3 1/2- to 4-pound chicken
large yellow onion, quartered
whole black peppercorns
10-ounce box couscous
kalamata olives, pitted and chopped
fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, roughly chopped
15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
lemon, cut into wedges
- Rinse the chicken inside and out and pat it dry with paper towels. Place the chicken in a large pot.
- Cut 3 of the carrots and 2 of the celery stalks into 1-inch pieces. Quarter the onion. Add the cut vegetables to the pot with the salt, peppercorns, and enough cold water to cover (about 8 cups). Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, skimming any foam that rises to the top, until the chicken is cooked through, about 30 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a bowl and let cool.
- Strain the broth, discarding the vegetables. Return the broth to the pot.
- Thinly slice the remaining carrots and celery. Add them to the broth and simmer until tender, about 10 minutes.
- While the soup simmers, cook the couscous according to the package directions. Add the olives and parsley to the couscous and divide among bowls.
- When the chicken is cool enough to handle, shred the meat and add it to the soup. Stir in the chickpeas. Ladle the soup over the couscous mixture. Serve with the lemon wedges.