One-Pot Chicken Couscous Recipe

One-Pot Chicken Couscous Recipe

How To Make One-Pot Chicken Couscous

Watch this chicken couscous recipe disappear the minute you serve it at dinner! It’s both highly nutritious and highly filling dish that you need to try.




  • 4Chicken Leg Quarters,skin-on
  • 1tbspkosher salt,plus more to taste
  • pepper,to taste
  • 10clovesgarlic,minced, divided
  • 1tbspthyme leaf,fresh chopped
  • 1tbsprosemary,fresh chopped
  • 1tbsporegano,fresh chopped
  • 4tbspolive oil,divided
  • 2bunchesrainbow Swiss chard
  • ½cupsugar
  • 1cinnamon stick
  • 4whole cloves
  • 2tspmustard seed
  • 1tspwhole allspice
  • 2bay leaves,crushed
  • 1tspwhole black peppercorn
  • 2tspcoriander seed
  • ½tspred pepper flakes
  • 1cupwhite wine vinegar
  • ½cupwater
  • 1large onion,yellow chopped
  • ¼cuplemon juice
  • 2cupsIsraeli couscous
  • 3cupschicken stock
  • 2tbspcaper
  • 4tbspfeta cheese,crumbled, fresh, for serving
  • parsley,fresh, chopped, for serving


  1. In a large bowl, season the chicken legs with salt, pepper, 5 cloves of minced garlic, thyme, rosemary, oregano, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

  2. Toss to fully coat the chicken, then cover with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

  3. Prepare the Swiss chard. Cut out the thick stems. Stack the leaves, roll up, then thinly slice into ribbons. Slice the roll in half.

  4. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. Slice the chard stems on the bias.

  5. Transfer to a medium glass or nonreactive metal bowl and set aside.

  6. In a large skillet, combine the sugar, 1 tablespoon of salt, the cinnamon stick, cloves, mustard seeds, allspice, bay leaves, peppercorns, coriander seeds, and red pepper flakes.

  7. Add the white wine vinegar and water, and stir well. Heat the pan over high heat, bring to a boil, and cook for 5 minutes.

  8. Place a strainer over the bowl of sliced chard stems. Pour the boiling pickling liquid over the stems and discard the solids.

  9. Let the stems pickle until the liquid has cooled and the stems have softened, about 30 minutes.

  10. Wipe out the skillet, then heat over medium-high heat with the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil until the oil is shimmering.

  11. Sear the chicken, skin-side down, until the skin is dark golden brown, 5 to 7 minutes.

  12. Flip and cook on the other side for another 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a plate and set aside.

  13. Add the onion, remaining 5 cloves of minced garlic, salt, and pepper.

  14. Cook and stir until the onion is softened and golden brown, for about 10 minutes.

  15. Add the lemon juice, Swiss chard leaves, and couscous. Cook until the greens wilt, about 2 minutes.

  16. Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Sprinkle in the capers and return the chicken to the pan, submerging in the cooking liquid.

  17. Cover, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for about 15 minutes, until the couscous has puffed up and become tender.

  18. Remove the pan from the heat.

  19. Serve with the pickled chard stems, feta cheese, and parsley.


  • Calories: 1496.03kcal
  • Fat: 75.85g
  • Saturated Fat: 20.11g
  • Trans Fat: 0.21g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 34.98g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 14.06g
  • Carbohydrates: 121.22g
  • Fiber: 11.83g
  • Sugar: 33.27g
  • Protein: 80.49g
  • Cholesterol: 338.97mg
  • Sodium: 2474.99mg
  • Calcium: 348.38mg
  • Potassium: 2160.65mg
  • Iron: 10.19mg
  • Vitamin A: 861.26µg
  • Vitamin C: 95.93mg
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