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Pearl Couscous Skillet with Tomatoes, Chickpeas, and Feta

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2-3 servings 1x


Steamy, saucy goodness! This Couscous Skillet is packed with vibrant flavors and freshness. Pearl couscous, tomatoes, chickpeas, spices, kale, and a bunch of fresh herbs and feta on top. 


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Couscous Skillet with Tomatoes, Chickpeas, and Feta

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • one 14-ounce can chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
  • one 14-ounce can diced tomatoes (I like fire-roasted)
  • 3/4 cups water or vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup pearl couscous
  • 1/4 cup fresh chives, chopped
  • 34 tablespoons of mint leaves, chopped (optional, for topping)
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese (optional, for topping)

Massaged Kale Salad (for serving, if you want):

  • 45 stalks kale, stems removed, torn into small bite-sized pieces (can be curly kale or lacinato kale, I use both)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Add the olive oil to a skillet over medium heat. Add shallots and cumin; sauté until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the chickpeas and mash gently a few times – this is optional but just creates a more interesting texture and helps it get a little bit creamy.
  2. Add the diced canned tomatoes; bring to a simmer.
  3. Add the broth, salt, and couscous; bring to a simmer, then cover and keep on low heat for 6-8 minutes or until the couscous is soft and has absorbed most of the liquid. It should be nice and soft / chewy, like an al dente pasta.
  4. Finish by stirring in chives. Massage the kale with the dressing ingredients in a small bowl for a minute or two, just until tender.
  5. Serve couscous with a little side of the massaged kale. Top individual servings with mint leaves and feta. Creamy, chewy, comforting – it’s so good!


The longer this rests, the more it will absorb liquid. I would recommend serving immediately, or just adding a bit more water when reheating to keep your leftovers creamy.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean-Inspired

Keywords: couscous, tomatoes, skillet dinner