Spiced Poussin with Saffron and Figs and Fragrant Couscous

spiced poussin with saffron and figs and fragrant couscous

Spiced Poussin with Saffron and Figs and Fragrant Couscous

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Servings: 4
Calories: 564
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 6 small onions peeled and quartered
  • 2.5 cm 1 in fresh root ginger piece, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds crushed
  • large pinch saffron strands
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • cinnamon stick
  • 2 poussins about 12 oz each
  • 9 oz pack ready-to-eat dried figs

for the couscous

  • 5 floz reserved liquid from the poussin see above or chicken or vegetable stock
  • 9 oz couscous
  • 1 tsp harissa paste or 1 large red chilli deseeded and left whole
  • 2 oz blanched almonds toasted
  • 2 oz golden raisins chopped fresh
  • 2 tbsp flat-leaf parsley
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh mint to garnish


  • Preheat the oven to 190°C/170°C fan oven/Gas Mark 5. Heat the oil in a flameproof casserole large enough to hold the poussins side by side and fry the onions for about 10 minutes or until soft and golden. Add the ginger and fry for 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the coriander seeds, saffron, turmeric and cinnamon stick and fry together for a further 2 minutes.
  • Place the poussins in the casserole, breast-side down, and cook until lightly browned. Scatter the figs around and pour in 500 ml (17 fl oz) of boiling water. Season with plenty of salt and pepper, cover tightly and cook for 1 hour.The flesh of the poussins should be falling off the bone.
  • Lift the poussins, figs, onion and cinnamon stick from the cooking liquid with a slotted spoon; discard the cinnamon stick. Place the poussins and figs in an ovenproof dish, then cover and keep warm in a low oven. Reserve the liquid to prepare the couscous.
  • Bring the cooking liquid from the poussins to the boil in a small pan. Take the pan off the heat and stir in the couscous, harissa and the almonds and raisins.
  • Cover with foil and leave to soak for 10 minutes. Fluff up the couscous grains with a fork and garnish with the herbs. Remember to remove the chilli, if using. Serve the poussins on a bed of couscous.
Calories: 564 kcal
Carbohydrates: 94 g
Protein: 15 g
Fat: 16g
Saturated Fat: 2 g
Trans Fat: 1 g
Cholesterol: 1 mg
Sodium: 85 mg
Potassium: 813 mg
Fiber: 11 g
Sugar: 19 g
Vitamin A: 573 IU
Vitamin C: 19 mg
Calcium: 132 mg
Iron: 3 mg
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