Chicken with lemon & courgette couscous

Chicken with lemon & courgette couscous

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 15 mins - 20 mins


Serves 4
Add a touch of zest to your midweek meal with this low-fat family supper

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal275
  • fat7g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs29g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre1g
  • protein25g
  • salt0.37g
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  • 200g couscous



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

  • 400ml chicken stock
  • 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…

  • 4 courgettes, grated



    The courgette is a variety of cucurtbit, which means it's from the same family as cucumber,…

  • 2 lemons, 1 halved, 1 cut into wedges



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

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts


  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.

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Comments (90)

mdej123's picture

Cooked this last night and the whole family really enjoyed it. I used turkey instead of chicken, cheaper and makes a change for us. Very quick and easy to make, a nice quick dinner.

emmalm's picture

Made this tonight as someone else had suggested I added spring onion & red pepper, tasted delicious will definitely be on my menus from now on.

jab_zz's picture

Literally the worst recipe I have ever used, avoid.

karenrocky's picture

made this last nite spread some morrocan spice mix & harissa to spice it up a bit gorgeous

jamesewan's picture

OK, I've cracked it!

The recipe seemed a bit bland as it was so I added two preserved lemons, chopped, to the couscous, with a heaped teaspoon of ras-el hanout spice blend and some chopped mint.

I agree with other comments here that it is difficult to make the courgettes crispy and that they release a lot of liquid so I used slotted and wooden spoons to press out the water from each heap of grated courgette as I added it to the couscous.

Finally, to increase the flavour and bite of the chicken, I covered them in a bit of flour mixed with ras-el hanout before frying. To achieve the flat fillets described in the recipe I just got my butcher to open the chicken breasts for me, which he normally suggests here in South East France. They were perfect after 2.5 minutes in the pan each side.

With those small modifications, this was a really delicious meal !

sarafelix1991's picture

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

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

kempsterl's picture

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

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

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

jenowuk's picture

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

sherreemills's picture

Light, tasty, quick and easy.

rhaverty's picture

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

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

Found this dish a bit dry.

rozpoz's picture

Found this dish a bit dry.

missmediabuff's picture

Really quick, healthy, filling and tasty! Done!

dyeoman's picture

Added red chillies and garlic - delicious and quick, will be making lots more

yvonnelove's picture

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!


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