One-pan chicken couscous

One-pan chicken couscous

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4
This satisfying yet superhealthy recipe is all cooked in one pan for minimum washing up

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal281
  • fat6g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs41g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre3g
  • protein20g
  • salt0.48g
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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 onion, thinly sliced



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 200g chicken breast, diced
  • good chunk fresh root ginger



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • 1-2 tbsp harissa paste, plus extra to serve
  • 10 dried apricots



    A relative of the peach, nectarine, plum and cherry, apricots are fragrant, with a soft, velvety…

  • 220g can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 200g couscous



    Consisting of many tiny granules made from steamed and dried durum wheat, couscous has become a…

  • 200ml hot chicken stock
  • handful coriander, chopped, to serve


  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.

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Comments (80)

laurenb88's picture

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

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

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

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

abroekman's picture

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.

ginsterb's picture

Had this made for me last night, really tasty, really easy, loved it, very spicy for me (and that was with only 1tbsp of Harissa!) but Greek Yoghurt on the side cooled it nicely. Will def have again and pretty healthy too.

georgieboy14's picture

Forgot to rate! :)

jofarnworth's picture

My husband & I just loved this dish! The ingredients were cheap to buy, it was so simple to make and then finally, it tasted delicious! However, taking my first mouthful I commented that it definitely needed a crisp side salad to compliment it!

Enjoy, we did!!!

ireneg's picture

There was not enough liquid although it tasted better than I expected.

brianjh's picture

ooops forgot to rate x

brianjh's picture

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

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

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

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

Very tasty, quick evening meal!

jasihene's picture

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

lollie1515's picture

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

lauraemmeline's picture

Forgot to rate!


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