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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14th Jun, 2010
Dragonslayerpurple - mix a bit of harissa with natural yoghurt - nice sauce and you can make it hotter or less so as you wish!
5th May, 2010
Very easy to make and loved the fact that there was hardly any washing up. Very tasty (although I did put in more harrissa paste, more chicken and more apricots) but a little bit dry - would be nice with a tasty sauce.
20th Apr, 2010
This is really quick and easy - mix the extra harissa into greek yoghurt to make it slightly more interesting (You can add extra harissa while cooking if you want to negate the cooling effects of the yoghurt!)
17th Dec, 2009
Quite tasty!
26th Nov, 2009
Lovely dish...I increased amount of chicken, and used chicken thigh meat which is more tasty. Served with warmed pitta bread...excellent meal :-)
8th Nov, 2009
This was very tasty with the harissa. I had to add more water to the couscous, and next time I will soak the apricots in boiled water to soften them a bit before adding them to the pan.
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3rd Nov, 2009
really good just done it for dinner party guest inssited on tkaing recipie home and i got some yummy left overs! very tasty
3rd Nov, 2009
Absolutely delish - I added a chilli to mine also as I like extra heat.
Frantic Flapjack
23rd Oct, 2009
This was very good. Easy to prepare for a week night meal. I didn't have any harissa so used curry paste instead and it worked really well. Good protein dish.
21st Oct, 2009
Really lovely - added extra harrissa at the end.


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