Chicken Couscous Recipe with Bacon and Corn (One Pot Chicken and Couscous)

Chicken Couscous with Bacon and Corn will be your new favorite one pot chicken dinner! I love that this one pot chicken and couscous recipe is a main course and side dish all in one, baked together in flavorful goodness. This delicious chicken couscous recipe takes little effort to make and there’s virtually zero cleanup!

Chicken Couscous recipe filled with bacon and corn

Chicken Couscous Recipe

Chicken Couscous with Bacon and Corn is an EASY one pot chicken dinner for any night of the week! You’re going to love this tasty chicken couscous recipe.

If I’m late posting this new recipe today (I’m trying to post a new recipe every day but dang its sometimes hard to write about food that much! LOL), it’s because I’ve been too busy stuffing my face with this ammmmazing ONE POT CHICKEN COUSCOUS RECIPE WITH BACON AND CORN. That’s a long title…but I didn’t know how else to get across all the perfect flavors in this delicious on pan meal! I love love dinners that all cook together, like my Ranch BBQ Chicken or Chicken Con Queso Skillet…and this Chicken and Couscous recipe with Bacon and Corn is my new favorite.

There’s something magical about a meal that all cooks together; side dish and main course in one. Less cleanup, less fuss, more time with family, more flavor! Win win win!

This One Pot Chicken Couscous Recipe will be your go-to when you need a tasty and impressive meal!

Close up on chicken and couscous with corn and bacon

Chicken couscous meal on plates, garnished with corn

One Pot Chicken and Couscous Dinner

It’s hard to believe this delicious Chicken Couscous Recipe is all made so easily in one pan!

I haven’t had couscous very many times but every time I do, I know I need to make it more. It’s such a sturdy and healthy side dish and is so comforting at the same time. It’s like rice or polenta and goes with almost anything. Couscous is better for you than rice, since it’s a lower calorie option that can replace rice in so many recipes.

This one pot chicken couscous recipe is the perfect example of what you can do with couscous for a simple and tasty dinner. The flavors are SO DELICIOUS. This chicken couscous with bacon and corn is the ultimate meal to make for guests or just for a quiet night at home. Heck, make it tonight! Your family is sure to thank you. We make this and Henry chows down on the couscous, bacon, and corn, and we devour all the chicken. It’s perfect!

Plate of chicken and couscous with bacon and corn

How Do I Make Couscous More Tasty?

Couscous can take on any flavor, which makes it the perfect grain to mix in with your meals. The bacon and corn in this one pot chicken couscous recipe adds a hardy, savory taste. By adding all these flavors into one pot, you end up with a tasty chicken and couscous dish for any occasion!

How to Make Plain Couscous

If you’ve never made couscous, you’ll be surprised by how QUICK and EASY it is. If you want to make plain couscous, all you have to do is follow these simple steps:

  1. Boil water. Use 1 1/2 cups of water for every 1 cup of dry couscous
  2. Add any seasonings you want! Try butter or olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  3. When the water boils, remove it from heat. Add your couscous, cover with a lid, and let it sit for about 5 minutes.
  4. Once the couscous has soaked up all the water, fluff it with a fork and serve.

You can eat couscous hot or cold. Try mixing it in with your vegetable side dishes to make a quick meal or pair it with any chicken dish to create your own chicken couscous recipe.

Chicken and bacon recipe with corn and couscous on a plate

This chicken couscous recipe is classy enough for the fanciest guests or homey enough to make for yourself and pack as leftovers. It’s simply delicious and deliciously simple! I just love chicken and couscous and I can’t wait for you to try it.

See the recipe card for details on how to make this one pot chicken couscous recipe. Enjoy!

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One Pot Couscous Chicken with Bacon and Corn
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr
This Chicken Couscous recipe with Bacon and Corn will be your new favorite one pot chicken dinner! I love that this one pot chicken and couscous recipe is a main course and side dish all in one, baked together in flavorful goodness. This delicious chicken couscous dish takes little effort to make and there's virtually zero cleanup!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: chicken and couscous, chicken couscous, one pot chicken
Servings: 6
Calories: 907 kcal
Author: Becky Hardin | The Cookie Rookie
  • ¾ cup original Moroccan-style Couscous
  • 6 chicken thighs we used bone in with skin but you can use whatever kind you prefer
  • Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 slices bacon cut crosswise into ½-inch pieces, divided
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium sweet yellow onion minced
  • 6 cloves garlic peeled but left whole
  • cups heavy cream or half and half milk can be substituted, but it can curdle
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 cups frozen corn thawed (Green Giant Roasted Corn is great)
  • 1 lemon (half will be used in the dish and half will be used as garnish)
  • 2 radishes very thinly sliced
  • Extra crisped bacon
  • Chopped parsley
  • Freshly squeezed Lemon juice
  1. Cook couscous according to package directions.
  2. Season the chicken thighs, on both sides, with salt & pepper
  3. In a large skillet, cook the bacon pieces just until lightly browned and just crispy. Transfer bacon, with a slotted spoon, to a paper towel-lined plate. Reserve 2 tablespoons bacon grease, and refrigerate the remainder for later use.
  4. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil to the skillet with the rendered bacon fat.
  5. Heat the bacon fat/oil, over medium heat until the oil has a sheen.
  6. Place the thighs, top side down, in the skillet. Brown the chicken until golden, and transfer to another paper towel-lined plate.
  7. Add minced onion and garlic to the skillet and sauté until onion is translucent and garlic softens.
  8. Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the cooked couscous; cook until couscous begins to brown, about 5 minutes. Stir often.
  9. Add the cream, thyme sprigs, salt, pepper and all except 2 tablespoons crisped bacon; bring to a simmer. Stir.
  10. Add chicken thighs, crisp side up. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 30 minutes.
  11. Stir in corn and thyme leaves. Drizzle with the juice from 1 lemon.
  12. Cover and cook until liquid has almost evaporated, 15-20 minutes.
  13. To serve:
  14. Place a scoop of the couscous mixture on a serving plate and top with one chicken thigh. Garnish with radish slices, reserved bacon, parsley and squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
  15. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Facts
One Pot Couscous Chicken with Bacon and Corn
Amount Per Serving
Calories 907 Calories from Fat 648
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 72g 111%
Saturated Fat 32g 160%
Cholesterol 265mg 88%
Sodium 713mg 30%
Potassium 625mg 18%
Total Carbohydrates 37g 12%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 1g
Protein 29g 58%
Vitamin A 32.2%
Vitamin C 22.4%
Calcium 10%
Iron 10.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Skinless? The pictures sure look like skin-on thighs. And the recipe says to put the the cris side up. Ive never seen a boneless thigh be crispy unless it was really over cooked. (I dont know why this comment is in all caps.)
The recipe calls for boneless, skinless thighs and yet it is pictured here with skin on the chicken.
Those are not boneless,skinless thighs pictured.Is the cooking time accurate for whole thighs or b/s thighs?
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