Chicken Couscous One Pot

"This delicious Moroccan-inspired recipe is easy enough for a weeknight meal but elegant enough for company."
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Ready In:
1hr 10mins




  • Toss the chicken thighs in half the spices and a pinch of salt until completely coated.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large saute pan with a lid.
  • Fry the chicken, skin side down, for 10 minutes until golden brown, then turn over and cook for 2 more minutes before removing from the pan.
  • Pour the rest of the oil into the pan, then fry the onions and garlic for 8 minutes until golden.
  • Stir in the rest of the spices, then cook for 1 minute longer.
  • Pour over the chicken stock and scatter the olives.
  • Bring everything to a boil, turn down the heat, then sit the chicken, skin side up, in the stock.
  • Cover the pan with a lid, then simmer gently for 35 to 40 minutes, until the chicken is tender.
  • Lift the chicken onto a plate and keep warm.
  • Take the pan off the heat.
  • Stir in the juice of the lemon and couscous into the saucy onions in the pan. Top up with boiling water, if necessary, to cover the couscous.
  • Place the lid back on the pan, then leave to stand for 5 minutes until the couscous is cooked through.
  • Fluff through half of the parsley and lemon zest, then sit the chicken on top.
  • Scatter the remaining parsley and lemon zest on top before serving.

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  1. Artefactfinder
    Love love love this recipe! It s so flavorful and has great healthy ingredients. It's my toddlers favorite dinner! I
  2. Clinky
    I'm not a fan of onions, so pretty much left that part out. I found it to be quite spicy, but not overly so. I'm a 'picky-eater' but still really enjoyed this dish!
  3. I'mPat
    WOW packs a punch without knocking your out full of flavour and just fantastic. Made omitting the olives (we don't like) and I forgot the parsley but I did add some batons of carrot after cooking the onion initially for 2 minutes and in the last 5 minutes added some broccoli flowerettes, my 8 chickens thighs weighed just over a kilo (2.2 lb) after removing excess fat. I didn't add extra oil in step 4 as I felt the fat rendered from the chicken was enough and followed through. The rest came together beautifully and the DM who has declared I don't eat curry or spicy gobbled up the lot and had seconds on the couscous, I thank you Irmagard for a great recipe, made for New Kid On The Block.


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