We really enjoyed this meal and found it quite flavorful, unlike some of the other reviewers. Even our three year old enjoyed it. My spice quotient might have been on par because I had only six chicken thighs instead of the called for eight.
I didn't have chickpeas so I substituted in a can of great northern beans, which worked great. I skipped the cilantro because I'm allergic. Also, I was a little short on couscous so I used just under a cup. I was worried about using less couscous but the sauce was great and not "wet" so perhaps the beans soaked up more than I realized. I will definitely make this again.