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
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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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howzy64's picture
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I've changed the couscous for bulghur wheat and found this is delicious. Takes a little longer to cook but is well worth it. I seem to use a little more of the spices than suggested in order to get a good covering on the chicken and achieve a great flavour. I put the chicken in a bag with the spices and give it all a good shake to avoid getting yellow fingers. Leftovers have reheated in the microwave after a couple of days in the fridge and were still delicious.

yumyumyum2011's picture

A great dish for the whole family, rich in B vitamins and anti-inflammatory turmeric. Use homemade chicken stock for extra nutrition and add some veggies as others have suggested - courgette, peppers, sundried tomatoes - to boost fibre, vitamin and mineral content.

stephandsolly's picture

I made this with my 5 year old and 2 year old and we all loved it (they're not big chicken eaters so it was a good result!) I left out the parsley and next time would include olives without stones too to make it easier and safer for the kids, since they like olives. It would also be nice with some cooked peppers and courgettes if you want to up the veggie content. A great meal for all the family.

missvalentine23's picture
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I made this meal last week for my boyfriend, it was really easy to make and it tasted lovely. I would definitely make it again! Instead of olives I added chickpeas, red pepper and carrots. I didn't add any extra water at the end and next time I would add a bit more spice, I served it with some yoghurt on top which went really well with it.

tamarin08's picture

I switched the olives for sliced dried apricots, the parsley for fresh coriander and the bone/skin thighs for boned/skinless thighs and sliced the chicken diagonally for presentation/ease of eating! Spot on!!

ruthgwill's picture

Delicious -added sundries tomatoes and some raisins. Definitely don't need extra liquid but it will be a regular dish in our household. Equally nice eaten cold for lunch the next day!

aligillies's picture
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used boneless chicken thighs and still delicious, family favourite and passed recipe on to others

mother_ship's picture
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Very tasty! Felt the cous cous was very slightly oily so will definitely use skinless chicken next time.

saschlet's picture
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Easy and tasty. Very popular!

tismeanna's picture
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It's easy, tasty and I keep cooking it again and again. My family loves it.

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!!!

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