One Pot Chicken and Israeli Couscous
One pot meals are seriously a genius invention that is perfect for busy moms.
A huge advantage is that they cut back on stacks of dirty plates and pans.
I just add everything to the same pot and I’m rewarded with a complete meal – protein, veggies and starch side dish.
This recipe has chicken and Israeli couscous, two ingredients that almost everyone has at home, and everything cooks in a delicious sauce where the flavors come together beautifully.
Can I tell you a secret? Even though I made this for my kids, I couldn’t resist the temptation and devoured it as well. I also prepared a video clip where I give a few tips on what else you can make.
Makes 4 servings
7 – 10 chicken drumsticks
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic
3 Tbsp oil
2 cups Israeli couscous
1.5 cups water
1/2 Tbsp Moroccan paprika
1 Tbsp sweet chili sauce
1 tsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp sugar (to taste)
1 Tbsp chicken bouillon
Ground black pepper
Salt (if needed, to taste)
1. Heat a pot or large deep pan with 3 Tbsp of oil, add the drumsticks and sauté on all sides for around 5 minutes on high heat (careful, the oil and fat splatters!)
2. Finely dice the vegetables and sprinkle over the drumsticks and add the other ingredients, except for the Israeli couscous. Add enough water to cover the chicken (approx. 2 cups) and cook, covered, for 50 minutes on medium heat.
3. After 50 minutes, the amount of water needs to reach 3/4 the height of the chicken, add the Israeli couscous + another 1.5 cups of water. Cover and cook for another 6 minutes on medium heat. If there’s more water in the pot then add only a cup instead of a cup and a half. If there’s less water, then increase the amount you add to 2 cups.
4. Turn off the heat and keep covered for another 20 minutes.
Good to know…
After 20 minutes, most of the liquid is absorbed but some still remains. The end result is Israeli couscous and chicken in a sauce.