Lemon chicken with fruity olive couscous

Lemon chicken with fruity olive couscous

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 8 mins

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Serves 4

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

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For the couscous

  • 200g couscous
  • 85g sultanas
  • 250ml hot chicken stock
  • 85g pitted green olives
  • 400g can chickpeas, drained
  • 2 tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley

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  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.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, February 2012

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gfnatalie's picture

Hi Liz/ Spronny/ Sandra. Apologies but the method section was missing a detail- the other half of the marinade is poured on the couscous as a dressing. This has now been amended. Thanks for spotting it and hope you enjoy/ed this recipe anyway. Thanks, BBC Good Food web team

lizita's picture

Really yummy, I too was puzzled with what to do with the other half of the marinade, so I decided to stir it into the couscous mixture at the end and it worked! Gave it a bit more flavour.

messyjessie86's picture
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Loved this recipe. I always get stuck for ideas for cous cous, so I was looking forward to trying this variation. Made it with salmon instead of chicken, and substituted the sultanas for chopped dried apricots, yummy!

spronny's picture

I'm going to make this tonight and I am also wondering why only use half of the marinade....?

6dinnersid's picture
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Quick and easy recipe that the whole family enjoyed..including a picky teenager! Only thing I would ask..what do i do with the other half of the marinade? Why only use half?? Would definately make again.

absabs's picture
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super easy, super tasty and super healthy.

jenidal's picture
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Great recipe! Full of flavour and weight watchers friendly!