Moroccan Style Chicken Drumsticks with Mint Couscous

  • 20MINS
  • 35MINS
  • Serves 6
  • 413KCAL

These Moroccan-style chicken drumsticks are bursting with flavour for little effort. Served with a colourful, zesty couscous and coated in a punchy harissa marinade, we can promise this moreish Moroccan-inspired chicken never gets boring. Party food doesn't get much tastier than this!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories413
  • Carbs19g
  • Protein48g
  • Fat15g
  • Saturates3.8g
  • Sugars5.4g

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These Moroccan Style Chicken Drumsticks are a flavour sensation for little effort. Coated in an irresistible Moroccan-inspired marinade, they’re simply too good to miss. 

With punchy harissa, zesty lemon and garlic, they’re bound to become a go-to party food option. No one will ever be able to taste that they’re slimming friendly!

For only 413 calories per portion, you can enjoy a fluffy batch of couscous on the side too. The combination of fresh mint, citrusy lemon juice and grains, cut through with juicy pomegranate seeds, is to die for. We can’t get enough of those moreish bursts of sweetness!

There’s no need to worry about the fiddly faff of deseeding fresh pomegranate. We’ve used freshly-prepared pomegranate seeds that you can find in the chilled aisle at most supermarkets (no wonder this tasty recipe is ready in under an hour!).

What diets is this Moroccan Style Chicken Drumsticks with Mint Couscous suitable for?

These Moroccan Style Chicken Drumsticks with Mint Couscous can be made gluten free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten-free versions; 

  • Wholewheat couscous

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

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Nope! This recipe is super simple to make and you can find all of the ingredients in your local supermarket.

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A durable ovenproof dish will come in handy for this recipe and so many others.

Couscous makes the perfect flavourful accompaniment to our chicken drumsticks.

How many calories are in this Moroccan Style Chicken Drumsticks with Mint Couscous?

There are 413 calories per portion in these Moroccan Style Chicken Drumsticks with Mint Couscous, which means they fall into our Weekly Indulgence category. 

To cut down the amount of calories even more, you can simply halve the portion size and serve with a healthy accompaniment!

These Moroccan Style Chicken Drumsticks with Mint Couscous are perfect if you’re following a calorie-controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers. 

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Place all of the marinade ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.

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Step 2

Make 3 diagonal cuts on each chicken drumstick and place in a single layer in a medium ovenproof dish.

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Step 3

Spoon the marinade over the drumsticks, turning them to coat all over. Cover and place in the fridge for 30 minutes. Turn the oven on to preheat at 190°C, halfway through the marinating time.

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Step 4

Uncover the drumsticks and place in the preheated oven for 35-45 minutes, or until the juices run clear and there is no sign of pinkness.

Step 5

While the drumsticks are cooking, make the couscous: place the couscous in a medium bowl and pour on 450ml of boiling water.

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Step 6

Stir and then cover with cling film. Leave to soak for 10 minutes until all the water has been soaked up. Use a fork to separate the grains.

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Step 7

Stir in the lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, mint and pomegranate seeds. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.

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Step 8

Place two drumsticks on each plate and place a portion of couscous next to them. Serve with a mixed salad or accompaniment of your choice.

Moroccan Style Chicken Drumsticks with Mint Couscous - Pinch of Nom Slimming Recipes

What could I serve with these Moroccan Style Chicken Drumsticks with Mint Couscous?

There are so many delicious possibilities with these chicken drumsticks. They’ll go really well with these sides:

How do you know when Moroccan Style Chicken Drumsticks with Mint Couscous are cooked?

You’ll need to cook these Moroccan Style Chicken Drumsticks with Mint Couscous for around 35-45 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and no pinkness remains.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe. 

How long can you keep Moroccan Style Chicken Drumsticks with Mint Couscous in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill.  You can keep leftovers of Moroccan Style Chicken Drumsticks with Mint Couscous in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so. 

Can I freeze Moroccan Style Chicken Drumsticks?

Yes, you can! The chicken drumsticks from this recipe can be frozen, but the couscous can’t. Please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer! 

How do I reheat Moroccan Style Chicken Drumsticks?

From chilled: Cover the drumsticks with foil and reheat at 190ºC for about 15-20 minutes or until piping hot throughout. Or reheat, loosely covered, in the microwave for 4-5 minutes or until piping hot throughout.

From frozen: Allow to defrost before reheating as above.

These timings are guidelines only as they will depend on the wattage of your microwave and the quantity being reheated.

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Moroccan Style Chicken Drumsticks with Mint Couscous

These Moroccan-style chicken drumsticks are a delicious party food option! Bursting with flavour for little effort, no one will know they're slimming friendly.
  • Prep Time
    20 MINS
  • Cook Time
    35 MINS
  • KCals 413
  • Carbs 19G

Ingredients

  • 12 skinless chicken drumsticks

For the marinade:

  • 100 g fat-free yoghurt
  • 4 tbsp harissa paste
  • 2 cloves of garlic peeled and crushed
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • salt and black pepper to taste

For the couscous:

  • 300 g wholewheat couscous
  • 450 ml boiling water
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 15 g fresh mint roughly chopped
  • 125 g pomegranate seeds

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Instructions

  1. Place all of the marinade ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.
  2. Make 3 diagonal cuts on each chicken drumstick and place in a single layer in a medium ovenproof dish.
  3. Spoon the marinade over the drumsticks, turning them to coat all over. Cover and place in the fridge for 30 minutes. Turn the oven on to preheat at 190°C, halfway through the marinating time.
  4. Uncover the drumsticks and place in the preheated oven for 35-45 minutes, or until the juices run clear and there is no sign of pinkness.
  5. While the drumsticks are cooking, make the couscous: place the couscous in a medium bowl and pour on 450ml of boiling water.
  6. Stir and then cover with cling film. Leave to soak for 10 minutes until all the water has been soaked up. Use a fork to separate the grains.
  7. Stir in the lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, mint and pomegranate seeds. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
  8. Place two drumsticks on each plate and place a portion of couscous next to them. Serve with a mixed salad or accompaniment of your choice.

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Recipe notes

Tip: You can find prepared pomegranate seeds in the chilled aisle in most supermarkets. This will save you a lot of time, as removing the seeds from a whole pomegranate can be fiddly and takes time.

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