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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mscupcake's picture
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Me too, Beth: I quite enjoyed it. I definitely prefer the squash peeled and next time I'd cut them slightly smaller. And it was easy to make - and one pot too.

jeanetteski's picture
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I echo Ilona's comments above.

ilonaboyd's picture

I wish I'd read the comments before I cooked it. Very disappointing. Too much lemon, but not really very good at all.I wont make this again.

carpediem's picture

Just seen this recipe and comments and haven't actually tried it yet, tho' I fully intend to, but I would just say that I've found before that a combination of tomatoes and lemon can be rather acid, or even just tinned tomatoes on their own, and adding a teaspoonful or so of demerara sugar can take the edge of that without making it sweet!

bethocallaghan's picture
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After reading some of the comments on here I decided to adapt the recipe. I had a large butternut squash so used half and 1 tin of plum tomatoes and 1 lemon. Turned out nicely.

kategater's picture
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Sorry, but this was a really unpleasant experience! I would definitely agree with the other comment about the over-powering flavours of the tomatoes and lemon. I made this for my mother-in-law and she tried really hard to eat it, bless her heart, until I took it from her! Can't think of any improvements to make to this one better, sorry again!

vikingpurplepenguin's picture
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Halved the recipe for 2. The unpeeled squash was ok, but I think I'd rather not eat the peel in future. I also cut it up into much smaller chunks than in the picture above.
Really enjoyed the flavours (used 1 lemon as I was halving the recipe - didn't overpower). Still used 2 chicken thighs despite halving the recipe, as it didn't seem much meat on 1 (maybe I got small thighs). I also added a couple of chopped carrots. I'll make this again.

bethan_lenney_84's picture
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We were really disappointed & wish I'd read the recommendations before cooking -I would consider doing again but only with at least 1/2 the stated lemon (2 completely overpowered the dish) & I would also peal the squash.

csabberton's picture
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Also meant to say that we added courgette too as I like green things in my food which went very well with the rest of the ingredients.

csabberton's picture
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Really good recipe, loved the flavours, we had no problem with the amount of lemon juice as some have suggested (although we didnt put any zest in as we dont like it), but would put more chicken in next time - ideally need one chicken breast per person. Also the recipe made loads - enough for 6 rather than 4.

charliechopin's picture
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Didn't work for me. The two tins of tomatoes drown out the other flavours and the lemon simply adds to the unwelcome acidity (I only used 1 lemon). If I did this again I would probably replace at least one of the tins with fresh tomatoes, double the amount of harissa (maybe less if using good quality - I used supermarket own brand), and peel the squash (it is a pain, but I didn't like the cooked skin).

lynetterice's picture
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Delicious recipe - definitely only needs the zest and juice of one lemon tho!!! The first time we used two lemons and it was far too strong.

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