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 (79)

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

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

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

pettefletpluk's picture

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

Not impressed. Far too dry.

gtrebble's picture

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

barrybubbles's picture

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

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

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.

smcgettigan's picture

This is really quick and easy - mix the extra harissa into greek yoghurt to make it slightly more interesting (You can add extra harissa while cooking if you want to negate the cooling effects of the yoghurt!)

louche_boy's picture

Lovely dish...I increased amount of chicken, and used chicken thigh meat which is more tasty. Served with warmed pitta bread...excellent meal :-)

natalierachel's picture

This was very tasty with the harissa. I had to add more water to the couscous, and next time I will soak the apricots in boiled water to soften them a bit before adding them to the pan.

fionablandford's picture

really good just done it for dinner party guest inssited on tkaing recipie home and i got some yummy left overs! very tasty

jaffa3008's picture

Absolutely delish - I added a chilli to mine also as I like extra heat.

Frantic Flapjack's picture

This was very good. Easy to prepare for a week night meal. I didn't have any harissa so used curry paste instead and it worked really well. Good protein dish.

glasgow's picture

Really lovely - added extra harrissa at the end.


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