Lemon-Paprika Chicken with Chickpeas and Couscous

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
This recipe is inspired by the flavors of the Lebanese dish “Shish Tawook” which is a classic marinated grilled chicken kebab recipe. This version uses fewer ingredients but is still loaded with flavor, with the marinade also acting as a delicious sauce tossed with couscous and chickpeas.



  1. Preheat the oven to 375˚ F. Whisk the lemon juice, tomato paste, 2 tablespoons olive oil, the paprika, thyme, garlic and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a small bowl. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels; season with salt and pepper. Rub the chicken with 3 tablespoons of the lemon-paprika mixture to evenly coat.
  2. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until browned on one side, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, remove 3 tablespoons liquid from the can of chickpeas and transfer to a medium bowl. Drain and rinse the chickpeas. Add to the bowl with the chickpea liquid and add the remaining lemon-paprika mixture and the bell pepper; toss. Flip the chicken and scatter the chickpea mixture around the chicken, scraping any liquid into the pan. Transfer the skillet to the oven and roast until the chicken is cooked through, 8 to 12 minutes. 
  3. Meanwhile, cook the couscous as the label directs. Fluff the couscous with a fork.
  4. Remove the chicken to a plate. Add the couscous to the chickpea mixture and stir together to absorb the pan sauce; season with salt and pepper. Slice the chicken and divide among plates along with the couscous-chickpea mixture. Top with the parsley and serve with lemon wedges.