One-pan chicken couscous

One-pan chicken couscous

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(108 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


  • 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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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!).
3rd Mar, 2013
My other half made this and it was fab. Served it with homemade flat breads, salad, yoghurt, and extra Harissa paste. Yum!!!!
17th Oct, 2012
It was ok, but as others have pointed out its missing something, you either need twice as much stock or half as much couscous and it would probably be better with thigh meat. However I had the leftovers cold for my lunch today with some leafy salad and it was lovely. Much nicer a a cold lunch than a hot dinner.
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.


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