Chicken & couscous one-pot

Chicken & couscous one-pot

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 1 hr

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

This one-pot meal is perfect for fuss-free midweek entertaining

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
900
protein
60g
carbs
42g
fat
56g
saturates
15g
fibre
2g
sugar
5g
salt
1.75g

Ingredients

  • 8 skin on, bone-in chicken thighs
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 onions, finely sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 500ml chicken stock (from a cube is fine)
  • large handful whole green olives
  • zest and juice 1 lemon
  • 250g couscous
  • small bunch flat-leaf parsley, chopped

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Method

  1. Toss the chicken thighs in half the spices and a pinch of salt until completely coated. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large sauté pan with a lid. Fry chicken, skin-side down, for 10 mins until golden brown, turn over, then cook for 2 mins before removing from the pan. Pour the rest of the oil into the pan, then fry the onions and garlic for 8 mins until golden. Stir in the rest of the spices, then cook for 1 min longer. Pour over the chicken stock and scatter in the olives. Bring everything to the boil, turn down the heat, then sit the chicken, skinside up, in the stock.
  2. Cover the pan with a lid, then simmer gently for 35-40 mins until the chicken is tender. Put the kettle on, then lift the chicken onto a plate and keep warm. Take the pan off the heat. Stir the lemon juice and couscous into the saucy onions in the pan and top up with enough boiling water just to cover the couscous if you need to. Place the lid back on the pan, then leave to stand for 5 mins until the couscous is cooked through. Fluff through half the parsley and the lemon zest, then sit the chicken on top. Scatter with the rest of the parsley and zest before serving.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, June 2009

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cr-dennis's picture
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Made this last week and it was lovely,the only thing i changed was skinning my chicken.I will be making this again and again.

dishymummy's picture
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I thought this dish was really tasty but agree with Carol above that the cous cous was too soggy. I'm glad that I wasn't serving this up for guests as it looked sloppy. I would probably sieve the onion mix and add the liquid as required to a separate bowl of cous cous to ensure that it is light and fluffy. The fresh lemon is lovely.

buggerzinha's picture
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Very tasty!
Used Moroccan spice instead of Garam Masala.
Didn't need extra water.
Served with Harissa yoghurt sauce (from Moroccan spiced pie recipe) which gave the dish the perfect finish.

leewest's picture
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Lovely dish full of flavour, family love it!

lynnze's picture
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Had this with rice as hubby doesn't like couscous, part cooked it in water for 5 mins and then added to the chicken stock for another 5 mins. it was delicious, will definitely make again

denohora's picture
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Very easy and tastes special

cmicallef's picture
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really nice ... my boyfriend licked the plate till the very last couscous :)

carollesley's picture
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Cooked this dish this evening and was disappointed with the result. Couscous was a little too wet ....and didn't add the extra liquid that could be added. Flavour was a little bland. Other family members said it was Ok! When you spend so long preparing and cooking you hope for the wow factor. Sorry but this didn't do it! Perhaps lacks some extra seasoning or spice. Used skin on chicken breasts, and added some sundried tomatoes in with the couscous. Probably tastes better next day, when flavours have absorbed.

aisie82's picture
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Absolutely delicious!! Shall be recommending!

teaboywife's picture
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Really enjoyed the flavours in this recipe. I left out olives but added some courgette and carrot and 1 tsp of honey to give it a tagine/Moroccan feel and used some tomato and garlic couscous and it was delicious.

I simmered the chicken in the stock for about 40 minutes and it just fell apart, very tender and moist.

A very easy recipe to follow with the flexibility to adapt to your tastes, will definitely keep this in my binder.

raven's picture
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This is surprisingly good. All the children love it, I make it quite often.

cldaniels's picture
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I used ras-al-hanout spice and added fresh red chilli and half a jar of roasted red & yellow peppers instead of olives. Also used skinless chicken breasts cut in half instead of thighs. Really tasty simple dinner.

josia79's picture

delicious :)

jessiebwanali's picture

I added agreen, red and yellow peppers. Also chili, garlic salt, cayenne. I didnt add the extra water for the couscous

zendeling's picture
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Nice !

jenki2's picture
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This was amazing! Really enjoyed it! The chicken was so tender and flavoursome, the olives added a nice touch to the couscous too!

Will definitely be making this one again! Love the fact its all in one pot!

Purplepotion's picture
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A definite hit with the family.
I didn't have flat leaf parsley so substituted with coriander and it tasted fab!

jeff10101uk's picture

Really rate this dish. Looks and tastes very impressive.

I haven't managed to use freshly made stock but really rate the knor 'jelly' type ones, goes really well with the spices (both veg stock and chicken taste lovely).

We don't like olives so cook without and I always double the couscous recipe as we have cous cous for lunch the next couple of days with a bit of salad.

beardedwonder's picture
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This recipe is great, the only problem is that you spend a while getting the skin crispy only for it to then get soggy after it's simmered under the lid. Any tips?

micheleb02's picture
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Wanted to make this dish but only had a whole chicken, some bulgur wheat, no olives and a very sad looking dried up lemon! Never the less it was absolutely delicious even my daughter who rarely joins us at the dinner table hoovered it all up. Next time I’ll make it using couscous and add some sultanas and sprinkle with toasted flaked almonds, love sweet savoury combinations.

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