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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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.

buzzybee9's picture
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Most amazing dinner I have had! x Really lovely tender chicken and the olives made it oh so much yummier. To add more flavours, put in some green beans or chic peas ((like my mum and god-mother did)) x

stevedalby's picture
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Love this recipe, now have it about twice a week!. Not sure what to do with the olives though so don't bother!

niki_1985's picture
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Chicken was lovely, maybe the olives would have been better chopped into small slices as they were a bit over-powering whole.

ghowland's picture
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This was yummy but I found the turmeric tasted too strong (could be something to do with being pregnant!). Next time I would increase the garam masala and decrease the turmeric. Children really enjoyed it.

pieman9's picture
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Made this last night. Definitely going onto the family repertoire. Doesn't turmeric make a mess of everything within three feet of the cooker? Well it does if I'm doing the cooking, according to Mrs Pieman!

insincere's picture
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brilliant quick and delicious recipe.

catralense78's picture
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A firm family favourite!

asyaali0910's picture
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This was delicious. I overcooked the chicken though...so annoyed. I'll try another time and if I don't have chicken it should still make a lovely cous cous with chicken stock,onions and spices.

frania65's picture
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Very nice and easy to make. Love the lemony flavour of the cous cous. I have used double amount of spices as I like my chicken well spiced. I have also added a tablespoon of olive oil to the cous cous as I found it a little bit dry.
Overall nice recipe and would make it again.

emmaheredge's picture
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This was really lovely and easy to make, would definitely make it again. I added some chickpeas and dried apricots too...maybe some harissa on the side could add spice to those who want it as well, although it had enough flavour without.

santac's picture
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Samsamdonteatham: don't see why not. I served this up to my children the following day and shredded the chicken and mixed up with the cous cous & it was divine. This would also work well as a cold meal.

samanthajohnson's picture

I'd like to make this but could I opt out of using chicken on the bone with skin on and just use regular chicken breast fillets?

santac's picture
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This was easy & really tasty. I didn't have any olives but added some toasted pine nuts and raisins to the cous cous which worked really well. I will definitely cook this recipe time and time again....

elleme's picture
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Cals are so high because of the chicken skin. I always cook it with skin off and use 1 tbsp oil which is sufficient. I also leave the olives out, not because I don't like them but because I'm cooking for someone on a low sodium diet. Even with all of those modifications it's delicious. I've made it many times and it's one of my top ten from the whole site.

cerdeno's picture
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Used about 3tsp of harissa paste instead of the turmeric and garam masala recommended and was great! A Favourite from now, for sure.

christay0102's picture
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What a very easy and totally delicious dish! I too didn't have garam masala so used same amount of curry powder! Will be a firm favourite now!

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