Jo Pratt's Moroccan Chicken with Spring Onion Couscous

This tasty recipe combines store cupboard staples like dried apricots and tinned tomatoes with fresh items you can pick up as you dash home from work.


1. Place the apricots in a bowl, cover with boiling water and leave for 10 minutes to soften. Heat the sunflower or vegetable oil in a large frying pan or saucepan. Add the onion, ginger and garlic and cook for 5 minutes until softened but not coloured. Slice the chicken into bite-size pieces and add to the pan with the cinnamon stick, harissa paste and cumin. Fry for a few minutes until the chicken becomes opaque.

2. Drain the tomatoes of most of their juice and stir into the pan, drain the apricots and stir in, add salt and pepper, cover pan loosely with a lid and cook gently for 15-20 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, place the couscous and spring onion in a large bowl. Mix the lemon juice and olive oil into the very hot stock, and then pour over the couscous. Stir and then cover with a plate for 5 minutes. Fluff the grains with a fork and add salt and pepper. When serving, scatter the almonds and coriander over the chicken.

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