Squash, chicken & couscous one-pot

Squash, chicken & couscous one-pot

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(96 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 45 mins Plus standing


Serves 4
Use up leftovers in this superhealthy one-pot, packed with vital nutrients

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal283
  • fat3g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs42g
  • sugars16g
  • fibre6g
  • protein25g
  • salt0.53g
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  • 2 tbsp harissa paste
  • 1 tsp each ground cumin and ground coriander



    An aromatic spice native to eastern Mediteranean countries and Upper Egypt. This warm,…

  • 2 red onions, halved and cut into thin wedges
  • 2 skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 1 small butternut squash, cut into 1cm chunks (no need to peel)
  • 2 x 400g cans tomatoes



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • zest and juice 2 lemons



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 200g cherry tomato, halved
  • 140g couscous



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

  • small bunch coriander, roughly chopped


  1. Heat a large non-stick casserole dish or pan on the hob. Add the harissa, spices and onions, stir and cook gently for 10 mins until soft. Add chicken and brown for 5-10 mins. Add squash, stirring to combine, and a splash of water if it starts to stick. Cook for 5 mins more.

  2. Tip canned tomatoes into the pan with ½ can of water, cover and simmer for 20-30 mins. Add the lemon zest and juice, cherry tomatoes, couscous and seasoning. Cover and turn off the heat. Leave on the hob for 10 mins, then stir through the coriander and serve.

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Steve Hankin's picture
Steve Hankin
6th Apr, 2020
2 lemons is WAY TOO MUCH!! This ruined the dish, otherwise would have been good
16th Jan, 2020
Quick, easy and tasty - I used smoked harissa paste. I would say, personally that 2 lemons is too much, 1 would be plenty. I also used giant wholewheat couscous.
21st Dec, 2018
A really tasty meal that we'll definitely have again - but I made a fair few adjustments. I didn't have red onions, so used white - and added garlic, heating them in coconut oil. Based on other reviews, I added more of the spices than in the recipe - and used a full 100g pot of hot harissa paste. I also added some ras el hanout, and some extra cayenne pepper. I had a whole broccoli head about to go out of date, so I put that it with the squash. And then I followed the advice of others and used only one tin of tomatoes - adding chicken stock and a bit of tomato puree to make up the liquid difference. I had a quick taste before simmering, and it was super spicy. So I added about half a cup of coconut milk to cool it down. Like others, I only used one lemon. With all these adjustments, it was delicious - nice and spicy, with nothing in particular overpowering (lemon or tomatoes) like others had experienced. Three of us had large portions, and there's still loads left over...
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2nd Jul, 2018
Lovely recipe with a few tweaks. I omitted the cherry tomatoes (mainly for laziness!) and harissa as I didn't have any in, added 2 green chillis, 3 garlic cloves and a chicken stock pot. It was delicious and super healthy. Think I'd add some finely chopped spinach next time to make even healthier. Leftovers for lunch tomorrow! Oh and i used 2 lemons which were only small but perfect amount.
16th Jan, 2018
Only used 1 tin tomatoes- i used 1 lemon instead of the 2 suggested but even 1 was to much so I would put 1/2 lemon in. Quick and easy to make ...next time think I would add more cumin and coriander
1st Aug, 2017
I made this again. Added two hot red chillies, garlic and used parsley instead of coriander because I didn't have any coriander. It was much nicer, a lot more spicy. Still used only 1 lemon and replaced 1 can of tomatoes with 500ml chicken stock, and left out the cherry tomatoes.
22nd Jun, 2017
After reading other reviews I used one lemon instead of two and replaced one of the cans of chopped tomatoes with 500ml of chicken stock as suggested. This worked quite well as it would've been too tomatoey otherwise. Still not sold on this recipe though, it's a little bland and probably could do with a little more spice.
13th Mar, 2017
Just made this-I think I would put less lemon and more chicken in.apart from that it requires quite abit of seasoning but the other half is happy so thumbs up!
6th Mar, 2017
I used 2 chicken breasts, left out the cherry tomatoes, used the juice of 1 small lemon instead of 2 lemons, and instead of 2 cans of tomatoes I replaced 1 can with 500ml of chicken stock. The stock was just the right amount for the couscous to absorb. This was delicious and will definitely make again. The portions were quite big so had enough for lunch for the next day too.
25th Nov, 2016
Far too much lemon, overpowered all of the other flavours. Will try it with 1/4 lemon next time.


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