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)

littlegreendragon13's picture

Delicious, healthy, simple, one of our favourite midweek meals now.

staceyb85's picture

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

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

dorothyfinch's picture

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

felicitycornish's picture

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!

docskeg's picture

This was very tasty, the courgette works so well with the couscous. This is now a firm family favorite :)

merx666's picture

This has become a favourite as I almost always have the ingredients. I also don't bother hammering the chicken breast, preferring instead to slice it into two thin fillets.

The couscous can get a little samey by the end though!

kategater's picture

This recipe is so tasty and so simple! Made it for the first time when camping and it worked a treat - it's now a regular at home too!

creasey28's picture

Cooked this last night for some friends and my 2 1/2 yr old godson and they all really liked it!! Was a really light main course and perfect if you are trying to be healthier x

nikkidowns's picture

Added extra lemon to the cous cous and also a bit of onion. Tasty but my husband complained it wasn't filling enough!

yalooze's picture

Dead simple, quick and delicious.

I used Mediterranean flavoured couscous and it added a little extra some'in some'in.

kuifke's picture

Nice light dish. Ad some cumin and coriander seeds salt en pepper

pandora_mary's picture

Great recipe, I have made it several times. I add garlic and cook the chicken in a little Cajun seasoning for extra flavour.

wheelz99's picture

Oops forgot and garlic.

wheelz99's picture

I have now tried this with added chilli peppers (green in my case), coriander and sambal (chilli sauce) which is a really good combination with the lemon. Not bland anymore, will now make it again wasn't convinced before.

rturner's picture

A bit bland but ok

wheelz99's picture

You get a sense that you're eating something very healthy but I also couldn't get the courgette crispy. Something needs adding and I'm going to try the garlic and coriander and perhaps chilli peppers. Very quick and different.

natsh1973's picture

I thought this might be incredibly boring with virtually plain chicken breasts so I made the couscous as per the recipe (which was lovely) and pan fried the chicken breasts without flattening them and added some Italian and lemon rub to the pan along with some cherry tomatoes when the chicken was cooked. Not sure I would've enjoyed as much without that.

she127's picture

Lemon is one of my most favourite ingredients and this didn't disappoint. I usually find cous cous quite bland and always have leftovers but I cleaned my plate this time. I'm vegetarian so I used fake chicken instead and it worked just as well. I'll definitely being trying this again - perhaps, as suggested, with the addition of one of my other favourite ingredients, garlic.


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