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Chicken with Artichokes over Israeli Couscous

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This Chicken with Artichokes over Israeli Couscous is an easy weeknight meal that can be on the table in a little more than 30 minutes!

Chicken with Artichokes over Israeli Couscous on a white dinner plate

Chicken with Artichokes over Israeli Couscous

I spotted this recipe for Chicken with Artichokes over Israeli Couscous in one of the earliest issues of the now-defunct Everyday Food magazine. Totally enamored by the look of the Israeli couscous, I scoured the city for some to no avail.   Back then, I resorted to a mail-order source but now can find it easily in some of the higher-end grocery stores.

What is Israeli Couscous?

Israeli couscous is actually little pearls of pasta, and I find it closer to the texture of orzo than standard couscous. Like traditional couscous, it’s made of semolina flour. Known as Ptitim in the Middle East, it was developed as a replacement for rice when the latter was scarce.

It is truly worth the hunt to have a stash in your pantry.  And this quick recipe is one of my favorite ways to showcase this delicious pasta. Even if you’re not a fan of classic couscous, give this pearl couscous a try!

Overhead view of Chicken with Artichokes over Israeli Couscous

How to Make This Easy Chicken Recipe

This artichoke chicken pasta is a snap to pull together. It is made with a slew of kitchen staples: frozen chicken breasts, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, chicken broth and, of course, the couscous. I   make certain to add scallions to my grocery list and I’m set.

First, I   seasoned then chicken, dusted with flour, then browned it in olive oil. Next, the garlic, sun-dried tomatoes and scallions were added after the chicken was removed, then some chicken broth was whisked in for a quick sauce. While the chicken was working on its tan, I boiled the couscous in chicken broth. Dinner was ready in about 30 minutes. This chicken with artichokes over Israeli couscous was perfect for a busy weekday but lovely enough for company.

You might also enjoy this Chicken with Broccoli Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Pasta and more of my Chicken Recipes.

Chicken with Artichokes over Israeli Couscous

Chicken with Artichokes over Israeli Couscous

A quick, delicious skillet chicken dish with artichokes and sun-dried tomatoes

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 6 servings


  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, drained and sliced into strips
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 can artichoke hearts packed in water, drained and halved
  • A bunch of scallions, thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, sliced thinly
  • 1 cup chicken broth

For couscous:

  • 1 cup Israeli couscous
  • 2 cups chicken broth


  1. Flatten the chicken with a meat mallet till about 1/2 inch thick.
  2. In a skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Season chicken with salt and pepper and coat with flour, shaking off any excess. Saute till lightly browned on each side and cooked through. Remove.
  3. Add the remaining olive oil. Add garlic and sautรฉ then add white parts of scallions, Add the one cup of chicken broth. Stir and cook, scraping up the brown bits from the bottom of the pan Add artichokes and sun-dried tomatoes. Cook till the artichokes and tomatoes are heated through. slightly. Taste and add more salt and pepper if desired.
  4. To make couscous, bring the 2 cups of chicken broth to a boil. Add couscous. Boil till couscous is tender, about 10 minutes. Drain.
  5. Serve the chicken over couscous, and spoon sauce over chicken. Sprinkle with the remaining scallions.

Yield: 6 servings

Total time: 30-45 minutes


Adapted from Everyday Food

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 chicken breast

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 375 Total Fat: 15g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 11g Cholesterol: 104mg Sodium: 741mg Carbohydrates: 18g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 1g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 42g
Chicken with Artichokes over Israeli Couscous

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41 comments on “Chicken with Artichokes over Israeli Couscous”

  1. Looks very tasty. I too have searched for israeli couscous before to no avail. Your recipe reminds me that maybe I need to take another look around.

  2. this dish looks real nice tasty.

  3. Artichokes are so difficult to come by here Lizzy though I have watched this ingredients being used on TV.

    I like the way you have prepared the chicken with all the ingredients added inside.

  4. What a simple and healthy recipe. Perfect for a quick weeknight meal.

  5. I have to admit I never had artichokes on the meal like that,I think I have on dipping sauce,but that sound good with chicken and couscous,Great healty dinner recipe.

  6. Really lovely elegant meal – delicious flavors ๐Ÿ™‚
    Mary x

  7. I love a meal like this that you can practically make out of the pantry. Great for busy days. Chicken and artichokes together is a great combination. (I wish I could find frozen artichokes!)

  8. Great post. I love artichokes! When I first saw it I thought it was Jerusalem artichokes since it was Israeli Couscous.

  9. What a nice well rounded meal to grace the table with! I have recently got hooked on cous cous and artichokes are something I have not tried yet. Your pictures do inspire though, it looks delicious.

  10. Adoro i carciofi, in generale amo tutta la verdura!! Mi piace il pollo e questo piatto completo รจ molto interessante!!!
    Felice giornata!!
    Un bacio!!!

  11. Oh yum, really this looks awesome …. your family is so lucky to have you!

  12. you’ve just reminded me that I have some Israeli couscous in my pantry that I should use up, this looks wonderful!

  13. Let’s see, you’ve already taught me about ganache, spatchcocked, & Dorie…now Israeli couscous. Look forward to many more!

    Thanks for making artichokes look so lovely, they ARE quite tasty ๐Ÿ˜‰

  14. Artichokes are a favorite of mine. This dish looks very good. Hope you have a beautiful and blessed day Lizzy. Catherine xo

  15. I need this is my life. Love using artichokes – and all couscous dazzles me! Gorgeous photos. I always want to sit at your table when I visit.

  16. Lizzy, so glad to see you’re using Israel couscous, combining it…yet, another delicious way, with chicken breasts, and artichokes. Printing out your yummy recipe, because now, I have more requests from family to make couscous another way.
    This is not a side dish…it’s a full, and satisfying meal:DDD

  17. You had me at artichokes, this looks delicious!

  18. I must admit that I’m not a huge fan of artichokes but this makes them sound so appealing. I love Israeli cous cous though, great dish, Liz!

  19. Can you believe and Im cookiin some artichokes?? but arent pretty I will mashed them and make maybe a tortilla. But your plate look delicious Lizzy!! gloria

  20. I’ve actually never had couscous before… it looks good though.

  21. What a sumptuous meal!! Love the combination.

  22. Love the combination of Couscous with artichokes and the sun dried tomatoes, I want to have this for lunch!!!!

  23. Looks really good . I love artichokes but you rarely get it here , I buy the frozen variety sometimes .

  24. This looks delicious! Why do I only use artichokes in dip. I should cook with them more. I bought some Israeli couscous at Costco. I need to work it into a recipe to try it out. Now you’ve inspired me. ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. I’ve never cooked with Israeli couscous. I may have seen it in the ethnic aisle of the supermarket, hopefully

  26. Lizzy, I love Israeli couscous…and your made it very nice with chicken and artichoke…great meal.
    Hope you are having a fantastic week ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. I agree with Ramona, I’ve got to get out of my artichokes with dip comfort zone. This is a hearty meal.

  28. This is such a delicious plate of food! I love artichokes!!

  29. Yay! I love the new blog layout! It looks fantastic as does this dish! It has so many of my favorite ingredients I know I’d love it! Delicious!!

  30. Fantastic, Lizzy! This looks amazing…but that’s no surprise – you really make the most amazing dishes! I’m a big fan of Israeli couscous!

  31. Lizzy this dish looks packed with flavor! Artichokes are one of my faves & love the addition of sun-dried tomatoes

  32. The Israeli couscous looks tasty! Great dish!

  33. Mmm…I’m going to have to try this one, Lizzy. I’ll have to look for the Israeli couscous.

  34. I love coucous but i find it incredibly difficult to make. everytime i make coucous I always screw it up and fail at it ๐Ÿ™ it always ends up tasting like crap. haha but you make it seem really easy to make ๐Ÿ™‚ im very inspired and will try it again!

  35. By reading your description, I think I’d love Israeli couscous more than regular ones. I love artichokes and both ingredients must compliment each other very well!

  36. This looks so delectable! Gotta get some artichokes too.

  37. Lovely recipe…!!!

  38. I love Israeli Couscous as well and this dish is so Mediterranean. I just printed it off and will make this soon for my crew.

    Thanks for sharing!

  39. I really like a food like this that you can essentially make out of the kitchen. Excellent for fast paced days. Hen and artichokes together is an excellent collaboration.

  40. This looks and sounds absolutely wonderful, liz!! I’m having a small dinner party Friday evening, maybe this should be on the menu??

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