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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toriadonaldson's picture

Delicious!

parsonson123's picture
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I made this for tea a few days ago and it was delicious! I swapped the olives and parsley for runner beans and red peppers because they were what I had. Very tasty and easy to make! I wish I had made more for lunch the next day.

megsnb's picture

I made this last night and loved it! I agree that it could do with a little more salt but that can be left on the table for people to add themselves. I'm looking forward to the leftovers for my lunch.

ChloeC3's picture
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Very easy and it turned out great. I have made it twice now however the second time I added cumin and used lime instead of lemon - it was even better.

lobbyblobbywobbly's picture
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Very nice dish, although I thought it needed a little more salt! Added more lemon juice on my plate for the extra boost. 5/5

sarahpounde's picture
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I made this but left out the olives as none of us like them, I also cooked the chicken and all the other ingredients in the slow cooker on low for 3 hours, but left out the couscous and lemon until the very end. Very tasty.

mellie11's picture
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This is a great mid-week dinner. I used pitted green olives instead of whole and the flavour was quite distinct and really added to the dish. I've tried with bone-in and boneless chicken thighs and think I'll use boneless from now on - it just makes it an even quicker meal. Served with a green salad

tmcg99's picture

Fantastic dish. Big on flavour. Big on ease!

Samyuthab's picture

Loved this recipe, was so easy to make and the finished product was much appreciated!

emvicoo's picture

Excellent recipe which the whole family enjoyed! I used boneless, skinless thighs (cooked them for less time) and replaced the green olives with sultanas. Didn't need the extra boiling water. Will definitely do again.

annabanana1's picture

This is possibly my favourite bbcgoodfood recipe ever ... and that's saying something!! Really easy to make and so so tasty. I have started microwaving the leftovers for lunch the next day.

mrsjamtart's picture

Absolutely love this recipe and have made it again and again - only modification is that I add leeks and grated carrots when frying the onions. Delicious.

TinkBob's picture

Love this recipe! I don't always have all of the ingredients, so just chuck in what I do have, like green beans and red peppers instead of olives and parsley.... still tastes amazing!

reneeresh's picture

Very yummy, I have made this twice now and it's just awesome :)

bluevalkyrie's picture
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Turned out exactly as described, with no fuss. When I make it again I will add more vegetables as I don't consider it a complete meal as is.

katiabh's picture
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Easy quick and very tasty. The lemony couscous is absolutely delicious. The chicken as very moist and tender.
We use chicken pieces but we did remove the skin as I don't like the fat. We also didn't have garam massala so we used what we had which is mild curry powder.

maryv206's picture
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We cooked this recipe trying out the garam masala powder bought directly from Sri Lanka...the end result was amazing! We also added a 425grms can of chickpeas (garbanzo) beans to boost up a bit the protein. However, instead of simmering all ingredients in the pan (last part of recipe), we put everything in an oven-proof dish and cooked in the convection oven at 210 degrees for 40mins. We loved the way the couscous soaked up the excess liquid in the end.

Leftovers will be served in a warmed pitta bread with added grilled mushrooms and coloured peppers. Will surely repeat recipe when entertaining guests who love spicy food!

adiosamigos's picture

I skinned the chicken and added Green beans to make the dish healthier and more complete . it was delicious

alanjns's picture

Fantastic, lovely dish - I make it all the time now! I take it to work for lunches, keep in the fridge and reheat it in the works microwave and it's just as gorgeous after 4 days (I reheat the chicken separately)

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.

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