One-pan chicken couscous

One-pan chicken couscous

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(66 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 15 mins

Easy

Serves 4

This satisfying yet superhealthy recipe is all cooked in one pan for minimum washing up

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition:

  • kcal281
  • fat6g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs41g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre3g
  • protein20g
  • salt0.48g
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Ingredients

  • 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
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

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

  • 200g chicken breast, diced
  • good chunk fresh root ginger
    Ginger

    Ginger

    jin-jer

    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
    Apricots

    Apricot

    ay-pree-kot

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

  • 220g can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 200g couscous
    Couscous

    Couscous

    koos-koos

    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

Method

  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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qabrixl
27th Jun, 2017
Too easy and too good. I followed the advice that many users give and used 500ml chicken stock – this is perfect. Have made this several times without flaw.
Littleman6
19th Apr, 2017
5.05
After waiting for my shopping delivery I,ve cooked " one pan chicken cous cous " for 3 people ,, added a little more stock just in case , ( I believed this helped ) only used 1 tbsp of harrissa, as I hadn,t used it before. wow ! Wonderful dish thoroughly enjoyed every spoonful. Definitely will make this again.
Gabriellafranchi
12th Jan, 2017
5.05
Love this recipe! Modified this slightly by adding raisins!
Wizardlizard
5th Jan, 2017
5.05
Modified it a little. Used ginger paste instead of grated ginger and added 2 large crushed garlic cloves along with 2tsp harissa. Fried with chickpeas and (semi dried, quartered) apricots for a bit to make then warm and ensure the dish isn't cold when serving, as I took it off the hob for the rest of cooking. Used about 400ml stock total. Also added some diced carrots and chopped green beans at the end which I boiled separately. It tasted great, not too hot for me at all, and can be modified easily. I did not think it was too try either.
sfielding2
18th Sep, 2016
Used 2tbsp of harissa paste. Added celery. Used three stock cubes in about 800ml water for 300g couscous. You can pretty much change the quantities of any of the ingredients to whatever suits your taste.
emx05
16th Jun, 2016
5.05
Made this a few times now as it's so quick and easy to make and tastes delicious. Instead of apricots I used raisins and they work just as good, and I've had no problems with needing more stock for the recipe. Would say don't freeze leftovers, I've previously found that couscous doesn't freeze very well.
CHS
12th Feb, 2016
Hi, does anyone know if this freezes well? Thank you
amberjack
15th Nov, 2015
reduced everything for just us two and only 2 teaspoons of harrisa, plenty warm enough but need to soak dried apricots first as they were still hard and they are better squidgy and sweet. Super one pan meal. Pearl
mbatson
8th Jun, 2015
This was ok, but missing something. Definitely need more stock. Served with mango chutney to add a bit more flavour.
tfs
26th Jan, 2015
3.8
Delicious! Used 1 tsp only of harissa in the cooking - which you could hardly taste - but perfect for kiddies. Added more to my own serving. Also added a few rashers bacon and red pepper. Used 400ml stock which seemed just right.

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JustChuckItAllIn
11th Apr, 2014
How do you prepare this in 15 minutes? The recipe says 5 min prep, 10 min cooking. BUT, you have to get everything out and ready, chop the onions, open and drain the chickpeas, measure the couscous, heat the stock in 5 minutes. Then you add 1-2min, 7-10 min, 1 min, 5 min, and you get 14-18 mins, if you can manage the bits between without any time passing. In reality, it is a good half hour and a bit to prepare this dish. Also, by adding cold couscous and cold chickpeas, the dish is only luke warm when served. Personally, I'd suggest heating the chick peas in the stock before adding it all to the dish.
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goodfoodteam
28th Apr, 2014
Hi there, thank you for your comments, we think perhaps in reality the timings are a little optimistic, we will change the prep time to 15 miniutes and the cooking time to 15 minutes as well. Please remember all prep timings should be taken as a guide as people work at different speeds.
npnp
26th Aug, 2014
3.8
Id ignore ridiculous estimates like this. And your revised ones too
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Oneluckylass
30th Jan, 2017
5.05
Read all the comments that other cooks have made. It helped me to adapt this dish to what we wanted. I used big Israeli couscous , and also sautéed carrots with the onions. I think the spice level is palletTe dependent !
Gabriellafranchi
12th Jan, 2017
5.05
Added raisins and spinach to this absolutely delicious!
animals
15th Oct, 2015
2.55
Overall I was disappointed with this recipe after trying it today. It was too dry & bland. I suggest adding chopped celery & half each of red, green & orange peppers, peas (instead of chick peas) crushed garlic & a dash of soy sauce along with more chicken stock