Crisp Spiced Chicken with Hummus Vinaigrette



I never imagined using hummus as a base for a vinaigrette, but it works so well.  With the coriander spiced chicken and the hummus-couscous, the flavors are bright and satisfying.

The addition of pistachios and pomegranate seeds to the couscous gives a great texture to this grain.  With the hummus vinaigrette, using a whole wheat couscous is very palatable.  You don't taste the whole wheat flavor whatsoever.

This is a quick and easy meal to put together and bursts with flavor.  Your family will love it.


Preheat the oven to 450o F.  In a bowl toss the chicken with 2 Tablespoons of the oil and the coriander; season well with salt and pepper.  Arrange the chicken on a rack set over a baking sheet, skin side up.  Roast in the upper third of the oven for 45 minutes, turning once, until the chicken is cooked through. 


In a blender, puree the hummus and vinegar with 1 cup of parsley and a 1/4 cup of oil.  Add 2 Tablespoons of water and puree until smooth.  Season with salt and pepper.


Stir 1/3 of the dressing into the couscous and transfer to a platter. 


Arrange the chicken on top and serve immediately, passing the extra dressing on the side.

Crisp Spiced Chicken with Hummus Vinaigrette
Adapted from Food & Wine

8 Chicken Drumsticks
1/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 Tablespoons ground coriander
Salt and freshly ground pepper
4 cups cooked couscous
1/2 cup coarsely chopped roasted pistachios
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
1-1/2 cups coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley, divided
1 cup prepared hummus
1/4 cup white wine vinegar

Preheat the oven to 450o F.  In a bowl toss the chicken with 2 Tablespoons of the oil and the coriander; season well with salt and pepper.  Arrange the chicken on a rack set over a baking sheet, skin side up.  Roast in the upper third of the oven for 45 minutes, turning once, until the chicken is cooked through. 

In a blender, puree the hummus and vinegar with 1 cup of parsley and a 1/4 cup of oil.  Add 2 Tablespoons of water and puree until smooth.  Season with salt and pepper.  Stir 1/3 of the dressing into the couscous and transfer to a platter. 

Arrange the chicken on top and serve immediately, passing the extra dressing on the side.

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9 Comments

  1. Oh. My. Gawd. This looks amazing. I love hummus, so I’m very interested in trying this.

  2. this sounds so good! wow. all the flavors going on in here. that vinaigrette i could drink! lol

  3. Making this THIS weekend. Supposed to be in the 70’s and gorgeous and I think this sounds perfect. Is it rose time yet?!?

  4. Darryl in Austin 4

    Absolutely love the idea of hummus vinaigrette, and it’s so pretty looking!

  5. That looks so good! Never would have thought of it. Love couscous. This may be dinner this weekend! Thank you!

  6. Barbie with a T 6

    Quite a combination of flavors here! They just happen to be my favorites.

  7. laura 7

    gorgeous! this looks beautiful and delicious. great for a romantic dinner for two.

  8. This looks fantastic and all the flavors make it sound delicious!

  9. Maureen 9

    We tried this recipe and we LOVED it! We’ll definitely be making this again.