Grilled chicken thigh w/pecan couscous

Grilled Moroccan Chicken Thighs with Pecan Couscous

Submitted by: Andie Mitchell

Blogger Andie Mitchell shares a recipe perfect for grilling season – delicious chicken thighs with Moroccan spices paired with a flavorful pecan couscous.


  • For the marinade:
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice (juice of 2 lemons)
  • 1/4 cup pitted prunes, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup pitted green olives
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed
  • For the pecan couscous:
  • 3/4 cup fresh pecan pieces
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups couscous
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup pitted prunes, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup pitted green olives, sliced


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the paprika, cumin, 1 teaspoon salt, ¾ teaspoon pepper, turmeric, cayenne, cinnamon, and ginger.
  2. In a food processor, pulse the olive oil, prunes, olives, garlic, and spice mixture until smooth paste forms, about 1 minute, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Transfer the paste to a large bowl with the chicken thighs and toss to coat them well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 1 day.
  3. On a gas grill, turn all burners to medium-high, cover, and heat until hot, about 15 minutes. Once hot, oil your cooking grates. Arrange chicken on the grill. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, flip over, and cook for an additional 6 to 8 minutes, until the chicken registers 185 degrees on an instant-read thermometer. Transfer the chicken thighs to a platter, tent with aluminum foil, and let rest for 10 minutes.
  4. While the chicken is grilling, make the couscous: In a medium saucepan, bring the broth, salt, and oil to a boil. Stir in the couscous, cover tightly with a lid, and remove from heat. Let the couscous stand for 5 minutes. Use a fork to fluff the couscous and stir in the lemon juice, parsley, prunes, olives, and pecans. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper as desired.
  5. Arrange the couscous on a large platter, top with the cooked chicken thighs, and serve with lemon wedges, if desired.

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