Squash, chicken & couscous one-pot

Squash, chicken & couscous one-pot

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(74 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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30th Jan, 2013
hi, can anyone tell me how to re-heat once frozen and defrosted?
15th Jan, 2013
Absolutely adored this dish. Contrary to other comments here, I didn't find there to be too much lemon. I had no harissa paste so excluded that and still delicious. Reheats excellently for a packed lunch. I will definitely be making this again.
12th Jan, 2013
After looking at the comments I used one tin of cherry tomatoes and only one lemon, it was absolutely delicious v flavoursome.
6th Jan, 2013
After reading the other comments I made the following alterations: 3 chicken breasts (instead of 2) Juice and zest of 1 lemon (instead of 2) 1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes (instead of 2) About double the amounts of ground cumin and coriander These all seemed to work and it was really tasty! I'd definitely recommend it.
3rd Jan, 2013
tasty but did make some changes based on my fridge. used pumpkin rather than squash. didnt have any harrisa paste so used tom puree with paprika in and added a pepper and a chilli. was really tasty & will definitly making again :)
2nd Dec, 2012
Made this one for my family and it was a big hit. I read some reviews saying that the dish was too lemony so I cut back quite a lot on the lemon. In the end I used the zest and juice of about a quarter of one lemon. And to be honest even that was too lemony still. Next time I'll cut it back even more. I added extra harissa as we like things quite spicy. And I added a bit of cinnamon as well. Will defintely make this one again.
26th Nov, 2012
this recipe is absolutely delicious. i do get how some may find it too bitter due to the lemon but i find the lemon part the missing ingredient. if you're not a big fan of lemons, add a teaspoon of lemon juice at a time and taste the sauce. i recommend making a home-made harissa paste, it is much more potent and gives more flavour. also, don't simmer this for more then 20mins (you have to add the couscous which will suck up all the tomatoe sauce, so you don't want it to get too gooey.) Hope this helped.
7th Oct, 2012
I made this tonight and loved it! Only change I made was to peel and roast the squash for 15 minutes first to make it nice and soft. I also didn't have any cherry tomatoes so added a red pepper to bulk it up a bit which worked well with the other flavours. I used 2 smallish lemons and thought it gave it a lovely flavour, but I do like lemony flavours anyway. Very filling and glad it's healthy- went down well with my boyfriend as well! Will definitely be making this again!
17th Sep, 2012
tastes so fresh! i peel the squash because i prefer the texture without it
14th Sep, 2012
Thank you so much to the previous commenters for their suggestions! I made a few changes and the end result was delicious...leftovers were lovely the next day. I sauteed onion and garlic very gently, then added the ingredients as above except for using only 1 tin of tomatoes and little bit of tomato puree, then added some dilute veg stock (1/2 tin volume) to add a bit of richness. While the mixture cooked I added a bay leaf and a half a tsp of sugar. Agree with previous remarks about the lemon - I used only 1/2 lemon plus zest and that was adequate to get the flavour. Eyeballed the amount of couscous so it wouldn't be too dry. Thanks for the idea of adding some greens - spinach worked really well when stirred in last minute! Served with a dollop of yoghurt on top. Easy recipe, I'll be making it again.


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