Quick Couscous with Raisins and Carrots Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Quick Couscous with Raisins and Carrots Recipe
  • READY IN 20 mins

Quick Couscous with Raisins and Carrots

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"I make this when I need a quick side dish for chicken or pork. If you make couscous (a Middle Eastern pasta) a pantry staple, you usually have all the ingredients on hand! Add other veggies (zucchini, corn, peas, etc.) to make it your own."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    5 mins

    20 mins


  1. Heat the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat, and cook and stir the carrots and onion until the carrots begin to soften and the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Pour in the chicken broth and water, and bring the mixture to a boil. Stir in the couscous, mixing well to avoid lumps, cover, and remove from the heat. Let the couscous stand covered until the water is absorbed, about 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in the raisins, and serve hot.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 26, 2010

I made this with no water, all chicken broth, and a bit more raisins. I also used corn instead of carrots (it's what was in the freezer)... I have to say that couscous is typically bland to begin with! But this was a very quick and easy recipe that is an excellent side dish. I think using only chicken broth (low sodium version) helped immensely with the "lack of flavor" listed in other reviews. Overall, fast recipe for this mom on the go, and goes well with everything from chicken nuggets to pork chops.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 22, 2009

I followed the recipe except for the raisins, I cooked them in the water before adding the couscous to plump them up. The recipe was quite bland, needed more salt to bring out the flavors, I did use 1 whole boullion cube in the water but it still wasn't salty enough. It needs something, not sure what. Maybe it'll taste better the next day?

Mar 15, 2011

I made a couple modifications - I used 1 Tbsp olive oil instead of the butter and I used 2 c. lower sodium chicken broth instead of the broth and water. And based on someone's suggestion below, I added the raisins with the broth so they were plump. With these modifications, the dish was a big hit, even with my 5-year olds. I may add more raisins next time (and use golden raisins if I remember to get them).

Mar 21, 2011

Great dish. I'm not a big fan of raisins, so I used Craisins instead. The combination of carrots & Craisins made this dish a winner! I'll be enjoying this again & again.

Mar 18, 2010

I prepared this following the recipe but added a little more raisins. My daughter thought the raisins were too sweet; but she did agree with her husband that the carrots and onions added some much needed flavor to the couscous. I still think it needs more salt added. I did use chicken broth but may switch the amounts of water vs. chicken broth the next time I prepare it.

Jan 24, 2012

I used whole wheat couscous and found the combination of sweet and savory very pleasing and intriguing. I really enjoyed this dish. I used all water though because I didn't want to open a can of chicken broth just to take 1/2 cup out. I used golden raisins.

Jan 11, 2010

made this for my husband he adored it I thought it was ok

Jan 31, 2012

The raisins were the best part of this! I also added some leftover veggies I had lying around: leeks and zucchini, and a bit of plain yogurt right before adding the raisins. Amazing! I will definitely make this again!


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  • Calories
  • 264 kcal
  • 13%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 41.9 g
  • 14%
  • Cholesterol
  • 20 mg
  • 7%
  • Fat
  • 8 g
  • 12%
  • Fiber
  • 3.3 g
  • 13%
  • Protein
  • 6.2 g
  • 12%
  • Sodium
  • 76 mg
  • 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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