One-pan chicken couscous

One-pan chicken couscous

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(90 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4

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

Nutrition and extra info


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



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

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



    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



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

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



    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


  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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1st Oct, 2012
I cooked the couscous according to packet instructions then tipped it in with the stock which sorted out the dry problem perfectly. I do feel like other people this dish is lacking something. Maybe some pepper... something crunchy. I would make again.
25th Sep, 2012
really enjoyed this recipe and was even better that it was quick to prep!!
11th Aug, 2012
This was delicious! added extra harissa as suggested by others and used a little extra stock, yummy!! Will be making again soon.
16th May, 2012
I also added more stock to stop this being too dry. I will try putting the apricots in boiling water to soften them next time I make it. I also cut the apricots into quarters. Tasted good and was very easy so I will be making it again.
29th Apr, 2012
I had no harissa so used garlic, piri piri, chilli and coriander which worked quite well. As previously suggested, I used potato instead of apricot (chopped and microwaved it first!). Tasty dish and very easy to make, especially if you use chopped frozen onion! 4/5 as it was a little dry; I served it with a dressed salad for this reason.
25th Apr, 2012
I made this the other day - I didnt have any harissa (or enough ingredients to make it) so I used ground coriander and cumin, garlic, oil and chilli powder. The meal was really delicious hot, so I packed the rest up for (cold) lunch at work the next day. Still tasty, flavoursome and filling but was a little dry, so today I've tried again and mixed a little natural yoghurt into it just before eating - delicious!
19th Apr, 2012
Used twice the chicken, curry paste as no harissa (which beginner that I am I'm not sure I'd even heard of before) and a bit of extra stock as some found it too dry. Absolutely loved it will make it again and again - and so quick too.
4th Apr, 2012
As with another comment I added extra water/stock and it made a delicious meal. My wife is not keen on Couscous but she really likes this. So I will definiteley make it again, and its so quick & easy
2nd Apr, 2012
Lovely dish added a sliced courgette and around half a chopped red chilli for extra kick! Quick and easy, minimal washing up, great texture and taste, will deffinitely be making again!!
14th Mar, 2012
Works really well, crowd pleaser. Added sambal olek while cooking chicken & onions & then lots of fresh coriander to serve. Great at barbecues.


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