Baked spiced chicken with couscous recipe

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serves: 4
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
Prep: 10 min
Cooking: 45 min

Nutrition per portion

Calories 488 kCal 24%
Fat 10g 14%
  -  Saturates 2g 10%
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  • A wonderfully tasty, warming winter meal. Tender chicken thighs in a spicy sauce, served with couscous, peas and good-for-you spinach. The whole family will love it. As this dish is under 500 calories, it’s part of our low calorie meals collection.


    • 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, secured together with cocktail sticks
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 2tbsp medium curry powder
    • 1tbsp paprika
    • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
    • 1 onion, peeled and sliced into rings
    • 4tbsp chopped fresh coriander
    • 1tbsp malt vinegar
    • 1tbsp olive oil
    • 350g (12oz) couscous
    • 450ml (¾ pint) hot chicken stock
    • 300g (10oz) frozen peas
    • 200g (7oz) baby spinach leaves
    • 4 litre (6½ pint) casserole dish


    • Put the chicken into the casserole dish. Season and add the curry powder, paprika, garlic, onion, coriander, vinegar and oil, and mix well. Cover and leave to marinate in the fridge for at least 20 mins, or a few hours, if you have time.

    • Set the oven to Gas Mark 6 or 200°C. Pour over 300ml (½ pint) water. Cover and bake the chicken for 45 mins.

    • Meanwhile, put the couscous into an ovenproof serving dish and pour over the stock. Add some salt, then stir and leave for 5 mins until the stock is absorbed.

    • Add the frozen peas and spinach leaves. Cover with foil and bake for 10 mins while the chicken is cooking. Serve the chicken on top of the couscous and pour over the juices.

    Top tip for making Baked spiced chicken with couscous

    Chicken thighs have more flavour and bake better than chicken breast.

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