Chicken & couscous one-pot

Chicken & couscous one-pot

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 1 hr

Easy

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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Ingredients

  • 8 skin on, bone-in chicken thighs
  • 2 tsp turmeric
    Turmeric

    Turmeric

    term-er-ik

    Turmeric is a fragrant, bright golden-yellow root that is most commonly seen and used dried and…

  • 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 onions, finely sliced
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

    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

    Olive

    ol-liv

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

  • zest and juice 1 lemon
    Lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

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

  • 250g couscous
    Couscous

    Couscous

    koos-koos

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

  • small bunch flat-leaf parsley, chopped
    Parsley

    Parsley

    par-slee

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

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.

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mellie11
15th Mar, 2014
5.05
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
26th Nov, 2013
Fantastic dish. Big on flavour. Big on ease!
Samyuthab
22nd Oct, 2013
Loved this recipe, was so easy to make and the finished product was much appreciated!
emvicoo
7th Oct, 2013
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
24th Jul, 2013
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
11th Jul, 2013
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
10th Jul, 2013
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
4th Jun, 2013
Very yummy, I have made this twice now and it's just awesome :)
bluevalkyrie
27th May, 2013
5.05
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
16th May, 2013
5.05
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.

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