious!

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