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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brianjh's picture
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had it last night loved it, didnt use chickpeas, harissa or apricots as I didnt have any in but used sultanas and added some chargrilled asparagus and courgette that needed using up it was delicious doing it the same way next week! with extra sultanas.

gardenergirl's picture
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I love this recipe! I'm single, so I make half quantities to serve 2 instead of 4. The other half makes a lovely cold lunch the next day. Quick and easy! :)

flirtinflight's picture
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I would agree that this dish is lacking in something. I was very pleased that my 2yr old ate it as it is sometimes difficult to get anything other that nuggets and chips inside him. But I would agree that it needs something else just to pick it up.

I'm also pretty sure that there is a bit missing in the recipe's instructions. After step 1 I took the pan off the hob before adding the last of the ingredients as in my experience couscous doesn't need cooking, it just needs to soak. This way I didn't experience any sticking or burning at the bottom of the pan.

cookiegalore's picture
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Very very tasty. I made this exactly as per the recipe.
I took mine to work to have for lunch along with my ham salad. I took an extra tub with me for all my colleagues to try - they really enjoyed it.

amandafisher1's picture
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Very tasty, quick evening meal!

jasihene's picture
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Tasted good and very easy to make. My family really enjoyed it. will definately make it again

lollie1515's picture
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Family loved this one! Maybe added too much ginger. Served with Wholemeal Pitta's which gave it a lovely touch! Yum.

lauraemmeline's picture
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Forgot to rate!

lauraemmeline's picture
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Felt this dish lacked something, even with the addition of chilli, still felt like something was missing. Both my husband and I thought it was too dry, definitely needed a side sauce, like the comments above, of maybe a yoghurt dip.

iballantyne's picture

The whole family loved this one, even my 7 year old who is a fussy eater. We made flat bread with this and a few dips...yummie :o)

janplaice's picture

Loved this recipe. Substituted some sultanas for a couple of the apricots and added some toasted flaked almonds. I served it with warm flatbreads, yogurt dip and a crisp salad. Divine!

paulford317's picture
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I left out the stock and used water with a bit of salt and parsley. I also used Tabasco at the table instead of Harissa so my kids could have it less spicy. My wife didn't like the apricots. My kids ate half of it but they weren't keen on the chick peas. I loved it all!

susansiddall's picture
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It was ok, didn't go down too well with the family. Needs something more I think.

pettefletpluk's picture
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I made this for our student horse back riding group and my fellow students loved it. It was so easy and quick to make. There was also no left over!

rodhill's picture
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Not impressed. Far too dry.

gtrebble's picture
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Really easy and super tasty. Swap the apricots for sultanas and leave out the chicken for an excellent side dish.

barrybubbles's picture
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Very easy and quick for a midweek meal. It's missing something.....not sure what but it didn't look all that appealing on the plate. Good level of heat and flavour thought I also put in extra chicken and harissa. The couscous stuck to the bottom of the pan when the water was added :(

alikazam's picture

This really is quick and easy. Somehow I always run out of ginger or forget to buy some for cooking this dish and have found that ground ginger does work nicely, though I'd always prefer to use fresh.

smcgettigan's picture
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Dragonslayerpurple - mix a bit of harissa with natural yoghurt - nice sauce and you can make it hotter or less so as you wish!

dragonslayerpurple's picture
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Very easy to make and loved the fact that there was hardly any washing up.

Very tasty (although I did put in more harrissa paste, more chicken and more apricots) but a little bit dry - would be nice with a tasty sauce.

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