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Author Notes: Not quite sure how I came up with this recipe, but it's great - quick, and chicken thighs are super inexpensive. I also tend to spice this differently every time I make it, but it works well with just salt, pepper, and some garlic. (yum garlic!) It also really helps to have a cast iron pan for this recipe. - Quoo
- 4 chicken thighs
- 1 small onion
- 1 zuchinni
- 1 small yellow sqash
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
- 1 pat of butter
- 1 cup cous cous
- 1 cup water
- salt and pepper to taste
- parchment paper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil (optional)
- Heat a large cast iron pan over medium high heat. If necessary, add the olive oil to the pan.
- Salt and pepper the chicken thighs while waiting for the pan to heat up.
- Place the chicken thighs skin side down in the pan. Cover with a sheet of parchment paper. On top of the parchment paper, place another heavy pan, and weight the pan on top so it'll squish the chicken thighs a bit. I tend to use big cans of tomatoes or whatever I have in the house.
- Cook the chicken skin side down for about 7 minutes. (I think, I usually keep an eye on it and use a meat thermometer to check when it's really done).
- remove the weighted pan, parchment paper, and flip the chicken so the skin is up. Using a new sheet of parchment paper (raw chicken germs are gross!) cover the chicken again, and place the weighted pan on top of the parchment paper again.
- Cook the chicken for 5 minutes or so, using a meat thermometer to check for doneness. (Chicken should reach 165, although you can pull it around 160 or so and it will reach 165 as it rests).
- Set the chicken aside in a bowl, retaining the rendered off chicken fat in the pan. Turn down the heat to medium.
- Chop the zucchini and squash into quarters, lengthwise, then slice into 1/4-1/2 inch slices.
- Boil some water, enough to have a cup of water to make the couscous.
- Chop the onion. Add the onion to the pan, and saute until starting to caramelize.
- Add the minced cloves of garlic, the zucchini and squash. Saute until the zucchini and squash are soft.
- Add the can of tomatoes, and stir.
- Add the boiling water to the cous cous, along with salt and a pat of butter. (I usually do this in a pyrex bowl). Cover, and let sit for 3 minutes.
- Fluff the couscous and spoon into bowls.
- Salt and pepper the vegetable mixture and spoon over the cous cous.
- Place a chicken thigh on top of each bowl and enjoy.