Chicken with lemon & courgette couscous

Chicken with lemon & courgette couscous

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 15 mins - 20 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

Add a touch of zest to your midweek meal with this low-fat family supper

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
275
protein
25g
carbs
29g
fat
7g
saturates
1g
fibre
1g
sugar
4g
salt
0.37g

Ingredients

  • 200g couscous
  • 400ml chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 courgettes, grated
  • 2 lemons, 1 halved, 1 cut into wedges
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

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Method

  1. Tip the couscous into a large bowl and pour over the stock. Cover and leave for 10 mins until fluffy and all the stock has been absorbed. Heat 1 tbsp oil and fry the courgettes until softened and crisping at the edges. Tip into the couscous, then stir in with plenty of seasoning and a good squeeze of lemon juice from one of the halves.
  2. Halve the chicken breasts horizontally and put each piece on a sheet of cling film. Cover with another sheet and beat each piece out with a rolling pin to make it thinner. Season. Heat the remaining oil in a large pan and fry the chicken for about 2 mins on each side until cooked through. Squeeze over the juice from the other lemon half and serve with the couscous and lemon wedges on the side.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2010

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sarafelix1991's picture
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it was really tasty, i added some mushrooms and fresh chilli to the couscous and it was delicious, its very much a summer dish i would say very tasty and light

fluffballjt's picture
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Made this twice now, lovely light summer dish. Also add peas to the Couscous to give it a bit more veg.

kempsterl's picture
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cooked the chicken with a little harissa and this was deliciuos.

walker68's picture

Oh what a let down, very bland and plain.But the cous cous went well with the summer in winter chicken so all was not lost.

gingerbumblebee's picture
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We had this tonight and it was lovely. I have to admit I exchanged two of the courgettes for an onion and a carrot for a bit of variety (and also as courgettes are a little more expensive!) and grated them and cooked them as the courgettes would have been. I also added a tsp cumin to the couscous and a couple of cloves of garlic to the veg as it was frying. Yummy

susanmcg's picture
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Tried this tonight, added some onion to the courgette and garlic when frying chicken. Really quick and very tasty

jenowuk's picture
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This was great. really flavoursome chicken, and the couscous was nice with it. Very filling meal for low fat, low cal:-)

sherreemills's picture
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Light, tasty, quick and easy.

rhaverty's picture
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I really like this as a quick midweek meal, with loads of black pepper in the couscous.

Usually make extra and have the couscous with some salad and feta cheese for lunch the next day.

tilleyflipflop1's picture
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I cooked this last night, but made a few adjustments as otherwise could be a bit bland- i did the harissa spiced chicken from other healthy chicken recipe, and added some thinly slice leek cooked with courgette and before serving some thinly slice red pepper, and juice of 1 lemon and then juiced a lime over the chicken and couscous on the plate! bloomin delicious! very taste other half loved it! think it would have been too bland if i hadn't made those changes.

rozpoz's picture
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Found this dish a bit dry.

rozpoz's picture
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Found this dish a bit dry.

missmediabuff's picture
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Really quick, healthy, filling and tasty! Done!

dyeoman's picture
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Added red chillies and garlic - delicious and quick, will be making lots more

yvonnelove's picture
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Really enjoyed this recipe. I followed the advice of others and added garlic & onion to the courgettes. Also used "spicy" couscous in case it was bland otherwise and it worked well. I'm not that keen on frying chicken so I used the griddle instead and it was delicious! Great for a quick & easy mid-week dinner - will make again!

littlegreendragon13's picture
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Delicious, healthy, simple, one of our favourite midweek meals now.

staceyb85's picture
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this is nice for a midweek healthy boost, but it's nothing special. i added a moroccan spice mmix to the chicken, think it would have been bland otherwise. the cous cous would have been nicer if the courgette had been crunchy.

dorothyfinch's picture
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very nice and easy.allso agood way of useing my courgette's up

dorothyfinch's picture
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very nice and easy.allso agood way of useing my courgette's up

felicitycornish's picture
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I made this and really enjoyed it with some changes. As per other people's comments, I added onion and garlic to the courgettes when cooking them. I also added lemon zest and spring onion when I mixed the courgettes into the couscous, and some lemon juice. I put ground coriander in the couscous too. The spring onions really made a difference as they added a bit of crunch and the flavour fitted really well!
I also decided to chop up and fry the chicken and I made a lemon sauce to go with it - adapted from one of Delia's recipes - basically a white sauce but instead of using milk, boil a couple of slices of lemon in some water for 5 mins and then use the lemon water to make the sauce.
it was really delicious!

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