One pot moroccan chicken couscous

One pot moroccan chicken cous cous

This meal is made out of defiance, chicken, cumin, stubbornness and couscous. All in one pot!

It was my night to cook and I was resisting, because well, I wanted to make cookies. As I begrudgedly (is that even a word?) stood in the kitchen and eyed off my stove I declared ‘If I’m cooking I’m only using one pot!’

So there. That’ll teach the, er, cat.

Lucy the kitten

Little kitten. Wired. As always. Could be all the banging in the kitchen.

And then something magical happened. I remembered about my friend couscous. And chicken. And garam masala and stock. And vegetables!

Couscous is awesome. You cook up all the chicken, spices, vegies and what not, put a whole lot of stock and tinned tomatoes in and just add uncooked couscous. Cover the pot with a lid, let the magic happen, and ta da! Dinner!

One pot moroccan chicken cous cous

It turns out this is already a dish. But I swear I invented it too. Then googled it, and refined it. Now it’s here for you!

Bottle of Rioja

Topped with coriander (cilantro), natural yogurt and served with wine – it’s just perfect.

And, it only uses one pot.

Preperation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: about 40 minutes
Serves: 2

1 ½ teaspoons garam masala
½ teaspoon each ground cumin, ground coriander (cilantro) and chilli powder
½ red onion, halved and cut into thin wedges
1 skinless chicken breasts , cut into bite-sized chunks
1 small eggplant (aubergine), or half a large one, cubed
1 capsicum, sliced (any colour, or I tend to use half-half of a green and a red)
½ cup stock (from a stock cube)
Handful of mushrooms, sliced
Handful of green beans, cut to bite size pieces
1 x 400g cans tomatoes
Zest and juice 1 lemon
½ cup couscous (about 100 grams)
small bunch coriander (cilantro), roughly chopped


  1. Place the cubed eggplant on a plate and salt lightly, then place another plate on top. This allows the eggplant to sweat a little and takes the bitterness away.
  2. Heat a large non-stick casserole dish or pan on the stove. Add the garam masala, spices and onions to the pan with a dash of oil, stir and cook gently for 10 mins until soft.
  3. Add chicken and brown for 5-10 mins.
  4. Add eggplant and capsicum, and ½ cup of stock. Simmer for 10 mins until liquid is gone and eggplant is nearly cooked.
  5. Tip canned tomatoes into the pan with 1/4 can of water, mushrooms and beans, simmer until heated through.
  6. Add the lemon zest and juice, couscous and seasoning, stir until combined .
  7. Cover and turn off the heat. Let stand for 10 minutes, stir through coriander and serve.

Healthy? About 410 calories a serve. They’re big serves too, you may just end up having it for lunch the next day.

Gluten free? No. Couscous is a wheat product

Storage: Can freeze, but not the best. Keeps one day in fridge, reheat well.

Modified from Good Food.

25 Comments on One pot moroccan chicken couscous

  1. Kristy
    30 November 2011 at 1:23 am (6 years ago)

    This looks fantastic Aimee! And can I tell you how much I love the one pot thing! Virtually no dishes!

  2. Stefanie
    30 November 2011 at 6:25 am (6 years ago)

    Haha love your defiance and desire to use only 1 pot!! Great looking dish 🙂 Love Moroccan food, too!

  3. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    30 November 2011 at 7:05 am (6 years ago)

    Weird I saw this in Facebook, but not my subscription feed. I’m complaining to WordPress. Ah, a cat! Where was I? Oh yes, yum! Rioja. Double yum.

    • Aimee@clevermuffin
      30 November 2011 at 7:09 am (6 years ago)

      That’s terrible! Well double thanks for clicking on through…

  4. ceciliag
    30 November 2011 at 12:23 pm (6 years ago)

    You may have been looking for begrudgingly but I am here to tell you that begrudgedly is now a word, just wanted to let you know before i go back and read the whole post!! awesome.. c

    • Aimee@clevermuffin
      30 November 2011 at 5:53 pm (6 years ago)

      Oh yea, that sounds more like it! But I’m glad begrudgedly is now a word! Far easier to make words up then, you know, properly look them up!

  5. frugalfeeding
    30 November 2011 at 9:55 pm (6 years ago)

    Fantastic. I adore rioja too, I always bring some back from Spain when I take my yearly trip. One of my favourite wines. But, wait a second… have I ever seen you blog a savory meal? You ought to do more.

    • Aimee@clevermuffin
      30 November 2011 at 10:12 pm (6 years ago)

      It’s because ***drum roll*** I just got a better camera and can now take photos in normal light and photograph dinners. Yippee!! Love a Rioja too!

  6. Anonymous
    1 December 2011 at 1:19 am (6 years ago)

    Yum Aimee…my daughter will love this!! I’m forwarding to her right away! And I will too, I love easy, one pot get the dinner on the table fast meals!!

  7. sportsglutton
    1 December 2011 at 8:10 am (6 years ago)

    Sounds like a delicious combination of flavors. yum yum all around.

  8. Kay aka Babygirl
    1 December 2011 at 8:50 am (6 years ago)

    Wow, this moroccan chicken couscous looks absolutely amazing. My mouth is watering.. I think its time to eat dinner lol

  9. Courtney
    2 December 2011 at 3:32 am (6 years ago)

    So easy, and so tasty, too. I wonder what defiance and stubborness taste like? A little spicy perhaps?

  10. Mary
    2 December 2011 at 1:18 pm (6 years ago)

    I adore a great one pot meal! Thanks for the ideas.

  11. When Harry Met Celery
    3 December 2011 at 2:16 am (6 years ago)

    I adoreee the new header. Who did it for you? It’s super cute 😀

  12. Caroline
    3 December 2011 at 6:12 am (6 years ago)

    Everything is always better when served with wine, right? 😉 This couscous sounds fabulous! Looks hearty and delicious. Your kitty is absolutely adorable!

  13. Lindsay@GirlFromScratch
    4 December 2011 at 9:32 am (6 years ago)

    This post has 3 of my favorite things: cats, one-pot meals, and wine. Seriously though, I’m obsessed with trying to find one-pot wonders and now this will be my next recipe. Thank you! I really enjoy your blog!

  14. Tea & Sympathy
    6 December 2011 at 10:36 am (6 years ago)

    Ooooh, if I ate chicken I would be all over this like a fat kid on a Smartie. Any ideas on vegetarianising it? PS: Love the new banner – oh so cute!

    • Aimee@clevermuffin
      7 December 2011 at 8:11 am (6 years ago)

      I’ve done a veggo version before. Especially handy if I want to keep it for a few days in the fridge. The spices make it tasty enough, and the cous cous and eggplant filing enough, that you can just remove the chicken from the recipe. 🙂

  15. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    7 December 2011 at 6:10 am (6 years ago)

    Very cute kitty! 🙂 This one dish wonder looks fantastic! I don’t think you proved your point very well that you were mad about not making cookies. This just looks too good.

  16. Sawsan@ Chef in disguise
    11 December 2011 at 7:10 pm (6 years ago)

    one pot!
    yes please!
    did I ever tell you how much I love the healthy, gluten, freeze with every post
    and the new header elegant

  17. The Hook
    12 December 2011 at 10:29 am (6 years ago)

    That’s one cool-lookin’ cat!

  18. Anonymous
    16 June 2012 at 9:52 am (6 years ago)

    Everyone says “it sounds great”, has anyone tried it?

    • Aimee@clevermuffin
      16 June 2012 at 10:55 am (6 years ago)

      I know my friend Megan has also made it with success (vegetarian version) if that helps.


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