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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rhianrobinson0's picture
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Made this with skinless chicken thighs and certainly didn't feel that any flavour was lost. Hubby not a fan of couscous but he wolfed this down and declared it the best Couscous he's ever had. Really tasty way of cooking the chicken which I'm sure would work well on a BBQ too.

nicolad's picture
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Really tasty comfort food. My 2 kids loved it. Thy didn't even notice the onions! Think it'll be a regular.

tilly11's picture
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Found this just alright, chicken was juicy and the Cous Cous had good flavour with the lemon zest but found it lacking something. I agree with the above comment that lamb chops would work better with this with black olives. Don't think I'd do this dish again

w1lmington's picture
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My daughter and her BF cooked this lask week and we were so impressed by it. Really tasty and the addition of the green olives worked really well. A must try if you haven't.

leoalexander's picture

Fantastic recipe, posted a picture on facebook and caused a salivation crisis!

lexxxy1's picture

this is a great recipe tried it out found it delicious added tbsp of spicy mango chutney at the end which gave it a bit more punch and left out the olives thanx

220972's picture
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A good family meal, I left out the olives as the family are not keen. The only change i would make next time would be to cook the chicken separatley as the you lose the crunchy skin if you put it back in the pot.

220972's picture
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A good family meal, I left out the olives as the family are not keen. The only change i would make next time would be to cook the chicken separatley as the you lose the crunchy skin if you put it back in the pot.

emmalina888's picture
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I made this for the first time last week when my parents came over - it went down a treat! The chicken was really juicy and yummy and the flavours all worked really well together. Will definitely make this again!

trayceemc's picture
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This is easy to cook, has loads of flavour
Delishhhhhhh! I added raisins and dried
Apricots missed out the olives as don't like
Them, would recommend!!!

vivipoos's picture
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Just finished this one!! Delicious and easy! Even my super fussy 10 year old (lives on chicken nuggets and chips) liked it!! Amazing! Thanks soooo much!

katiebeans's picture
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Didn't add the lemon, threw in a few mushrooms, but generally followed the recipe as closely as I could, absolutely delicious! :)

scarpap's picture
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Absolutely loved it! Whole family enjoyed it and was up to my standards :). I made a few amendments, as I never had any 'Turmeric Powder' or 'Garam Masala', I added salt, pepper and paprika to the chicken, which gave it a very nice taste to it it!

itsamee's picture
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Yet another really good recipe from Barney, how does he do it?
If you're an olive fan you will love the flavours of this dish

alicet1986's picture

I'm mid-cooking this as I type (waiting for the chicken to do) and I've got to say, it smells amazing! - Can't wait to try it! mmm

elibet's picture
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Thanks once again Barney it was so surprisingly delicious- well it wasn't surprising really, since all your recipes are a such great success in our house - I didn't use the zest but did add a preserved lemon - I also added a few tablespoons of the olive( w anchovy) brine to the stock. threw in a handful of apricots but the dish didn't really need them - just simply delicious made as per instructions above. When can we expect a cookbook from you?

zhagan's picture
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very very tasty

purplefi's picture
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Nice and simple

sirild's picture
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Very good - clean plates. Added some sun dried tomatoes and a few green beans at the end, and kept some of the cooking liquid as a sauce. One to keep!

starry_eyes's picture
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Really enjoyed this meal but I added some chilli and more spices for a bit more flavour.

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