Easy One Pot Chicken and Vegetables with Couscous


How do you take plain chicken and vegetables and make them into something lively and delicious?  And how do you make it easy by making it in one stock pot?  Like this…


1 T olive oil
2 to 2 ½ lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 x 3 inch strips 
1 large onion, chopped coarse
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 – 15 oz can garbanzo beans, drained
1 – 15 oz can diced tomatoes in rich juice
½ cup dried currants (or raisins) 
3 bay leaves
6 inches stick cinnamon (or ½ t ground cinnamon)
1 T chili powder
1 t ground ginger
2 t ground cumin
2 t chicken base (such as Better Than Bouillon)
2 t brown sugar
1 t salt (or to taste)
6 cups fresh vegetables, sliced (such as carrots in 1/4 inch slices, celery in 1/2 inch slices and cabbage in 1 inch wide shreds)*

1 box couscous (such as Near East)

In a stock pot or Dutch oven, cook chicken pieces in olive oil for about 5 minutes.  Add onion and garlic.  Continue to cook and stir occasionally until chicken is just cooked through and onion is tender.  Stir in garbanzo beans, tomatoes, currants, bay leaves, cinnamon, chili powder, ginger, cumin, chicken base, brown sugar and salt.  Stir in vegetables.  Heat until bubbling, then reduce heat.  Cover and simmer about 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender.  Discard bay leaves and cinnamon sticks.

Meanwhile prepare couscous according to package directions.  Serve chicken mixture over couscous. 

Note: You will have plenty of chicken mixture for another meal of leftovers.  Just make a new box of couscous.

*More vegetable options : zucchini, mild bell peppers, turnips.

P.S. This recipe is chock-full of nutritious goodness but I’ve never told my family that and this gets consumed down to the last slice of carrot!

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Signature Recipe by Luanna Diller

About Luanna Diller

Luanna Diller's professional expertise includes nutrition, health behavior change, and wellness. She has over three decades of experience in counseling, teaching and motivating thousands of clients to achieve healthier lifestyles. She is a wife, mom to a teenager and a young adult, Registered Dietitian and Christian women’s ministries leader. She is a creative cook, loves to dance and recently discovered a knack for hand making glass beads.
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2 Responses to Easy One Pot Chicken and Vegetables with Couscous

  1. Kellan Sawyer says:

    Looking forward to making & trying this.

    Sent from my iPhone


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