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. Source: Everyday Slow Cooker

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Ingredients

Directions

  • 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.

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  • 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; 15 g total fat; 3 g saturated fat; 453 mg sodium. 49 g carbohydrates; 7 g fiber; 7 g sugar; 43 g protein;