One-pot lemon and thyme chicken recipe

  • Serves 4
  • 15 mins to prepare and 40 mins to cook
  • 756 calories / serving
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Packed with tender squash, salty capers and fragrant thyme, this easy one-pot chicken and couscous recipe can be prepared in under an hour and makes a simple and delicious midweek meal for the family. 

Preheat the oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180ºC. Season the chicken thighs. 

Heat the oil in a large ovenproof pan over a medium-high heat for 1 minute, then add the chicken, skin-side down. Cook for 5 minutes until golden brown, then turn. Add the squash and cook for another 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until the squash is golden brown. Add the onion and garlic, along with the capers, lemon zest and thyme leaves.

Put the pan in the oven for 10 minutes to bake, then remove and add the courgette, pepper, spinach, couscous, lemon juice and the chicken stock. Return the pan to the oven for 10 minutes, or until the couscous has absorbed most of the liquid and the chicken is cooked through with no pink meat remaining.

Remove the pan from the oven and scatter over the parsley and pine nuts, if using. Drizzle over a little extra olive oil to serve.

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  • Ingredients

  • 8 chicken thighs, skin on
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra to serve
  • 1 small squash, cut into 2.5cm (1in) cubes
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced or crushed
  • 1 tbsp capers, roughly chopped
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 2 thyme sprigs, leaves picked
  • 1 courgette, trimmed and cut into 5mm (1/4in) cubes
  • 1 green pepper, seeded and cut into 5mm (1/4in) cubes
  • handful spinach
  • 100g (3 1/2oz) couscous
  • 250ml chicken stock
  • bunch flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 2 tbsp pine nuts (optional)
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  • Energy 3150kj 756kcal 38%
  • Fat 48.1g 69%
  • Saturates 16g 80%
  • Sugars 9.3g 10%
  • Salt 1.7g 28%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 34.4g Protein 48.4g Fibre 2.7g


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