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Chicken and Israeli Couscous with Tomato and Lemon


This quick-cooking, one-pan supper shaves precious minutes off prep time simply by substituting couscous for rice.

  • Yield: Serves 4

Source: Martha Stewart Living, January 2009


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup Israeli couscous
  • 1 1/2 pounds skinless chicken thighs (4 to 6 thighs)
  • 1/2 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 Roma or plum tomatoes (about 1 pound), cut lengthwise into 6 slices
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced (1 tablespoon)
  • 4 strips lemon peel (2 inches each)
  • Pinch of saffron
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc
  • 1 1/2 cups homemade or store-bought low-sodium chicken stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges, for serving


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add couscous, and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Transfer to a bowl, and return skillet to heat.

  2. Cook chicken, smooth side down, until browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Flip, and cook for 2 minutes more. Transfer to a plate, reserving drippings in skillet.

  3. Reduce heat to medium, add onion, and cook, stirring frequently, for 3 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, garlic, lemon peel, and saffron, and cook, stirring frequently, until tomatoes begin to break down, 2 to 3 minutes.

  4. Return chicken to skillet. Add wine, and cook for 4 minutes. Add stock, salt, and couscous, and stir. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until couscous is tender and chicken is cooked through, 12 to 14 minutes. Stir in peas, and cook until heated through, about 1 minute. Serve immediately with lemon.

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