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Chicken Thighs with Couscous & Kale

Chicken Thighs with Couscous & Kale

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.


4 servings, 1 thigh & 3/4 cup couscous each

Prep Time

20 minutes

Total Time

30 minutes


  • 1 1/2teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 1/2teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/4teaspoon salt
  • 1/4teaspoon pepper
  • 4large boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 1 1/4 pounds), trimmed
  • 2tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1medium onion, halved and sliced
  • 1cup Israeli couscous
  • 2cloves garlic, minced
  • 4cups very thinly sliced kale
  • 2cups 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.

Nutrition Facts

Per serving (recipe makes 4 servings, 1 thigh & 3/4 cup couscous each)

Calories 414kcal
Carbohydrate Total 38g
Total Sugars 2g
Added Sugars 0g
Fiber 4g
Total Fat 16g
Saturated Fat 3g
Mono Saturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol 76mg
Sodium 517mg
Protein 29g
Potassium 606mg
Calcium 123mg
Folate 35mcg
Omega-6 2g
Vitamin E 3mg
Zinc 3mg
Vitamin B3 6mg