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.
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.