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Persian Chicken Thighs
with couscous / cucumber and pomegranate salad

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This colorful meal was last featured in 2021. A yogurt-based marinade tenderizes and flavors the chicken, which is then finished on a sheet pan.

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Ingredients

Metric
Servings:
4
Persian Chicken Thighs:
  • Onions, medium - 1/2, sliced
  • Yogurt, plain or Greek - 1/2 cup, plus extra for serving
  • Oil, olive - 2 Tbsp
  • Lemon juice - 2 Tbsp
  • Cumin, ground - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric, ground - 1 tsp
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Cinnamon, ground - 1/4 tsp
  • Chicken thighs, boneless and skinless - 1 lb
  • Foil (opt) - for roasting
Cucumber and Pomegranate Salad:
  • Cucumbers - 1 lb, diced (preferably a seedless variety, like English cucumbers)
  • Mint, fresh (opt) - 6 leaves, chopped
  • Pomegranate seeds - 1/4 cup (look for these removed from the pomegranate shells in the produce section; sub chopped nuts or skip)
  • Oil, olive - 1 Tbsp
  • Lemon juice - 1 Tbsp
Couscous:
  • Stock, any type - 1 cup (sub water)
  • Salt - 1/4 tsp
  • Butter - 2 Tbsp
  • Couscous, uncooked - 3/4 cup

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Prep

  1. Make couscous - Combine stock, salt (portion for couscous), and butter in a saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Stir in couscous and cover with lid. Let stand for ~5 minutes before fluffing with a fork. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  2. Onions - Slice onions. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  3. Marinate chicken - (If prepping right before cooking, get oven heating while chicken marinates.) Combine onions, yogurt, olive oil (portion for chicken), lemon juice (portion for chicken), cumin, turmeric, salt (portion for chicken), and ground cinnamon. Add chicken and tenderize with a fork. Marinate for at least 20 minutes and up to 1 day. (Can be done 1 day ahead)

  4. Cucumbers / Mint - Prep as directed. (Can be done 1 day ahead)

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Make

  1. Heat oven to 425F / 218C.

  2. Line a sheet pan with foil (optional, but will make clean up easy) or brush with some cooking oil. Spread chicken and onions out on prepared sheet pan (no need to drain off marinade). Season with some salt and pepper.

  3. Transfer sheet pan with chicken and onions to the oven. Roast until chicken is cooked through, 25 to 35 minutes (depending on size). The chicken is done when it reaches 165F / 74C degrees.

  4. When chicken is nearly done roasting, toss together cucumbers, mint (if using), pomegranate seeds, olive oil (portion for salad), and lemon juice (portion for salad). Season with some salt.

  5. If couscous was made ahead, reheat in the microwave.

  6. Serve chicken and onions over couscous with salad on the side. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (29)
Gluten-free (1)
Paleo (1)
Vegetarian (3)

9 reviews

Made this for company, and it was excellent!

By: Kathy
Posted: Nov 19, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

So good! Followed exactly! Don’t miss the mint!

By: Alyssa
Posted: Nov 19, 2022
Diet: Gluten-free
0 Helpful

Delicious ! Next time I will reduce the amount of butter in the couscous it seemed like a lot.

By: Jane
Posted: Nov 18, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Really good but might skip the salad.

By: Diane
Posted: Nov 18, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Loving everything about this meal. Wouldn't change a thing. Don't skip the pomegranates.

By: Brent
Posted: Nov 17, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Wow! So easy and so good!

By: Kristin
Posted: Nov 16, 2022
Diet: Original
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