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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sweetassugar's picture
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tastes so fresh!
i peel the squash because i prefer the texture without it

marysette1's picture
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Thank you so much to the previous commenters for their suggestions! I made a few changes and the end result was delicious...leftovers were lovely the next day.
I sauteed onion and garlic very gently, then added the ingredients as above except for using only 1 tin of tomatoes and little bit of tomato puree, then added some dilute veg stock (1/2 tin volume) to add a bit of richness.
While the mixture cooked I added a bay leaf and a half a tsp of sugar. Agree with previous remarks about the lemon - I used only 1/2 lemon plus zest and that was adequate to get the flavour. Eyeballed the amount of couscous so it wouldn't be too dry. Thanks for the idea of adding some greens - spinach worked really well when stirred in last minute! Served with a dollop of yoghurt on top. Easy recipe, I'll be making it again.

staciimarie's picture
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Love this recipe. I peel the butternut squash and don't add in the paste. I also add spinach to it, it's gorgeous and I'm always being bugged to make it more often.

sharmong's picture
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This dish didn't go down well with the family at all! The lemon was so overpowering it killed any other flavours.

pinkcorgi's picture
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This definitely made a lot of portions. I like it because I can freeze it in tubaware and then defrost it later.
I didn't add the lemon after reading previous comments. I don't like lemon unless it's directly on a piece of chicken or salmon that I'm about to roast. I didn't add the cherry tomatoes either as I felt that the tinned tomatoes were enough.
I peeled the squash as the thought of having skin left on didn't really appeal to me.
Next time, I would add more chicken.

claupatra's picture
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The lemon dominates to much all other flavors. I would recommend to use just one lemon. Although there are several sources of contrasting flavour in the dish, they don't come to their right. To get more contrast we added raisins at the end, this helped a lot. I think the recipe has potential, but I would consider preparing it not fully as "1 pot" (i.e. cooking some ingredients separately and mixing them at the end) in order to solve the contrast issue.

laurajoh's picture
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I'm also halved this recipe and used 1 lemon. I agree the taste of bitter tomato was present but if you add enough spice the chicken, couscous, and Onion are a good flavour. I loved the onions and the spice. If I made it again. I would add more chicken and include less canned tomato.

ms_diva88's picture

Delicious! Very tasty and will definitely make it again, tempted to double the recipe and freeze it before the stage of adding the lemon, couscous and cherry tomatoes.

I agree with the comments here - one lemon was enough, I used extra chicken and the general texture is much nicer when the butternut squash doesn't have skin on.

I would definitely recommend this recipe.

jazzyfood's picture
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I wish I'd read the feedback. An uninspiring meal!

glassychic's picture
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Easy recipie, but way too much lemon in the mix, it really overpowered it to have the juice and zest of 2 x lemons!!!
Use just one or half maybe next time??

elizaturner's picture
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This was delicious, it wasn't too tomatoey and the lemon was perfect, not too overpowering. I added paprika which was nice

peachywalrus's picture

Made this last night but failed to read the comments below! Way too much lemon- only needs one. We used a small butternut squash but probably only needed half of it. Next time we make this we'll put in more chicken and more Harissa paste. The recipe is very generous- feeds 4-6 people. Will try this again but will follow the comments other users have posted next time!!

ladylivingstone's picture
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one should adapt this recipe in order to succeed; herewith
• 2 tbsp harissa paste
• 1 tsp each ground cumin and ground coriander
• 2 red onions , halved and cut into thin wedges
• 3 skinless chicken breasts , cut into bite-sized chunks
• ½ butternut squash , cut into 1cm chunks (peeled)
• 400g can tomatoes
• zest and juice 1/2 lemon
• 100g cherry tomatoes , halved
• 140g couscous
• small bunch coriander , roughly chopped
• Soft brown sugar and Honey (add to taste)

one chose to serve this with slithers of freshly made crusty bread alla waitrose

a light green would have complimented the flavours superbly!

One would certainly recommend!!

doofsteele's picture
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I followed alot of the suggestions - upped the harissa, and reduced the tomato. really easy and tasty - but the squash really needs to be peeled!!

stkate's picture
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This was really nice but a tad too lemony so next time will only use one lemon

bbcgazfood's picture
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I made a few (what I considered obvious) changes to this recipe, as it sounded like it would be far too tomatoey and lemony, from the volumes of those ingredients.

I used only fresh tomatoes and no canned ones. I also used no lemon at all. Furthermore, if you "Add the harissa, spices and onions, then you have a clogged, too-dry mix to "cook gently for 10 mins". I added a little olive oil to loosen it up, which worked.

Finally, having had cause to doubt some of the measurements already, I didn't add the couscous until the end (so I knew how much liquid there would be). I just stirred it in, after the pan was off the heat, and left it to absorb the cooking liquor/sauce. I turned the couscous once and left it again to stabilise.

After all that, it ended up *gorgeous*!!

luby12's picture
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I spent loads of time and money making this dish but the end result just was not worth it. I can't put my finger on the problem but it just did not workk for me. Wont make it again.

deehoops's picture

Just made this and it was delicious. I didn't have any squash so used red peppers instead. I also had no cherry tomatoes so relied only on tinned. I also left out the zest as I find zest too strong.

As for those who said it was bland? it's got two tablespoons of harissa in it! Had a great kick off it.

All and all it was delicious, easy to make, cheap and healthy so will definitely be making it again.

tordis's picture
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After reading the comments, I decided to peel the squash and use less lemon. The result was OK-ish, but nothing to write home about. I think it would taste better with more chicken. Oh, and without the squash - its sweetness kills the strong kick of harissa.

lizfis's picture
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Have tried this twice now and love it. Suggest adapting it as follows: Use chopped tinned tomatoes instead of whole. Definitely peel the squash. Use twice as much chicken (I always use chicken thighs - much more tender than breast but its a matter of choice) and possibly a little more couscous. Pinch of sugar always a good idea when using tinned tomatoes.

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