Pomegranate Chicken with Almond Couscous

Jazz up chicken breasts with this fruity, sweetly spiced sauce with pomegranate seeds, toasted almonds and tagine paste. 590 cals per serving.

Couscous (the food so good they named it twice!) is a whole-grain and a good source of B vitamins. And, just so you know what you are eating, it is a traditional North African ingredient and consists of small balls of durum wheat or semolina flour. It is often mistaken for a grain, but it is actually the same dough that is made into many pastas.

Pomegranate Chicken with Almond Couscous

Pomegranate chicken with almond couscous

Ingredients serves 4
1 tbsp vegetable oil
200g couscous
1 chicken stock cube
1 large red onion, halved and thinly sliced
600g chicken
mini fillets
4 tbsp tagine spice paste (available from Tesco or Marks & Spencer), or 2 tbsp harissa
190ml bottle pomegranate juice (not sweetened; we used Pom Wonderful)
100g pack pomegranate seeds
100g pack toasted flaked almond
small pack mint, chopped

How to prepare
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.

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.

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.