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LivingFood and DrinkChicken Thighs with Couscous and Olives

Chicken Thighs with Couscous and Olives

by Susan Hanna

This recipe from Real Simple is a tasty one-pot meal featuring chicken thighs, Israeli couscous (a small, pea-shaped pasta), shallots, olives, dates and spices. Brown the chicken and set aside. Combine couscous, shallots, olives, dates, spices and water in the same pan, bring to a simmer and add the chicken back to the pan. Bake until the chicken is done and the couscous is tender. Run under the broiler for a few minutes to brown the chicken and garnish with pomegranate seeds and cilantro. Cook’s note: I used chopped red pepper instead of pomegranate seeds and made the recipe with eight chicken thighs instead of six.

Avoiding Additives and Preservatives

I used President’s Choice garlic-stuffed green olives, which are additive-free. Parnoosh brand dried dates are additive-free. Check the dried spices to make sure they don’t contain colour or anti-caking agents. For more recipes using all-natural ingredients, visit Eye For a Recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 6 6-oz. (170 g) bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 1 ½ teaspoons (7.5 ml) kosher salt, divided
  • 1 cup (250 ml) uncooked Israeli couscous
  • ½ cup (125 ml) chopped shallots (from 1 shallot)
  • ½ cup (125 ml) Castelvetrano olives, coarsely chopped
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) chopped dried dates
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup (125 ml) finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) pomegranate seeds

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F (218°C) with rack 8 inches (20 cm) from heat. Sprinkle skin of chicken thighs with ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) salt. Place chicken, skin side down, in a large, broiler-safe skillet. Cook over medium, undisturbed, until chicken skin is crisp and light golden, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat. Transfer chicken, skin side up, to a plate. Discard drippings in skillet.
  2. Add couscous, shallots, olives, dates, cumin, cinnamon, and remaining 1 teaspoon (5 ml) salt to skillet. Stir in 1⅓ cups (332 ml) water and bring to a simmer over medium-high. Nestle chicken, skin side up, in couscous mixture. Cover skillet with aluminum foil and transfer to oven. Bake until chicken is cooked through, a thermometer inserted in thickest portion of thighs registers at least 165°F (74°C), and couscous is tender, 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Increase oven temperature to broil. Uncover skillet; broil until chicken skin is crisp, about 5 minutes. Top with cilantro and pomegranate seeds. Serves 4.

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