Loaded with chicken, onion, butternut squash, apricots, chickpeas and couscous, this slow-cooker recipe is not only bursting with color and texture, but it's also packed with protein and a host of vitamins and even contains a dose of fiber.

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Source: Everyday Slow Cooker


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  • Stir together the cumin, ginger, black pepper, cinnamon, cayenne, and 3/4 teaspoon of the salt in a small bowl. Rub the spice mixture all over the chicken. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Add the chicken to the skillet, and cook on 1 side until well browned, about 6 minutes; turn the chicken over, and cook 1 minute. Transfer the chicken to a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker. Add the onions to the skillet, and cook, stirring often, until tender, about 4 minutes. Spoon the onions around the chicken in the slow cooker.

  • Stir the squash, stock, apricots, chickpeas, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt into the slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are tender, about 4 hours.

  • Prepare the couscous according to the package directions, omitting the salt and fat. Divide the couscous among 8 bowls. Top with the chicken mixture; sprinkle evenly with the almonds. Garnish with the cilantro leaves, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

496 calories; protein 43g 86% DV; carbohydrates 49g 16% DV; exchange other carbs 3.5; dietary fiber 7g 28% DV; sugars 7g; fat 15g 23% DV; saturated fat 3g 15% DV; cholesterol -1mg; vitamin a iu -1IU; vitamin c -1mg -2% DV; folate -1mcg; calcium -1mg; iron -1mg -6% DV; magnesium -1mg; potassium -1mg; sodium 453mg 18% DV; thiamin -1mg -100% DV.