Next time you're craving chicken and couscous, but really don't want to dirty 2 pots, cook this easy one skillet chicken with couscous dinner!
ANYTIME you cook a grain -- couscous (I love using Trader Joe's Harvest blend), farro, quinoa, or rice -- you can always start it in a skillet, add liquid (you know I'm a big fan of using chicken broth AND wine because it adds SO much more flavor than just using water) and then add chicken. Finish cooking the dish in the oven and, VOILA, dinner is ready and you only have ONE SKILLET to clean. How awesome is that, right?
Use whatever vegetables you have on hand -- tomatoes, artichokes, asparagus, bell peppers. I highly recommend you use what's in season! This is the perfect dish to add your favorite vegetables from the farmer's market!
Check out this Harissa Chicken recipe for another insanely delicious and easy one pot chicken dinner. It's melt in your mouth with an extra little kick of spice!
What's the most important thing to remember?
Give the chicken time to brown! This is not the time to rush things!
Ghee is great to use instead of butter because it has a higher smoke point. This means you can brown something on high heat and the ghee won't burn. You can fix lots of mishaps in the kitchen, but if something gets burned, it's done! It's impossible to remove that burnt flavor (which no one wants to taste), so you'll have to start over. Now, charred is different from burnt! Don't get those two mixed up, my friend. A good char from the grill or broiler enhances the flavor of your ingredient.
Ok, back to this dish.
Let the chicken take it's time to get good and golden brown before turning it over. If you think it's browning too quickly, turn your heat down. Or, if the front pieces are done, but the back pieces need more time, use tongs to move the chicken around in your skillet.
Don't forget the sprinkle of parsley, lemon zest and Maldon salt. They tie all the flavors of the dish together really beautifully!