Chicken Thighs with Couscous & Kale

Chicken Thighs with Couscous & Kale

10 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2013

One-pot meals, like this all-in-one chicken thigh, kale and Israeli couscous recipe, are perfect for nights when you want to keep cleanup to a minimum. Look for Israeli couscous—small pearl-shaped pasta made from semolina flour—near other Middle Eastern dry goods in well-stocked supermarkets or specialty-foods stores.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 1½ teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 4 large boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 1¼ pounds), trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium onion, halved and sliced
  • 1 cup Israeli couscous
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups very thinly sliced kale
  • 2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth


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  1. Combine thyme, cumin, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Sprinkle both sides of chicken with half of the spice mixture.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large, heavy skillet, such as cast-iron, over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.
  3. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and onion to the pan; cook, stirring frequently, until beginning to soften, 2 to 4 minutes. Stir in couscous and garlic; cook, stirring frequently, until the couscous is lightly toasted, 1 to 2 minutes. Add kale and the remaining spice mixture; cook, stirring, until the kale begins to wilt, 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Pour in broth and any accumulated juice from the chicken, then nestle the chicken into the couscous. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and cook until the chicken is cooked through and the couscous is tender, 10 to 12 minutes.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 thigh & ¾ cup couscous
  • Per serving: 388 calories; 16 g fat(3 g sat); 3 g fiber; 33 g carbohydrates; 28 g protein; 38 mcg folate; 76 mg cholesterol; 3 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 1,669 IU vitamin A; 22 mg vitamin C; 55 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 494 mg sodium; 385 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (37% daily value), Vitamin A (33% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 vegetable, 3 lean meat, 1½ fat

Reviews 10

December 02, 2018
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By: Philippe Caron
Great meal, i would use less chicken broth next time. Also i double the spices too.
March 01, 2017
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By: Hannah Fechter
I really enjoyed this recipe, very healthy and using the cast iron skillet brought great color to the chicken. However, I felt like something was missing. I added the smoked paprika someone below mentioned, and doubled the spices listed. Next time I will try to add more garlic, and possibly add in some golden raisins. Would love to keep making this, just need to find that extra ingredient. Either way, I think this is a recipe worth making!
February 10, 2017
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By: kerri
I absolutely love this meal!! It has become one of our go-to weeknight meals.
July 19, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
WOW! Absolutely delicious! Happy tastebuds! Pros: NULL Cons: NULL
March 05, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
My freakishly picky kid even loves this, and it's super versatile! This is in the weekly rotation in our household, which is saying something considering that we really don't make the effort to cook as regularly at home as we should. Our picky son loves this, and I've made it as is, and mixed it up with different spices, etc. We've lately been making it with quinoa in place of the couscous (same liquid requirement, just takes a bit longer to cook through), and the last time I did it I used a cinnamon/cumin/ginger seasoning blend, and substituted 1/2 cup orange juice for part of the broth. I've made it with kale and spinach, and it works great either way. Pros: Easy clean-up, delicious, versatile, healthy
October 27, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
ABSOLUTELY Delicious!!!! The boyfriend and grandma loved it! We are all looking forward to leftovers! :) However, I made a few adjustments to put my own spin on it: -Used 6 chicken thighs -Added smoked paprika, turmeric, garlic salt, and Trader Joes 'Everyday Spice' blend freshly ground. -Used Trader Joes 'Harvest Grain Blend' instead of cous cous, and a whole sweet onion -Used about 5cups of chicken/veggie broth -Cooked on Medium about 45mins
September 24, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Quick dish, minimal prep& oh it is delicious Threw together in about 30 minutes, perfect if you have ingredients laying around and growing out in garden. Tasty dish, 3 year old daughter ate it all up Pros: One pot
January 13, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Yummy and easy Made this tonight and it was very yummy. I did sear the chicken for a few mins longer as I had fat pieces. Also cooked the whole thing a bit longer to get the couscous fully absorbed. Felt maybe it could use a bit more spice, some crushed red pepper, and maybe some more veggies like carrots or mushrooms. Great for a quick and healthy dish! Pros: Easy/quick, healthy, yummy Cons: Maybe could use some more veggies for variety
November 13, 2013
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By: VAFierro
Great Go To Busy Family Night Dinner Tasty Recipe the whole family loved it. Easy to make and clean up was a breeze. Cook the chicken longer and check temp to be sure. Pros: One Pot - Easy Clean Up Satisfied Even the Picky Eater Cons: No Leftovers
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