Roasted Chicken Thighs With Artichokes & Pearl Couscous

June 25, 2021
2 Ratings
Photo by Tim Morrish
  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Cook time 35 minutes
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

Pearl couscous or Israeli couscous is a type of pasta made from semolina flour. It works really well in casseroles and skillet bakes because it retains its wonderfully chewy texture while absorbing flavor from the other elements in the dish—in this case, chicken and marinated artichokes. This casserole would be equally delicious with salmon fillets or pork chops in place of the chicken; use whichever protein is your favorite.
Samantha Seneviratne

Test Kitchen Notes

This recipe is shared in partnership with Miele. —The Editors

What You'll Need
  • For the topping:
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • For the roasted chicken thighs:
  • 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 bunch scallions (about 8), sliced
  • 1 (14- ounce) can quartered artichoke hearts, rinsed, drained, and patted dry
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cups pearl couscous
  1. Prepare the topping: Heat the oven to 375°F. In a medium bowl, stir together the olive oil and the garlic. Add the panko and gently toss to combine. (Take care not to grind the panko down into fine crumbs.) Spread the panko mixture onto a rimmed baking sheet and bake until golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer the crumbs to the bowl and toss with the parsley, lemon zest, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the chicken: Season the chicken thighs well with salt and pepper. Heat the olive oil in a large, high- sided skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken, skin-side down until the skin is deep golden brown, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
  3. Add the pearl couscous and cook, stirring, until it is golden brown in spots. Add the scallions and the artichokes and cook until the scallions are softened, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in mustard, lemon juice, chicken broth, and milk. Set the chicken on top, skin-side up. Transfer to the oven and bake until the couscous is tender and the chicken is cooked through, about 25 minutes.
  4. Top the finished dish with the panko topping to serve.

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12 Reviews

dpsd17 June 25, 2021
This is so delicious!
aungerland November 3, 2020
I have a gluten allergy and I am wondering if you recommend quinoa or rice and how would you adjust the recipe?
Kathy B. October 26, 2020
This was one of the tastiest recipes I’ve ever made. When it came out of the oven, I sat there with a spoon and started on the couscous. Might I add, I did not have whole milk but used half cream and half skim milk. Might have added that extra “yumminess”. Definitely a 5-star. Would make for company.
HeidiHo! October 1, 2020
How would you suggest adjusting prep/bake times if using breasts vs thighs? Family will only eat white meat chicken...
Brian C. October 1, 2020
I made it last night using thighs and bone-in breasts. Cooked in the oven 25 minutes and it turned out great. It doesn't mention lid on of off -- I cooked it in the oven lid on.
HeidiHo! October 1, 2020
Thanks Brian!
Brian C. September 29, 2020
The website recipe indicates 1 cup couscous yet when you "Print" the recipe it indicates 1.5 cups of couscous. Which is correct, please?
Erin A. September 29, 2020
1 1/2 cups is correct! Sometimes our web page takes a bit longer to update than the print page. Sorry again for the confusion.
Brian C. September 29, 2020
No mention of how much Couscous in the recipe...???
Erin A. September 29, 2020
Apologies, that was an error on our part! The recipe has been updated.
Brian C. September 29, 2020
Please see my most recent question. Thank you!!
Cindy September 29, 2020
I don't see the couscous on the ingredients list.