Who wants to spend hours in the kitchen after a long day at work? Not us! This deliciously vibrant meal will impress your taste buds and those of everyone at your dinner table. Ready in 30 minutes (which includes the easy way to de-seed a pomegranate without your kitchen looking like a three-year-old has been let loose with a pot of red paint), you鈥檒l have a tasty meal with mouth-watering leftovers.

30 minute One-Pot Lemon and Garlic Chicken with Spicy Couscous

Ingredients:

Serves 4

鈥 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

鈥 陆 teaspoon salt

鈥 陆 teaspoon black pepper

鈥 4 skin-on chicken breasts

鈥 1 small yellow onion

鈥 1 green chili

鈥 1 red chili

鈥 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

鈥 陆 teaspoon cumin

鈥 陆 teaspoon ground coriander

鈥 录 teaspoon paprika

鈥 pinch of saffron (optional)

鈥 1 1/4 cups (216g) couscous

鈥 1 3/4 cups (420ml) hot (almost boiling) chicken or vegetable stock

鈥 2 lemons

鈥 seeds of half a pomegranate

鈥 small bunch fresh cilantro, chopped

One pot lemon garlic chicken cous cous ingredients

Directions:

  1. Peel the onion, then chop into small pieces. De-seed and chop the chiles into small pieces too.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet and sprinkle the salt and pepper onto the skin side of the chicken breasts. Place in the pan skin-side down and cook on medium-high heat for five minutes. Turn the chicken over and cook for a further five minutes. Add the onion, green and red chiles, garlic, cumin, coriander, paprika and saffron to the pan and stir until the onions are coated in the spices. Cook for three聽minutes, stirring occasionally until the onion starts to soften.
  3. While the onion mixture is cooking, remove the seeds from the pomegranate. Take a medium-sized bowl and hold the cut side of the pomegranate in your hand. Create a cup with your hand and hold it over the bowl. Whack the back of the pomegranate with a wooden spoon and the seeds will fall into your hand. Then you can tip them into the bowl. Any stubborn seeds can be removed by pulling the skin of the pomegranate outward a little, then repeating the spoon whacking until all seeds are removed. Put the seeds to one side.
  4. Peel the zest from the lemons and squeeze the juice into a small bowl. Put to one side.
  5. Add the stock and bring to聽a boil, place the lid on and simmer for ten minutes.
  6. Take the lid off and pour in half the lemon juice, then carefully add in the couscous to the sides of the chicken, making sure not to leave any couscous on top of the chicken (as it won鈥檛 get cooked). You can move the chicken breasts to the side of the pan if it makes it easier. Stir everything,聽ensuring all of the couscous is covered,聽then place a lid on the skillet and turn the heat down to very low. Cook for five聽minutes, then turn off the heat.
  7. Take off the lid and fluff up the couscous with a fork. Add the zest from one of the lemons and all but one tablespoon of the cilantro. Stir into the couscous.
  8. Top with the remaining lemon zest, the pomegranate seeds and the chopped parsley. Serve with the remaining lemon juice.
One pot lemon garlic chicken cous cous Step1

Peel the onion, then chop into small pieces. De-seed and chop the chiles into small pieces too.

One pot lemon garlic chicken cous cous Step collage

Heat the oil in a large skillet and sprinkle the salt and pepper onto the skin side of the chicken breasts. Place in the pan skin-side down and cook on medium-high heat for five minutes. Turn the chicken over and cook for a further five minutes. Add the onion, green and red chiles, garlic, cumin, coriander, paprika and saffron to the pan and stir until the onions are coated in the spices. Mmm, mmm. It鈥檚 already starting to smell delicious.

One pot lemon garlic chicken cous cous Step3 collage

While the onion mixture is cooking, remove the seeds from the pomegranate. Take a medium-sized bowl and hold the cut side of the pomegranate in your hand. Create a cup with your hand and hold it over the bowl. Whack the back of the pomegranate with a wooden spoon and the seeds will fall into your hand. Then you can tip them into the bowl. Any stubborn seeds can be removed by pulling the skin of the pomegranate outward a little, then repeating the spoon whacking until all seeds are removed. Put the seeds to one side. How cool is that trick?

One pot lemon garlic chicken cous cous Step4

Peel the zest from the lemons and squeeze the juice into a small bowl. Put to one side.

One pot lemon garlic chicken cous cous Step5 collage

Add the stock and bring to a boil, place the lid on and simmer for ten minutes.

One pot lemon garlic chicken cous cous Step6 collage

Take the lid off and pour in half the lemon juice, then carefully add in the couscous to the sides of the chicken, making sure not to leave any couscous on top of the chicken (as it won鈥檛 get cooked). You can move the chicken breasts to the side of the pan if it makes it easier. Stir everything, ensuring all of the couscous is covered, then place a lid on the skillet and turn the heat down to very low. Cook for five minutes, then turn off the heat.

One pot lemon garlic chicken cous cous Step7 collage

Take off the lid and fluff up the couscous with a fork. Add the zest from one of the lemons and all but one tablespoon of the cilantro. Stir into the couscous.

30 minute One-Pot Lemon and Garlic Chicken with Spicy Couscous

Top with the remaining lemon zest, the pomegranate seeds and the chopped parsley. Serve with the remaining lemon juice.

30 minute One-Pot Lemon and Garlic Chicken with Spicy Couscous

This meal looks impressive served at the table straight from the pan. However, if you wish to dish it up individually, then spoon out the couscous and slice the chicken breast. Top the couscous with the sliced chicken.

Any leftovers can be cooled, covered and refrigerated. It tastes amazing as a cold lunch the following day!

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