Pomegranate chicken with almond couscous

Pomegranate chicken with almond couscous

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4
Jazz up chicken breasts in this fruity, sweetly spiced sauce with pomegranate seeds, toasted almonds and tagine paste

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal590
  • fat20g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs50g
  • sugars14g
  • fibre4g
  • protein50g
  • salt0.4g


  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 200g couscous



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

  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 1 large red onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 600g chicken mini fillets



    While it's the traditional Christmas bird, turkey is good to eat all year round, though…

  • 4 tbsp tagine spice paste (available from Tesco or Marks & Spencer), or 2 tbsp harissa



    This hot, aromatic paste made from chilli and assorted spices and herbs is spicy and…

  • 190ml bottle pomegranate juice (not sweetened; we used Pom Wonderful)
  • 100g pack pomegranate seeds
  • 100g pack toasted flaked almond
  • small pack mint, chopped



    There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…


  1. Boil the kettle and heat the oil in a large frying pan. Put the couscous in a bowl with some seasoning and crumble in half the stock cube. Add the onion to the pan and fry for a few mins to soften. Pour boiling water over the couscous to just cover, then cover the bowl with a tea towel and set aside.

  2. Push the onion to one side of the pan, add the chicken fillets and brown on all sides. Stir in the tagine paste or harissa and the pomegranate juice, then crumble in the rest of the stock cube and season well. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 mins until the sauce has thickened and the chicken is cooked through. Stir through the pomegranate seeds, saving a few to scatter over before serving.

  3. After 5 mins, fluff up the couscous with a fork and stir through the almonds and mint. Serve the chicken on the couscous with the sauce spooned over.

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8th Feb, 2020
Absolutely fabulous! Now one of my staples.
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31st Jan, 2020
Made as per recipe. Delicious.
10th Mar, 2019
Nice meal. I didn’t have any almonds so used pumpkin seeds and pine nuts. Very easy and tasty.
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Nessi Cooper
24th Jan, 2019
This was great! I used harissa paste and cranberry juice instead of pomegranate as it was cheaper and it worked fine!
4th Oct, 2018
The best recipe I’ve made from this site! So much flavour and so easy to make I love it! It’s a regular in my house now!
23rd Apr, 2018
A firm family favourite. It's good cold in lunch boxes too so I often make more for the kids to take to school
20th Apr, 2018
This was very tasty and I didn't change a thing other than buy a different brand of pomegranate juice as I couldn't find the one mentioned. I did find it a bit challenging to brown the chicken in the pan with the onions still in there as I didn't quite have enough space for the chicken, and the onions were getting too much heat while the chicken wasn't getting enough to brown. Next time I make it I'm going to brown the chicken first, remove it from the pan, and then do the onions before adding the chicken back in.
Brian 44
10th Oct, 2017
Made this with pomegranate molasses by mistake, but a great result. It is strong though!
17th Sep, 2017
It was tasty but the chicken was a bit tough :o( Also, it's meant to be healthy, but there's a heck of a lot of salt in it, what with the stock cube and harissa paste.
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16th Dec, 2016
My compliments to the author of this recipe. As with many recipes there are some compromises and in my case I had no pomegranate juice other than that in the pomegranate itself, I used some French Grenadine syrup which is a bit sweet, in my defence I used it very sparingly. The result was well received. Rather than use mini breast fillets I used whole fillets cut across into disc like pieces. This is a recipe I won't forget in a hurry


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3rd Sep, 2016
Delicious date night food. Added a spoon of cornflour to thicken the sauce- fabulous!
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