One-pan chicken couscous

One-pan chicken couscous

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 15 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

This satisfying yet superhealthy recipe is all cooked in one pan for minimum washing up

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition

kcalories
281
protein
20g
carbs
41g
fat
6g
saturates
1g
fibre
3g
sugar
9g
salt
0.48g

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 200g chicken breasts, diced
  • good chunk fresh root ginger
  • 1-2 tbsp harissa paste, plus extra to serve
  • 10 dried apricots
  • 220g can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 200g couscous
  • 200ml hot chicken stock
  • handful coriander, chopped, to serve

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Method

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan and cook the onion for 1-2 mins just until softened. Add the chicken and fry for 7-10 mins until cooked through and the onions have turned golden. Grate over the ginger, stir through the harissa to coat everything and cook for 1 min more.
  2. Tip in the apricots, chickpeas and couscous, then pour over the stock and stir once. Cover with a lid or tightly cover the pan with foil and leave for about 5 mins until the couscous has soaked up all the stock and is soft. Fluff up the couscous with a fork and scatter over the coriander to serve. Serve with extra harissa, if you like.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, November 2009

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npnp's picture
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Well I enjoyed it... But...
1. Used trip the chick
2. Much more stock/water
3. Added carrots celery and courgette
4. Added garlic, salt
Still a bit bland but i will do better next time

It fed us well with plenty left over

clairesastar's picture
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Tasty, quick and easy recipe. Swapped chicken for Quorn (as I had some in the fridge) and added some spinach at the end. Really nice, satisfying meal under 300 cals.

saiz's picture

Delicious!! Soon to be making it again.

Candy7's picture

Very tasty, quick and easy to make. I made this dish for my husband and I and used a 400g tin of chickpeas. The ratio of stock to couscous needs adjusting. For 2 people I used 100g couscous to 400ml of stock which seemed about right. 2 tablespoons of Harissa paste was perfect, definitely not too spicy. I chopped the ginger instead of grating which worked perfectly. Definitely a recipe I'll be making again and again.

Sopski01's picture

I halved the ingredients (used 1 small onion) and substituted the chickpeas and apricots for courgettes and red pepper, it was absolutely delicious! I used 3/4 tspn of Harissa and it was just right. Definitely making more next time!

JustChuckItAllIn's picture

Agreed about harissa. 1-2 tbsp is mouth burning. Spoilt the dish for me. 1-2 tsp might be better. And as to adding more harissa to serve - Emma who submitted the recipe must be asbestos mouthed

Miss FunnyFace's picture

I made this dish for me and my boyfriend this evening. Replaced the chick peas for peas as he's not fond of the former, added just a little garlic and chopped up some chili for the tomato paste as I hadn't found any harissa in the shop. Fantastic dish! Will definitely make this again. Yum!

JustChuckItAllIn's picture

Sainsburys have it - tiny little jar only about 8cm tall. It took a while to find; I think it was in the indian cookery section (but I've slept since then).

Miss FunnyFace's picture

I made this recipe for the first time this evening for me and my boyfriend. I swapped the chick peas for peas as he's not too fond of the former, and added chopped chili to the tomato sauce as I couldn't find any harissa paste in the shop. This dish was a big hit! We both really enjoyed it. Will definitely make it again. Yum!!

angelaosei's picture

I love this recipe & usually make it for lunches. I use a 400g tin of chickpeas and 500mls stock as suggested by someone else.

kasiakoczwara's picture
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1-2 tsp of harissa more like it!
Oh, and 500ml of stock is a must.

Collyflower's picture

So much promise, so disappointing. Definitely agree with the extra stock and I added tomato, celery, peppers and raisins as it was so bland but it's still lacking in something... Better cold and goes well with homous.

Sjmhughes@gmail.com's picture

There must be different Harissa pastes. I erred on the side of caution, used only 1 teaspoon. I couldn't eat the resulting dish without mixing it 1:1 with yoghurt. My husband liked it, but said it had a kick. My son wouldn't touch it. Won't do again. I agreement with below, not enough liquid in recipe to cook cous cous properly. Texture needed some crunch too.

buddyhoney78's picture

Delicious, nutritious, low fat and very easy to make. I used frozen quorn chicken pieces, veg stock and garam masala (as I didn't have any harrissa paste). I used 500 ml of stock and it turned out perfect. I will definitely be making this recipe again. I will add chopped celery next time for extra crunch...

anitaclare's picture

This is lovely, but despite me halving the quantities (as it was for 2 rather than 4) it was REALLY hot!!!! So hot that my son (who is no spice wimp) couldn't eat it!! Personally I loved it, but I like spice. If you're doing it for kids I'd suggest much less harissa...... the onions, chickpeas and ginger give the couscous enough flavour without the harissa anyway. Will definitely make it again, but with only a teaspoon of harissa! Oh, and (in my opinion) the quantities of couscous to stock are wrong. For 200g of couscous you need 400ml of stock otherwise it's far too dry.

katievwood's picture
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Used mild curry paste and added red pepper

samii-h's picture

Love this recipe! The amount of stock was fine with ours, I did use a full jar of Harissa paste and 4 fresh apricots though so whether this had anything to do with adding moisture I don't know? It was delicious though!

Piggeldy's picture
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Quick and easy but had to use twice as much broth and was a tad bland. We had some ajvar which complimented the dish quite nicely.

Next time I will add more spice (either more harissa or maybe some fresh chili), quarter the apricots, add a bit of pepper and maybe some garlic? It's a really nice recipe, it just needs a bit of tweaking.

fimchugh's picture

Cook the couscous separately

ali_baba's picture

Really tasty, but I had to omit the apricots (didn't have any!), and I couldn't find harissa paste so I used curry paste. I did add around 100g chopped tomatoes as well and it was really nice! Was much quicker to prepare and cook than I expected (especially using only one-pot!).

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