Spicy chicken couscous

Spicy chicken couscous

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(38 ratings)

Ready in 25-30 minutes


Serves 4
This quick one-pot Moroccan dish is perfect for a summer supper

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal486
  • fat23g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs45g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre4g
  • protein28g
  • salt0.56g
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  • 250g couscous



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

  • 3 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 chopped onion



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

  • 2 large sliced skinless boneless chicken breast fillets
  • 85g blanched almonds
  • 1 tbsp hot curry paste
  • 100g halved ready-to-eat apricots



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

  • 20g pack 1oz fresh coriander


  1. Prepare couscous with chicken stock, according to the packet instructions. Heat olive oil in a pan and cook the onion for 2-3 mins until softened.

  2. Toss in chicken breast fillets and stir fry for 5-6 mins until tender. Add the blanched almonds and, when golden, stir in the hot curry paste and cook for 1 min more.

  3. Add the couscous along with the apricots and the coriander. Toss until hot then serve with plain yogurt if you like.

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Comments (30)

lizleicester's picture

Simple to make but disappointing really. Used flaked almonds instead of whole ones so maybe lost some "crunch" with them but I'd expected these nice ingredients to be tastier and not so dry...

Frantic Flapjack's picture

Easy to make but nothing special. Good for a quick mid-week meal and to use up leftover chicken.

cassandra52's picture

I NEVER write reviews but I've just finished cooking and devouring this meal! Healthy food can be soooo delicious. Great recipe, wonderful flavours and super easy!

misslongbody's picture

I'd give this 5 stars if I could work out how to on this iPad!
Very easy and the children liked it, good for using up left over roast chicken.

heathkg's picture

This has become a regular family recipe that we all love. So easy to make and really delicious. I like to use whole chicken breasts and served on top of a large bowl of the cous cous mixed with the sauce - looks fabulous and colourful in the middle of the table!

cocovanilla's picture

This is quite tasty - I love the mix of the heat of the curry paste and the sweetness of the apricot and the crunchiness of nuts. Unfortunately my fiancee did not like it much though..so probably won't be making it again!

andrew1913's picture

Great recipe, quick and tasty!

hattieo's picture

could you serve the chicken and couscous separatley and maybe put some chicken stock or yogurt in chicken mixture to make it less dry?

bkelaries's picture

Really nice,my partner loved it! I used chicken thigh fillets instead of breast (cheaper and still yummy!) and added some chilli powder and cayenne pepper for extra kick.

yvonnemagnier's picture

Delicious. Made this last night and followed all the advice of the other reviewers about using madras curry paste, adding in raisins or sultanas and also needing to add some water when mixing with the couscous. Served with a simple salad. Will make again !

mayanne1973's picture

I wasn't a fan, maybe I didn't use the right curry paste but it was quite bland and too dry even though I added extra stock when I added the couscous.

kitikat's picture

nice meal, slightly inappropriate for a night in october, but never mind.
I spiced it up a little bit, and put the onions in last, as my other half likes crunchy onions in his food.
will make again for sure!

bean_mother's picture

Really quick and tasty. I added about three tbsp of hot water from the kettle to the pan with the curry sauce which stopped it becoming too dry when I added the cous cous.

biggerben's picture

This was top munch. If you find that your cous cous is a little dry pop in 50ml more stock or so after you add the cous cous in the final stage. Tasty stuff.

helenb123's picture

Yummy ......

colandam's picture

Delicious. I added a handful of sultanas with the apricots. Will make again.

dagnyosk's picture

Loved it and so did my partner.

jah_mon's picture

Lovely simple dish, i've made this several times varying the curry paste - madras is my favourite! Tastes great hot or cold.

weeble's picture

I served this with a herb salad

suedulley's picture

we all loved this - another easy to make recipe - and tastes even beter cold for lunch next day!


Questions (1)

andyrymarz's picture

Would this be ok to freeze can anyone tell me?

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