Chicken & couscous one-pot

Chicken & couscous one-pot

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 1 hr


Serves 4
This one-pot meal is perfect for fuss-free midweek entertaining

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal900
  • fat56g
  • saturates15g
  • carbs42g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre2g
  • protein60g
  • salt1.75g
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  • 8 skin on, bone-in chicken thighs
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
    Garam masala

    Garam masala

    gar-am mah-sarl-ah

    Meaning 'warming spice mix', garam masala is the main spice blend used in North Indian…

  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    A variety of oils can be used for baking. Sunflower is the one we use most often at Good Food as…

  • 2 onion, finely sliced



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 500ml chicken stock (from a cube is fine)
  • large handful whole green olives
    Bowl of olives



    Widely grown all over the Mediterranean, where they've been cultivated since biblical times…

  • zest and juice 1 lemon



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 250g couscous



    Consisting of many tiny granules made from steamed and dried durum wheat, couscous has become a…

  • small bunch flat-leaf parsley, chopped



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…


  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.

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Comments (178)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

very very tasty

purplefi's picture

Nice and simple

sirild's picture

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

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

buzzybee9's picture

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

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

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

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

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!


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