Sheet Pan Chicken Thighs with Curried Vegetables and Couscous

I’m a huge fan of sheet pan dinners and these Sheet Pan Chicken Thighs with Curried Vegetables and Couscous is a fantastic one-pan meal! If you’ve tried my Sheet Pan Chicken with Roasted Potatoes and Veggies, this is a great follow-up to try!

It comes together so quickly and easily and the flavors are so fantastic between the cinnamon on the chicken and the curry powder on the vegetables! It’s sure to wake out those taste buds and get you out of your chicken rut! 

A close up of a plate of food with a fork, with Chicken and Couscous
I usually serve 2 chicken thighs for adults, 1 for kids

It’s easier than a Roast Chicken because there is no carving to do, and it’s quicker too allowing you to get a complete chicken dinner on the table in less than an hour! 

a vertical image of roasted chicken thighs on a bed of couscous
A rustic terra cotta platter works great for serving this meal

Why You Will Love this:

  • The chicken is moist and juicy with crispy skin flavored with the hint of sweetness coming from the cinnamon.
  • The chicken and vegetables create a delicious sauce that is fantastic when poured over the couscous
  • The vegetables become tender and syrupy in the oven.
  • You can serve the entire meal on one platter family-style, which makes for an easy and pretty presentation.

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What Cut of Chicken Works Best?

This recipe works best with dark cuts of chicken such as chicken thighs, quarters, or drumsticks. The dark meat remains moist and juicy during the 45 minutes of cooking time needed to cook the vegetables, whereas the white meat would begin to dry out.

raw bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs

Bone-in, skin-on cuts also keep the meat moist as well, since they take longer to cook than boneless cuts, and the rendered fat from the skin, keeps the meat moist, while also flavoring the vegetables. 

Presentation Tip:

The carrots are the star of the show. They are the most prominent vegetable in the couscous so I like to make them look as decorative as possible. Cutting them on the diagonal is a simple trick that will make them look extra fancy.

The curry powder in the vegetables really makes this dish sing! If you’re a curry powder fan, you may also like my Quinoa with Roasted Curried Vegetable recipe. That’s a great vegetarian option to try! 

Slicing carrots into 1 inch chunks on the diagnol

Cooking the Couscous

Couscous has to be one of the easiest side dishes to make because it cooks in just 5 minutes. There’s no worry of overcooking it because it cooks with the heat off, it’s actually the residual steam from boiled water that cooks it. This alleviates the need to be strapped to the stovetop stirring and checking on it. All you have to do is fluff it up with a fork when it’s done!

fluffing cooked couscous in a pot

Getting The Timing Right:

I love couscous as a side dish to the cinnamon chicken because you can whip it up during the last 5 minutes of the chicken’s cooking time. And when your chicken is done, the couscous will be done.

But if the timing thing stresses you out, do what I do! Just keep the chicken in the oven at 200F. This will keep it warm while you prepare the couscous. There is no worry of drying out the chicken because that’s very hard to do with dark meat cuts. 

chopping fresh mint on a cutting board with bowls of dried fruit to the side


You can substitute the dried fruit and pistachios for other combinations. Dried cherries, figs, or apricots would also be great. If you can’t find shelled pistachios, it’s not worth shelling them yourself! Instead use raw, sliced almonds or pine nuts.

How-To Serve:

This meal is beautifully served on a large rustic platter. Place the couscous down first as a bed, pour some of the sauce from the sheet pan on top, then spoon the vegetables over the couscous, and then place the chicken. I also use the orange slices as garnishes and sprinkle with a little bit more mint on top. 

sheet pan chicken thighs on top of a platter of couscous and vegetables

Then you can let everyone serve themselves! It’s such a pretty dinner idea that’s special enough for a Sunday night dinner but also easy enough for a weeknight meal!

serving a roasted chicken thigh dinner on a white plate with a side of couscous

How-To Reheat the Leftovers

This recipe also makes great leftovers too! Just pack up the chicken in one container, and the couscous and vegetables in another. Reheat the couscous in the microwave until hot, and place the chicken on a sheet pan at 350F for 15 minutes.

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Chicken thighs and cous cous on a platter

Sheet Pan Chicken Recipe with Curried Vegetables and Couscous

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

A delicious sheet pan chicken dinner that is as flavorful as it is beautiful. Roasts in 45 minutes and the couscous is done in less than 6 minutes!



  • 8 Chicken thighs, bone-in, skin-on (4lbs) (1800g)
  • ½ tsp (2.5ml) kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp (30ml) freshly squeezed navel orange Juice
  • 1 tbsp (30ml) olive oil, separated
  • ½ tsp (2.5ml) ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp (5ml) dried parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • 2 cups (300g) Vidalia sweet onions, cut into ½ inch thick wedges
  • 2 cups (300g) carrots, cut into 2 inch long pieces and then sliced in half, lengthwise, on the diagonal
  • 3 garlic cloves sliced thinly
  • 3 tbsp (45ml) olive oil
  • 1 tsp (5ml) curry powder
  • ¼ tsp (1.25ml) kosher salt
  • Freshly cracked pepper to taste
  • 4 Navel orange wheels, sliced ½ inch thick, cut in half


  • 1 cup (240ml) of water
  • 2 tbsp (30g) butter
  • ½ tsp (2.5ml) salt
  • 1 cup (180ml) couscous
  • 1/4 cup (40g) raisins or currants
  • ¼ cup (40g) Golden Raisins
  • ¼ cup (40g) raw shelled pistachios



Unfurl the chicken thighs so that they lay flat and the skin is stretched as far as it will go. This will allow the skin to become crispy. Place the chicken thighs on a sheet pan, spreading them out so that they have room in between them.

Season each thigh with a good sprinkle of salt, underneath the skin. Then brush the skin of each thigh with olive oil. Sprinkle the top of each thigh with cinnamon, parsley, and salt and pepper to taste. Set the tray aside.

In a large bowl combine the onions, carrots, and garlic. Add the olive oil, curry powder, salt and pepper, and the juice of half an orange. Toss to coat.

Add the vegetable mixture to the sheet pan, placing the vegetables in and around the chicken. Add the orange slices evenly distributed on top of the vegetables.

Place the tray in a preheated oven at 425F for 45 minutes. Once done, keep warm in a 200F oven while you prepare the couscous.


Place water, butter, and salt in a medium-sized pot. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, add couscous. Turn off the heat and cover for 5 minutes.

Fluff the couscous with a fork and then add the currants, raisins, pistachios, and mint. Toss together and transfer to a serving bowl.



Transfer the chicken to a plate momentarily so it's easier to get to the vegetables and the sauce. You'll place the chicken on top of the platter last.

Transfer the couscous to a large platter. Spread it out so it acts as a bed. Then with a slotted spoon, transfer the vegetables on top. Then add the sauce that formed from the chicken on top of the couscous. This is "to taste" so only add as much sauce as you like. You can also reserve the rest to serve alongside the chicken in a gravy boat.

Place the caramelized orange wheels around the platter as a garnish. Then place the chicken on top of the couscous and vegetables. Garnish with freshly chopped mint over the whole platter.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 606Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 25gCholesterol: 222mgSodium: 461mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 5gSugar: 27gProtein: 43g
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  1. Thank you for the exellent reciepe. I made it according to your instruction and it’s very easy to make and tasty. I baught the thin couscous and it’s too thin… next time I will buy the medium one. Anyway, the kids loved it!

    1. Oh sure I actually bought it on Etsy a few years ago, but saw this platter on Amazon which looks similar and it comes with the small dishes so you can also use it for salsa and chips of Guacamole! So cute 🙂