Chicken Thighs with Couscous and Kale

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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.

Chicken Thighs with Couscous and Kale
photographer: Peter Ardito
Nutritionist Tested & Approved

Time: 30 minutes (20 minutes prep)

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

  • 4 large boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 1 1/4 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

  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.

Nutritional Facts

Serving Size
1 thigh and 3/4 cup couscous
38 g
16 g
Saturated Fat
3 g
29 g
76 mg
Dietary Fiber
4 g
606 mg
517 mg
4 servings
1 thigh and 3/4 cup couscous each
2 starch
2 vegetable
3 lean meat
1 1/2 fat
Vitamin A
207% daily value
Vitamin C
140% dv
23% dv
18% dv
17% dv

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