Have you ever tried couscous? I’m not going to lie the first time I heard the word couscous I thought someone was calling me a name. Someone, “Want some couscous?” Me, “What did you just call me?”
What is couscous?
If you have heard of couscous but never tried it’s a dish of small steamed balls of semolina. It can come in very small balls that almost look like rice, or in larger balls which are called Israeli or pearl couscous. I love Israeli couscous, it has more texture and is slightly chewy like pasta. For this recipe, I decided to use Israeli couscous.
These kind of dishes are my favorite! I love it when I make a dish on a whim and end up with a winner. I didn’t even make this with the intention of posting it but it turned out so tasty and pretty I had to share it. I love unique and interesting recipes that are ridiculously easy to make. Minimal effort and maximum flavor, I should make it my motto. This dish is light, bright, and wonderfully satisfying.
This recipe is a great weeknight dinner option when you are looking for something different. It one of those toss-everything-together-spread-on-a-pan-and-roast-recipes. Yup, so easy I tried to make it one big word.
more chicken and salads
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items used in this recipe
- Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker’s Half Sheet
- Anolon Tri-Ply Clad Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set
- Gray Spinwash Salad Plates
- Acacia Wood Cutting Board With Copper Hanger
- Ivory Organic Rimmed Dinner Plate
- Kitchen Supply Olive Oil Dispenser, Stainless Steel
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- ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 garlic cloves, pressed
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 2 tablespoons greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 4 chicken thighs
- 1 15-ounce can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained
- 1 12-ounce container cherry tomatoes
- ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided
- ⅓ cup dry Israeli couscous
- Preheat oven to 450°.
- In a large bowl combine olive oil, garlic, spices, lemon juice, and yogurt. Whisk until well combined. Add chicken, garbanzo beans, cherry tomatoes, ¼ cup chopped cilantro. Toss until evenly coated.
- Spread tomato and garbanzo beans on a large rimmed baking sheet. Place the chicken thighs on top of garbanzo beans and tomatoes. Sprinkle everything generously with salt and pepper.
- Roast for 35 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Place under broiler for 3 - 4 minutes to brown and crisp the chicken skin.
- While chicken is in the oven prepare couscous according to package directions. Transfer chicken to plates. Combine bean mixture, ¼ cup cilantro, and couscous, stir until well combined. Serve with chicken thighs.