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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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!).

wilow_398's picture
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My other half made this and it was fab. Served it with homemade flat breads, salad, yoghurt, and extra Harissa paste. Yum!!!!

hermionehg's picture
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It was ok, but as others have pointed out its missing something, you either need twice as much stock or half as much couscous and it would probably be better with thigh meat. However I had the leftovers cold for my lunch today with some leafy salad and it was lovely. Much nicer a a cold lunch than a hot dinner.

ruby_may98's picture
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I cooked the couscous according to packet instructions then tipped it in with the stock which sorted out the dry problem perfectly. I do feel like other people this dish is lacking something. Maybe some pepper... something crunchy. I would make again.

trinifood's picture
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really enjoyed this recipe and was even better that it was quick to prep!!

gill1981's picture
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This was delicious! added extra harissa as suggested by others and used a little extra stock, yummy!! Will be making again soon.

amandapepper's picture
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I also added more stock to stop this being too dry. I will try putting the apricots in boiling water to soften them next time I make it. I also cut the apricots into quarters. Tasted good and was very easy so I will be making it again.

vickiwa's picture
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I had no harissa so used garlic, piri piri, chilli and coriander which worked quite well. As previously suggested, I used potato instead of apricot (chopped and microwaved it first!). Tasty dish and very easy to make, especially if you use chopped frozen onion! 4/5 as it was a little dry; I served it with a dressed salad for this reason.

ruthforrest's picture
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I made this the other day - I didnt have any harissa (or enough ingredients to make it) so I used ground coriander and cumin, garlic, oil and chilli powder. The meal was really delicious hot, so I packed the rest up for (cold) lunch at work the next day. Still tasty, flavoursome and filling but was a little dry, so today I've tried again and mixed a little natural yoghurt into it just before eating - delicious!

revlovejoy's picture
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Used twice the chicken, curry paste as no harissa (which beginner that I am I'm not sure I'd even heard of before) and a bit of extra stock as some found it too dry. Absolutely loved it will make it again and again - and so quick too.

loveitsticky's picture

As with another comment I added extra water/stock and it made a delicious meal. My wife is not keen on Couscous but she really likes this. So I will definiteley make it again, and its so quick & easy

laurenb88's picture
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Lovely dish added a sliced courgette and around half a chopped red chilli for extra kick! Quick and easy, minimal washing up, great texture and taste, will deffinitely be making again!!

gordybaird's picture
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Works really well, crowd pleaser. Added sambal olek while cooking chicken & onions & then lots of fresh coriander to serve. Great at barbecues.

anna1983's picture
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I used potato and carrot instead of apricots and swapped the coriander for basil. Was really nice (would perhaps use less harrisa and more stock next time)

andreabonsey's picture

Adapted this slightly - leftover chicken - and added garlic. Fast and tasty.

mayorquimby's picture
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Really easy recipe and ready fast, perfect for weekday evenings when time is in short supply. Thumbs up from all.

abroekman's picture
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Absolutely love this. Very quick and easy and the cold leftovers taste even better the next day. Wonderful meal before we go to the gym as it is very light.

brian-williams21's picture

Too dry:Lacking in that something which sets it apart from alsorans There's a little more to be gained easy dishes than just the health factor.
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