Pomegranate chicken with almond couscous

Pomegranate chicken with almond couscous

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(36 ratings)

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
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  • 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



    Chicken's many plus points - its versatility, as well as the ease and speed with which it…

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



    This hot, aromatic paste made from chilli and assorted other 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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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
7th Sep, 2016
This has become a favourite in our household. Really tasty, healthy and easy and quick enough to make on a week night. I love having the leftovers for my lunch the next day too. I couldn't find the Pom wonderful, so we just use supermarkets own brand pomegranate juice which isn't expensive
5th May, 2016
Absolutely delicious dinner. Was so impressed, chicken has such a lovely taste. I didn't like almonds so I used cashew nuts instead. I also used roasted vegetable couscous for extra flavour.
9th Apr, 2016
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31st Jul, 2015
Absolutely delicious. Couldn't buy seeds on their own so just bought a pomegranate and that provided plenty.
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3rd Jan, 2015
This was gorgeous and easy to make. I substituted the pom wonderful for just half a freshly squeezed pomegranate and added a little sugar-worked just as well! I also added in chilli and garlic before cooking the onions for extra flavour plus some toasted sweet red peppers at the end to give it a little more colour. Highly recommend!
Frantic Flapjack
25th Nov, 2014
This was a lovely winter meal although I'm not sure I'd make it again as the Pom juice was very expensive. The sauce was very good but 100g of almonds in the couscous is far too much. You could easily halve them.
10th Nov, 2014
Bland, not worth the money you spend on the Pom juice!
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3rd Sep, 2016
Delicious date night food. Added a spoon of cornflour to thicken the sauce- fabulous!