Lemon chicken with fruity olive couscous

Lemon chicken with fruity olive couscous

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 8 mins


Serves 4
A low-fat dish of grilled citrus chicken with fresh salad that can be whipped up for a quick supper

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal460
  • fat11g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs49g
  • sugars15g
  • fibre4g
  • protein39g
  • salt2.1g
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  • 4 skinless chicken breast
  • juice 2 lemons



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 3 garlic clove, crushed

For the couscous

  • 200g couscous



    Consisting of many tiny granules made from steamed and dried durum wheat, couscous has become a…

  • 85g sultana
  • 250ml hot chicken stock
  • 85g pitted green olive
  • 400g can chickpeas, drained
  • 2 tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley


  1. Butterfly the chicken breasts by cutting through the thickest part of the breast, stopping 1cm before the edge, then opening out like a book. Whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, chilli flakes and garlic. Pour half over the chicken and marinate for 15 mins.

  2. Meanwhile, put the couscous and sultanas in a bowl, then pour over the stock. Cover the bowl with cling film and leave for 5 mins.

  3. Heat a griddle or non-stick frying pan, remove the chicken from the marinade and cook for 4 mins on each side until golden and cooked through.

  4. Fluff up the couscous with a fork and stir in the olives, chickpeas, parsley and the other half of the marinade. Season and serve with the chicken.

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Comments (27)

davect's picture

Quick and easy as well as very tasty. I would probably add more chicken stock to the couscous and sultanas next time since it was a little dry.

east_star's picture

Pretty easy to cook but chicken was a bit test-less.

carob9's picture

Made this for the first time using the recipe from the magazine rather than online - which tells you to pour half the marinade over the chicken...but doesn't tell you what to do with the other half. See this has been corrected here so guessing it will taste more flavoursome next time!

Tiddlertoo's picture

Added extra liquid to make softer cous cous. Easy as promised and tasty

marktewk's picture

Perhaps I did something wrong... the couscous was nice although cold with the chickpeas not heated. The whole thing was too dry... how much lemon juice do you expect from two lemons? is marinading for 15 minutes long enough? The chicken didn't have enough lemon taste for us.

jb5370's picture

I cheat a bit and use a pack of lemon and coriander couscous! But delicious, easy and everyone loves this recipe.

lumene's picture

This is a great dinner! I served it to my guest the other day and it was a success! Not being a fan of sultanas I left them out, but added some pine nuts and served the chicken with a youghurt dressing. I will definitely do this again soon!

ginge86's picture

Love everything about this recipe, super tasty and healthy to boot. Sometimes use turkey breasts instead of chicken and that works well too.

vicki_mh's picture

Absolutely delicious! The cooking time was perfect and the chicken was tender and moist. I didn't have any olives or chickpeas and I'm not a fan of sultanas so I made the couscous without them. Still tasted lovely though. I think you definitely need some kind of veg with this. This is going into my binder!

rbarkhuysen's picture

Made this last night and it was delicious! Admittedly I didn't have olives and I added cherry toms, beetroot and cucumber instead but it was the dressing that made it, and the chicken was so tasty and moist, my husband loved it.

lulup74's picture

Great, easy & quick after work dinner - delicious!

eleanormayo's picture

This was good, I omitted the sultanas and used capers in stead & served with yoghurt. Fresh, healthy & tasty!

pennyreynolds's picture

Really easy but great flavours. Will definitely make again.

bananna's picture

I found this way too much couscous for 4 people, half would have been enough and the dressing would have worked better on the smaller amount. It was really tasty though.

libby0's picture

delicious and healthy

bunkin's picture

Very easy to do and full of flavour.

Left out the chickpeas (not a big love in our household) and added a variety of roast vegetables to the cous cous to up veg intake.

Frantic Flapjack's picture

This was a very good recipe. The chicken turned out really well. Lots of couscous so good for lunch the next day. Left out the olives.

emmagb's picture

Really tasty and simple meal.

jane_avery's picture

oh and left overs nice cold for lunch the next day :)

jane_avery's picture

Nice quick mid week recipie - skipped the olives as we don't like them and used chopped dried prunes instead of sultanas as we had them and they needed using up - worked really nicely. Perhaps a little on the dry side - you definitly need decent chicken and perhpas a dollop of greek yogurt or similar.


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michele8840's picture

Great recipe, all the family love it. The kids especially. We leave out the olives and add cucumber cut into cubes and cherry tomatoes cut in half to the couscous. That feels a bit more like we are getting some vegetables in there. Also, the marinade/sauce is not enough so we make it 1.5x so that the couscous has lots of flavour and is not too dry. All round a great dish that we have made at least half a dozen times. Highly recommend.