One-pan chicken couscous

One-pan chicken couscous

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(98 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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kasiakoczwara's picture
15th Jan, 2014
1-2 tsp of harissa more like it! Oh, and 500ml of stock is a must.
3rd Jan, 2014
So much promise, so disappointing. Definitely agree with the extra stock and I added tomato, celery, peppers and raisins as it was so bland but it's still lacking in something... Better cold and goes well with homous.
13th Nov, 2013
There must be different Harissa pastes. I erred on the side of caution, used only 1 teaspoon. I couldn't eat the resulting dish without mixing it 1:1 with yoghurt. My husband liked it, but said it had a kick. My son wouldn't touch it. Won't do again. I agreement with below, not enough liquid in recipe to cook cous cous properly. Texture needed some crunch too.
25th Oct, 2013
Delicious, nutritious, low fat and very easy to make. I used frozen quorn chicken pieces, veg stock and garam masala (as I didn't have any harrissa paste). I used 500 ml of stock and it turned out perfect. I will definitely be making this recipe again. I will add chopped celery next time for extra crunch...
12th Sep, 2013
This is lovely, but despite me halving the quantities (as it was for 2 rather than 4) it was REALLY hot!!!! So hot that my son (who is no spice wimp) couldn't eat it!! Personally I loved it, but I like spice. If you're doing it for kids I'd suggest much less harissa...... the onions, chickpeas and ginger give the couscous enough flavour without the harissa anyway. Will definitely make it again, but with only a teaspoon of harissa! Oh, and (in my opinion) the quantities of couscous to stock are wrong. For 200g of couscous you need 400ml of stock otherwise it's far too dry.
25th Aug, 2013
Used mild curry paste and added red pepper
10th Jul, 2013
Love this recipe! The amount of stock was fine with ours, I did use a full jar of Harissa paste and 4 fresh apricots though so whether this had anything to do with adding moisture I don't know? It was delicious though!
8th Jul, 2013
Quick and easy but had to use twice as much broth and was a tad bland. We had some ajvar which complimented the dish quite nicely. Next time I will add more spice (either more harissa or maybe some fresh chili), quarter the apricots, add a bit of pepper and maybe some garlic? It's a really nice recipe, it just needs a bit of tweaking.
16th May, 2013
Cook the couscous separately
17th Mar, 2013
Really tasty, but I had to omit the apricots (didn't have any!), and I couldn't find harissa paste so I used curry paste. I did add around 100g chopped tomatoes as well and it was really nice! Was much quicker to prepare and cook than I expected (especially using only one-pot!).


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