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One Pot Spiced Chicken with Toasted Couscous

One Pot Spiced Chicken with Toasted Couscous from Weelicious

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One-pot meals are a little slice of heaven in my world, especially when they're wildly full of flavor like this Spiced Chicken with Toasted Couscous.

One Pot Spiced Chicken with Toasted Couscous from Weelicious

Admit it. Sometimes you don't feel like doing dishes. Scratch that. I meant to say you never feel like doing dishes. That's certainly the way I feel. As a result, one of my musts when designing my new Weelicious Menus meal planning service was to include as many one-pot dinnertime dishes as possible -- for both simplicity's sake and to make clean up as quick as possible.

One Pot Spiced Chicken with Toasted Couscous from Weelicious

The best part about this chicken dish (aside from the absence of pots and pans waiting to be scrubbed after the meal) is the intoxicating aroma that will be emanating from your kitchen when it's ready. Toasted couscous, bite-sized pieces of tender chicken, plump apricots and carrots, all lightly coated with aromatic spices, come together to create one heavenly Moroccan inspired meal. Your family may even take care of cleaning the one lone pot....by licking every last drop out of it!

One Pot Spiced Chicken with Toasted Couscous from Weelicious

One Pot Spiced Chicken with Toasted Couscous  (serves 4 )

  • Prep Time: 10 mins,
  • Cook Time: 10 mins,
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One-pot meals are a little slice of heaven in my world, especially when they're wildly full of flavor like this Spiced Chicken with Toasted Couscous. Admit it. Sometimes you don't feel like doing dishes. Scratch that. I meant to say you never feel...

Ingredients

  • 1 cup israeli couscous
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch coins
  • 1/4 cup diced dried apricots
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preparation

  1. 1. In a 2-inch deep sauté pan over medium heat, dry toast the couscous for 3 minutes, until golden brown. Remove to a plate.
  2. 2. Heat the oil in the pan. Add the onions and garlic, and sauté for 5 minutes, until soft.
  3. 3. Add the couscous back to the pan, along with all the remaining ingredients and stir to combine well.
  4. 4. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 10-12 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through.
One Pot Spiced Chicken with Toasted Couscous

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  1. jennybee96

    July 19, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Hi, tried this tonight. Doubled the cumin and cut the veggies and chicken smaller and my 20 month olds like it. Has anyone ever tried this with a whole grain rather than cous cous. It would change the preparation a bit, but it would provide a whole grain rather than pasta. If you have any idea on how to do this, I’d love to hear them. Thanks!

  2. Lauren

    June 4, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    Anyone have any good ideas to sub for israeli couscous? I can’t find it anywhere in Toronto….

    • alexiswc

      July 19, 2014 at 7:31 am

      It’s also sometimes called Pearl Couscous, if you can find that.

  3. Lisa Kath

    May 31, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Amazing!! All 3 kiddos gobbled it up (ages 19 mo, 3 1/2 yrs, and 5) and my MIL repeated several times how tasty the dish was. Best part … Whipped it up from start to finish while my husband bathed the kids after an afternoon in the park. Thank you for a delicious, quick, healthy meal,

  4. Shannon

    May 19, 2014 at 11:14 am

    We made this last night and my three year old LOVED it. A super easy and tasty meal. Thank you!

  5. swoessner

    April 15, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    We love this! I cooked my chicken separately because I was prepping for another recipe and reduced the chicken broth. Next time I will try throwing in more veggies. The cinnamon and cumin work beautifully together!
    I thought the recipe directions were very clear. Love the flavor toasting the couscous gives it

  6. Kendall

    April 14, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Any idea on a gluten free sub for the couscous, as well as how to substitute it? (Trying to figure out the toasting and adding back in method…)
    I have quinoa, kasha, millet, teff, split peas, split lentils, red lentils, basmati, jasmine, wild, japonica or brown rice…you name it! Thanks, Catherine.

  7. Sheila

    April 8, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    I used regular couscous, not israeli but it was still good. The only problem is that it was a little dry and my carrots didn’t cook. Wonder if that was the couscous being more absorbant or what? Otherwise, yummy!

  8. Mary-Claire

    April 7, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    That was SPECTACULAR, Catherine! Thank you for all of the amazing ideas you provide to us!

  9. Beth @ Tasty Yummies

    April 5, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    This looks amazing. I love the addition of the apricots. Great recipe. One pot meals are my jam!

  10. Eli@coachdaddy

    April 5, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    I’m about to dirty multiple pots to make tacos. I’d toss this one together – if I weren’t fresh out of couscous. (I’ve actually never bought couscous, but this recipe is going in the “to make” folder, so anything is possible.)

  11. Kate @ ¡Hola! Jalapeño

    April 4, 2014 at 4:13 am

    This looks delicious! And yes, I HATE doing dishes!

  12. Courtney

    April 3, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Than you for a great recipe. This was very easy to make and quite tasty even though I didn’t have the dried apricots.

  13. Ashley

    April 3, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    This looks & sounds DELICIOUS! And for everyone confused on the directions, they’re not incomplete. You toast the dry/uncooked couscous in the first step. The in step 3 you’re adding ALL the ingredients into the pot, which includes your toasted couscous AND 2 cups of chicken stock. Simmer 10-12 minutes and voila, your one pot meal is done. : )

  14. Kim

    April 3, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Looks great, want to make this! But I am also confused as to how to cook the couscous.

    • Catherine McCord

      April 7, 2014 at 8:47 am

      Step One: Dry toast the couscous to get a golden brown color. Then Step Three: add the couscous pack to the pot with the remaining ingredients!

  15. Kim

    April 3, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Yes, I am confused too as to how to cook the couscous. Thx!

    • Catherine McCord

      April 7, 2014 at 8:47 am

      Step One: Dry toast the couscous to get a golden brown color. Then Step Three: add the couscous pack to the pot with the remaining ingredients!

  16. Amy L

    April 3, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Agreed on incomplete directions/instructions.
    Two key pieces of info needed:
    Is 1 cup israeli couscous cooked or uncooked to do dry toasting?

    If uncooked, how long for couscous to plump up and cook through compared to chicken?

    • Catherine McCord

      April 7, 2014 at 8:48 am

      Couscous is uncooked…. straight from the package…

      Step One: Dry toast the couscous to get a golden brown color. Then Step Three: add the couscous pack to the pot with the remaining ingredients!

  17. Alina

    April 3, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Chicken and dried apricots! Such a delicious combination, Thank you, Catherine!

  18. Aimee @ Simple Bites

    April 3, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Love any simple dinner idea. Thanks, Catherine.

  19. Jen

    April 3, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Instructions seem incomplete. Do you put toasted couscous back in pan and cook with rest of ingredients?

    • Catherine McCord

      April 7, 2014 at 8:49 am

      Yes, in Step Three you put the couscous back into the pan with the remaining ingredients!

  20. Kristen

    April 3, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Looks delicious and LOVE the one-pottedness. Quick question, do you add the couscous back in with the other ingredients to simmer?

  21. Elana Stein

    April 3, 2014 at 9:14 am

    I feel like I’m being dense here, but just to clarify, you don’t cook the couscous beyond toasting it for 3 minutes in the beginning? Or do you put it back in the pot when you simmer everything for 10-12 minutes?

    • Catherine McCord

      April 7, 2014 at 8:50 am

      Put the couscous back into the pan to simmer with all the remaining ingredients in Step Three!

    • Amy Lowe

      April 4, 2014 at 5:33 am

      I think we all have the same question here. If you aren’t green to cooking like myself, the most rational guess would be toast the dry couscous then add into the pot with the ingredients and broth and it will cook up in the end. I might hold off adding the couscous a 5 minutes until after the chicken has cooked some of the way.
      Makes the most sense

  22. Maryea {happy healthy mama}

    April 3, 2014 at 5:07 am

    I’m not going to lie, you had me at “one pot.” This looks like a winner to me.