Squash, chicken & couscous one-pot

Squash, chicken & couscous one-pot

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(72 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 45 mins Plus standing


Serves 4
Use up leftovers in this superhealthy one-pot, packed with vital nutrients

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal283
  • fat3g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs42g
  • sugars16g
  • fibre6g
  • protein25g
  • salt0.53g
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  • 2 tbsp harissa paste
  • 1 tsp each ground cumin and ground coriander



    An aromatic spice native to eastern Mediteranean countries and Upper Egypt. This warm,…

  • 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



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • zest and juice 2 lemons



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 200g cherry tomato, halved
  • 140g couscous



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

  • small bunch coriander, roughly chopped


  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.

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13th Mar, 2017
Just made this-I think I would put less lemon and more chicken in.apart from that it requires quite abit of seasoning but the other half is happy so thumbs up!
6th Mar, 2017
I used 2 chicken breasts, left out the cherry tomatoes, used the juice of 1 small lemon instead of 2 lemons, and instead of 2 cans of tomatoes I replaced 1 can with 500ml of chicken stock. The stock was just the right amount for the couscous to absorb. This was delicious and will definitely make again. The portions were quite big so had enough for lunch for the next day too.
25th Nov, 2016
Far too much lemon, overpowered all of the other flavours. Will try it with 1/4 lemon next time.
11th May, 2016
Loved that recipe, found it very tasty andperfect for a low-cal healthy meal. Two things I would say: halve the quantity of lemon (I believe it should be more than enough) and I reckon this recipe actually makes 6 servings and not 4. I will definitely make it again.
31st Mar, 2016
Quite nice - I made a few changes after reading the comments and used only one lemon and no cherry tomatoes, and added 1tsp of ras el hanout and a chicken stock cube. Overall I thought it was a bit too tomatoey (god knows what it would have been like if I'd added the cherry tomatoes!) and a little lacking in flavour other than general heat from the harissa. Also I know the recipe says there's no need to peel the squash but I really disagree, it's not being cooked long enough for the skin to become tender. I would definitely peel it next time. In terms of quantity, I added about 30g extra couscous to absorb some excess liquid and it easily made enough for 3 meals (I'd originally scaled it down to make 2).
10th Mar, 2016
One of my favourite recipes! A relatively easy, super healthy and cheap meal option. After reading the previous comments, I made some amendments which seemed to work well. I only used 1 lemon & no cherry tomatoes (as the chopped tomatoes are enough). Really tasty recipe that I fully recommend.
25th Jan, 2016
Tasty. Amended recipe to add quarter of lemon, more harissa and more chicken. Also added a red pepper. Was nice and filling too- great as a filling low cal meal. Served with salad.
2nd Jan, 2016
Far too acidic for us - even quartering the lemon and adding a pinch of sugar!
29th Oct, 2015
Really disappointed with this, followed recipe to the letter, the juice and zest of two lemons was way too much and completely overpowered the entire dish. First real disappointment from suggested recipes on this site though.
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4th Sep, 2015
I love this recipe and I do a lot of cooking. This ticks so many boxes for me and when i'm trying to be healthy and need something that tastes and good but is satisfying, this is my go-to. I add more chicken though and whatever extra veg I have or fancy, courgettes and aubergine work well. I love the lemons is this as it counter-acts some of the heat from the harissa and I love citrus anyway. I do and have, highly recommended it.


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