Orange-Olive Chicken Thighs & Couscous with Vegetables, Feta & Dates

Orange-Olive Chicken Thighs & Couscous

with Vegetables, Feta & Dates

35 MIN
-$0.05/serving 2 Servings
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    In this dish, you'll marinate chicken thighs in a zesty combination of our shawarma spice blend, olives, and fresh orange juice, before roasting them in the oven. You'll serve it alongside sweet peppers, tangy feta, and mint––all over a bed of harissa couscous studded with plump medjool dates for pops of sweetness.
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    Orange-Olive Chicken Thighs & Couscous with Vegetables, Feta & Dates
    Title
    • 1 Pork Roast
    • ½ cup Pearl Couscous
    • 1 Navel Orange
    • 4 oz Sweet Peppers
    • 1 oz Castelvetrano Olives
    • 1 oz Dried Medjool Dates
    • 1 bunch Mint
    • 1 Red Onion
    • 1½ oz Feta Cheese
    • 1 Tbsp Shawarma Spice Blend (Ground Coriander, Cumin Seeds, Garlic Powder, Smoked Sweet Paprika & Ground Turmeric)
    • 2 Tbsps Sliced Roasted Almonds
    • 1 Tbsp Red Harissa Paste
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    Prepare the marinade & marinate the pork
    1 Prepare the marinade & marinate the pork

    Place an oven rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 450°F. Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Halve the orange crosswise; squeeze the juice into a large bowl. Pit and roughly chop the olives. To the bowl of orange juice, add the chopped olives, spice blend, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Whisk to combine. Pat the pork dry with paper towels; season with salt and pepper on all sides. Add to the bowl of marinade; turn to coat. Set aside to marinate, turning occasionally, at least 10 minutes.

    Prepare the remaining ingredients
    2 Prepare the remaining ingredients

    Meanwhile, cut off and discard the stems of the peppers; remove the cores, then large dice. Halve and peel the onion; cut into 1/2-inch-wide wedges, keeping the layers intact. Pit and roughly chop the dates. Pick the mint leaves off the stems.

    Roast the pork & vegetables
    3 Roast the pork & vegetables

    Line a sheet pan with foil.  Place the diced peppers and onion wedges on the foil. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper; toss to coat and arrange in an even layer around the edges of the sheet pan. Add the marinated pork (including the marinade) to the center of the sheet pan of seasoned vegetables. Roast 25 to 27 minutes for medium (the center may still be slightly pink), or until the pork is cooked to your desired degree of doneness* and the vegetables are tender when pierced with a fork. Remove from the oven. Carefully transfer the roasted pork to a cutting board; let rest at least 5 minutes. Once rested, find the lines of muscle (or grain) on the pork; thinly slice crosswise against the grain. 

    *The USDA recommends a minimum safe cooking temperature of 145°F for pork.

    Cook the couscous & serve your dish
    4 Cook the couscous & serve your dish

    Meanwhile, add the couscous to the pot of boiling water and cook 5 to 7 minutes, or until tender. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and rinse under warm water to prevent sticking. Return to the pot; add the harissa paste and chopped dates; season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine and cover to keep warm. Serve the sliced pork and roasted vegetables over the finished couscous. Drizzle with any remaining juices from the sheet pan. Garnish with the mint leaves (tearing just before adding), feta (crumbling before adding), and almonds. Enjoy!

    Tips from Home Chefs

    Prepare the marinade & marinate the pork
    1 Prepare the marinade & marinate the pork

    Place an oven rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 450°F. Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Halve the orange crosswise; squeeze the juice into a large bowl. Pit and roughly chop the olives. To the bowl of orange juice, add the chopped olives, spice blend, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Whisk to combine. Pat the pork dry with paper towels; season with salt and pepper on all sides. Add to the bowl of marinade; turn to coat. Set aside to marinate, turning occasionally, at least 10 minutes.

    2 Prepare the remaining ingredients

    Meanwhile, cut off and discard the stems of the peppers; remove the cores, then large dice. Halve and peel the onion; cut into 1/2-inch-wide wedges, keeping the layers intact. Pit and roughly chop the dates. Pick the mint leaves off the stems.

    Prepare the remaining ingredients
    Roast the pork & vegetables
    3 Roast the pork & vegetables

    Line a sheet pan with foil.  Place the diced peppers and onion wedges on the foil. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper; toss to coat and arrange in an even layer around the edges of the sheet pan. Add the marinated pork (including the marinade) to the center of the sheet pan of seasoned vegetables. Roast 25 to 27 minutes for medium (the center may still be slightly pink), or until the pork is cooked to your desired degree of doneness* and the vegetables are tender when pierced with a fork. Remove from the oven. Carefully transfer the roasted pork to a cutting board; let rest at least 5 minutes. Once rested, find the lines of muscle (or grain) on the pork; thinly slice crosswise against the grain. 

    *The USDA recommends a minimum safe cooking temperature of 145°F for pork.

    4 Cook the couscous & serve your dish

    Meanwhile, add the couscous to the pot of boiling water and cook 5 to 7 minutes, or until tender. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and rinse under warm water to prevent sticking. Return to the pot; add the harissa paste and chopped dates; season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine and cover to keep warm. Serve the sliced pork and roasted vegetables over the finished couscous. Drizzle with any remaining juices from the sheet pan. Garnish with the mint leaves (tearing just before adding), feta (crumbling before adding), and almonds. Enjoy!

    Cook the couscous & serve your dish
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