One-pan Chicken and Couscous


One-pan chicken and couscous is a delicious nourishing comfort dish. Made with seasoned chicken thighs, veggie couscous and a few simple spices.

One-pan Chicken and Couscous

Easy weeknight meals don’t get any easier than a one-pan recipe. This skillet chicken and pearl couscous dish packs in protein, carbs and veggies all in one, and is a family favorite in our house.

Seasoned chicken thighs get seared then cooked in a spiced veggie couscous base and ready in under 40 minutes. Serve it alone or with a side of roasted veggies for added fiber.

I’ve been loving making one-pan meals for dinner and changing up the proteins. I mean, who doesn’t want a flavorful dinner with minimal dishes? The combination of spices is perfect for this cozy meal, with sweet notes of cinnamon in every bite.

My braiser-pan has been a staple for these meals. It’s the perfect dish to cook in and serve out of.

One-pan Chicken and Couscous

What you’ll need for one-pan chicken and couscous

Boneless chicken thighs– I love boneless chicken thighs for this recipe, but chicken breast can easily be substituted

Pearl couscous, aka Israeli couscouspearl couscous is a pantry staple of mine for an easy carb source during the week

Carrots and onion– these will add texture and flavor to the dish

Spice blend– cinnamon, turmeric, salt, pepper and grated garlic

Parsley– a pop of color is always needed

Water or vegetable broth– I used water, but low-sodium broth can add even more flavor to this dish

  1. You’ll start by seasoning and searing the chicken for 2-3 minutes per side to brown
  2. Remove the chicken from the pan and add in the carrots and onion. Toss together for 4-5 minutes
  3. Add in the couscous & spices and toast for 1-2 minutes
  4. Pour in the water and place the chicken back into the dish with a handful of parsley. Cover the dish and cook on a low flame for 20-25 minutes

Garnish with extra parsley when ready to serve and you’ve got dinner on the table in no time!

One-pan Chicken and Couscous

This one-pan chicken and couscous is easy to make and packed with flavor. I know you guys are going to love it!

Other one-pan meals you’ll love:

One-pan Lemon Orzo and Salmon

Sheet-pan Tofu and Veggies

Lemon Herb Chicken & Potatoes

One-pan Chicken and Couscous

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  • 4 4 -5 boneless chicken thighs

  • Olive oil

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 paprika

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 garlic powder

  • 1/4 tsp 1/4 salt

  • 1/4 tsp 1/4 black pepper

  • Veggie Couscous
  • 8 oz 8 pearl couscous (1 1/2 cups dry)

  • 2 cups 2 water or vegetable broth

  • 3 3 carrots, peeled and grated

  • 1/2 1/2 yellow onion, diced

  • 2 cloves 2 garlic, crushed

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 salt

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 cumin

  • 1/4 tsp 1/4 turmeric

  • 1/4 tsp 1/4 cinnamon

  • 1/4 tsp 1/4 black pepper

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 parsley, chopped

  • Olive oil


  • Marinate the chicken in about 1 tbsp of olive oil and season with the paprika, garlic powder and salt & pepper.
  • Heat a large skillet on medium heat then drizzle in another 1-2 tbsp of olive oil. Sear the chicken on medium/high heat for about 2 minutes per side, until browned. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.
  • To the same pan on medium heat, add in the diced onion and grated carrots. Cook together for 4-5 minutes.
  • Add in the garlic, couscous and spices. Toss together for 1-2 minutes. Pour in two cups of water and mix together.
  • Place the chicken back into the couscous and top with chopped parsley. Cover and cook on low for about 20-25 minutes.

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