Green Harissa



  1. Use kitchen shears to remove the back bone from each chicken. Flatten the chickens by pressing down firmly. Place on a baking tray. Rub with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, then sprinkle with za’atar.   .
  2. Heat an oiled barbecue over a medium-high heat. Place the chickens, skin side down, onto the grill and cook 2 minutes or until charred. Turn the chickens, then reduce the heat to low. Cover with barbecue hood and cook 30 minutes, then turn and cook a further 10 minutes or until cooked through. Add lemons to barbecue, cut side down and cook for 1 minute. Remove chicken and lemons from barbecue, cover with foil and set aside for 10 minutes.
  3. While chicken is cooking, prepare CousCous. Place chicken stock and remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a medium saucepan and bring to the boil. Remove from the heat and stir in CousCous. Cover and allow to stand 3 minutes, then stir with a fork over a very low heat for 3 minutes to separate grains. Spread CousCous onto an oven tray. Set aside to cool.
  4. Meanwhile, make green harissa. Place coriander seeds, cumin seeds and turmeric in a small frying pan. Cook over a low heat, stirring for 3 minutes or until fragrant. Set aside to cool. Place cooled spice mixture and salt in a small food processor and process until finely ground. Add all remaining green harissa ingredients and process until very finely chopped. Place harissa in a small bowl. Cover and set aside.
  5. Add onion, capsicum, figs, cashews and coriander leaves to the cooled CousCous and stir to combine.
  6. Combine all dressing ingredients in a screw top jar and shake well. Pour over salad and toss to combine. Top with extra cashews and coriander leaves.
  7. Cut chicken into portions. Serve with grilled lemons, green harissa and CousCous salad
  8. Tips:
  9. Za’atar is a blend of Middle Eastern herbs, spices and seeds. It can be bought at delicatessens and gourmet food shops
  10. Grilling lemons not only heats them up, which is nice for spritzing over hot food, it also helps loosen up and release their juices

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