Squash, chicken & couscous one-pot

Squash, chicken & couscous one-pot

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 45 mins Plus standing

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

Use up leftovers in this superhealthy one-pot, packed with vital nutrients

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
  • Healthy
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
283
protein
25g
carbs
42g
fat
3g
saturates
1g
fibre
6g
sugar
16g
salt
0.53g

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp harissa paste
  • 1 tsp each ground cumin and ground coriander
  • 2 red onions, halved and cut into thin wedges
  • 2 skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 1 small butternut squash, cut into 1cm chunks (no need to peel)
  • 2 x 400g cans tomatoes
  • zest and juice 2 lemons
  • 200g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 140g couscous
  • small bunch coriander, roughly chopped

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Method

  1. Heat a large non-stick casserole dish or pan on the hob. Add the harissa, spices and onions, stir and cook gently for 10 mins until soft. Add chicken and brown for 5-10 mins. Add squash, stirring to combine, and a splash of water if it starts to stick. Cook for 5 mins more.
  2. Tip canned tomatoes into the pan with ½ can of water, cover and simmer for 20-30 mins. Add the lemon zest and juice, cherry tomatoes, couscous and seasoning. Cover and turn off the heat. Leave on the hob for 10 mins, then stir through the coriander and serve.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, August 2011

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jtacon's picture
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I agree with lots of other comments : it's way too acidic even though I only used the juice of half a lemon and no zest. I used all the canned tomatoes but no cherry tomatoes and added 1tsp of sugar but it wasn't enough. If I were to cook it again (which i won't), i'd put more sugar and spices and no lemon juice.

littleme09's picture
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I was really disappointed with this dish. The tomatoes were far too overpowering in my opinion, and I love tomatoes. Won't be making again.

janjan87's picture

Oh and upped the chicken breasts to 3 and left out the cherry tomatoes in the end. Kept the cous cous the same amount as shown. This dish fed three hungry mouths fine!

janjan87's picture

Took on board some of the other tips about using less lemon, I only used half a lemon juice and zest in the end and this worked fine. Also used a teaspoon of light brown sugar to counteract the acidity of the lemon and tomatoes. I only used one tin of chopped tomatoes and some chicken stock as suggested by some but found there still wasn't enough liquid in the dinner for the cous cous to sop up. So next time I think I'd use two tins as shown and top it up with stock if it looks like it's drying out a bit. I kept the Harissa amount the same but doubled the spices. Definitely worth it as it keeps the favours kicking their punch through all that tomato. Added into an orange pepper and some mushrooms for extra veg content. I peeled and roasted the butternut squash for about 20 mins and am glad I did as it tasted so soft and yummy in the dish. Would definitely try this again :o)

reevey's picture
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Good idea, but didn't rock my boat or my husbands. A dish of chicken, butternut tomatoes and couscous but that was it. Nothing out of the ordinary, but we will give a second go with a few tweets like more harissa and less lemon, it needed more flavour having halved the quantities for two of us, it still lacked taste. Tasted better !

emmas29's picture
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I made this for 2 with 1 red onion, 1 1/2 tbs of harissa, 1 tsp of ras-el-hanout, half a butternut, 100g of couscous and bulgar wheat mix, 1 can of tomatoes and 1 can of water, a stock cube, some cherry toms and 1 lemon. Absolutely delicious topped with some sour cream and chopped parsley!

horlicksjam's picture

I made this dish this evening - somewhat improvised, as did not have harissa, and I chose to use chicken stock instead of tomatoes. It was totally delicious, a winner with my family. Will be definitely making it again.

Pineapplesandwich's picture
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Didn't enjoy this as perhaps used too much squash and not enough spices. Won't make again.

Emma.NL's picture

I LOVED the idea of this .... and perhaps I didn't add nearly enough harissa --- but I only used 1 lemon --- but that 1 lemon was way too much. Ended up adding honey to try and balance the tartness of this dish, but the lemon remained too overpowering. Shame. I was so excited.

Wendy_Samuels's picture

Absolutely delicious.. I added 3 roasted, outer skin removed super hot red chilies which gave it an awesome kick! Oh & I only used 1 lemon because that is all I had however it was more than enough, 2 would have been too much lemon for me.

xantha's picture

I really enjoyed this. After reading previous comments I only used one lemon and that was perfect. Any more lemon would have been too much. I omitted the cherry tomatoes simply because I don't like them. Will definitely make this again. My butternut squash cooked perfectly as I cut it into small chunks.

Zoe4's picture

This recipe is really tasty - great to take for lunch. I do peel the butternut squash and I use more harissa paste than stated.

christine56's picture
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The tomatoes ruin this, they were SO overpowering we couldn't even taste the spicy Harissa. I would just use 200 ml stock and 200g cous cous next time.

mortersn's picture

used ras-el-hanout instead of spices - was lovely, an easy supper dish

ttowers's picture
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Peel the squash, add more Harissa and chicken, and then it's lovely!

tamzinpuddles's picture

hi, can anyone tell me how to re-heat once frozen and defrosted?

susiegoggin's picture
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Absolutely adored this dish. Contrary to other comments here, I didn't find there to be too much lemon. I had no harissa paste so excluded that and still delicious. Reheats excellently for a packed lunch. I will definitely be making this again.

fayegovan's picture
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After looking at the comments I used one tin of cherry tomatoes and only one lemon, it was absolutely delicious v flavoursome.

mjp123's picture
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After reading the other comments I made the following alterations:
3 chicken breasts (instead of 2)
Juice and zest of 1 lemon (instead of 2)
1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes (instead of 2)
About double the amounts of ground cumin and coriander
These all seemed to work and it was really tasty! I'd definitely recommend it.

lurvlyloz's picture
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tasty but did make some changes based on my fridge. used pumpkin rather than squash. didnt have any harrisa paste so used tom puree with paprika in and added a pepper and a chilli. was really tasty & will definitly making again :)

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