Chicken & couscous one-pot

Chicken & couscous one-pot

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(176 ratings)

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



    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



    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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25th Jan, 2012
Easy and tasty. Very popular!
23rd Jan, 2012
It's easy, tasty and I keep cooking it again and again. My family loves it.
8th Jan, 2012
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.
13th Dec, 2011
Really tasty comfort food. My 2 kids loved it. Thy didn't even notice the onions! Think it'll be a regular.
8th Dec, 2011
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
5th Dec, 2011
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.
9th Nov, 2011
Fantastic recipe, posted a picture on facebook and caused a salivation crisis!
28th Oct, 2011
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
22nd Oct, 2011
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.
22nd Oct, 2011
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.


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