Who doesn’t like a good chicken thigh? It’s such a tender and juicy joint and when roasted has a lovely crispy skin.
When I roast thighs, I try to add very little to its taste. A bit of seasoning is usually all you need, so long as you serve it with something with a bit of depth.
Cue my giant couscous with Med’ veg! It makes such a comforting dish of food without relying on cheese or too much carbs (I didn’t think that was possible!).
6 chicken thighs
1 yellow pepper, cored and cut into chunks
1 leek, thinly slices
1 large aubergine, cubed (1cm)
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 red chilli, finely chopped
2 tablespoons tomato puree
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
250g giant couscous
2 handfuls of spinach
8 chestnut mushrooms
1 handful of olives
- Season and drizzle oil over the chicken thighs and pepper chunks on separate baking tins in a preheated oven at 190C/375F/Gas Mark 5 and set the timer for 35 minutes
- Meanwhile, gently fry the leek, aubergine, garlic and chilli over a low heat for around 15 minutes with a little oil and seasoning. Then add the tomato puree and vinegar and continue to gently simmer
- Next, bring salted water in a saucepan to a boil before adding the couscous. Immediately reduce the heat to a simmer and cover with a lid
- After around 9 minutes when the couscous is tender, drain thoroughly before adding this to the simmering frying pan mix
- Next, de-stalk the mushrooms before frying off each side in a little oil for around 3 minutes on each side. Then add these to the frying pan mix, along with the olives
- When the timer goes off, add the peppers to the frying pan mix, along with any chicken juices from the thighs, olives and spinach, and incorporate. Serve in a large bowl, topping off with the chicken thighs.
- Feel free to use whatever colour pepper you prefer. Personally, I like all peppers of all colours but I only like yellow peppers with chicken. The sweetness works really well with chicken, whereas I tend to mostly use red and green peppers for beef
- This recipe can also work with any other joints of chicken, or indeed any other meat. Chuck some prawns in there instead? Strips of beef? Or cubed squash for a veggie/vegan option?