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Harissa roast chicken with couscous stuffing

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  • Dairy free
  • Egg free
  • Gluten free
  • Lactose free
  • Peanut free
  • Nut free
  • Sesame free
  • Soy free
  • Wheat free
  • Shellfish free
  • Seafood free

We made this harissa roast chicken with couscous stuffing in the MasterChef Roaster. It’s part of the MasterChef Cookware range from Coles. 

  • Serves6
  • Cook time2 hour 10 minutes
  • Prep time20 minutes, + 5 mins standing & 15 mins resting time
Harissa roast chicken with couscous stuffing


  • 30g butter
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 cup (250ml) salt-reduced chicken stock
  • 1 cup (200g) couscous
  • 1/4 cup (40g) dried currants
  • 1/4 cup chopped coriander
  • 2.5kg Coles RSPCA Approved Whole Chicken
  • 1 tbs harissa paste or harissa seasoning
  • 1 tbs olive oil

Carrot salad

  • 4 carrots, peeled, cut into matchsticks
  • 1/4 cup (40g) dried currants
  • 60g pkt Coles Australian Baby Rocket
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) honey-mustard dressing

Nutritional information

Per serve: Energy: 3683kJ/881 Cals (42%), Protein: 49g (98%), Fat: 56g (80%), Sat Fat: 18g (75%), Sodium: 429mg (21%), Carb: 43g (14%), Sugar: 18g (20%), Dietary Fibre: 6g (20%).

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  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 200°C. Place a wire rack over a roasting pan. Melt the butter in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, for 3 mins or until soft. Add the garlic and cumin and cook, stirring, for 30 secs or until aromatic. Add stock and bring to the boil. 

  2. Step 2

    Place couscous in a heatproof bowl. Stir in onion mixture. Cover and set aside for 5 mins or until liquid is absorbed. Use a fork to separate grains. Add currants and coriander and toss to combine. 

  3. Step 3

    Pat chicken dry with paper towel. Spoon the couscous mixture into the cavity, reserving any extra mixture. Use kitchen string to tie legs together. Place on the rack.

  4. Step 4

    Combine the harissa and oil in a bowl. Brush all over the chicken. Roast for 20 mins. Reduce oven to 180°C and roast for a further 1 hour 40 mins or until juices run clear when the thickest part of thighs are pierced with a skewer. Transfer to a serving platter. Cover with foil and set aside for 15 mins to rest.

  5. Step 5

    To make the carrot salad, toss the carrot, currants, rocket and dressing in a serving bowl to combine. 

Recipe tip

Serve with lemon wedges

Smart swap
Already have dried apricots or dates in the pantry? Either work well as a sweet substitute for the currants in this recipe. Just make sure to coarsely chop them before adding to the couscous mixture.