Chicken with lemon & courgette couscous

Chicken with lemon & courgette couscous

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(96 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 15 mins - 20 mins

Easy

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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Ingredients

  • 200g couscous
    Couscous

    Couscous

    koos-koos

    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
    Courgette

    Courgette

    corr-zjet

    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
    Lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

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

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

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.

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Comments (90)

alysonwilson's picture
4

Delicious, quick meal. I added garlic while cooking the courgette and a little paprika to the chicken. I did have difficulty getting the courgette to crisp up a bit. Any suggestions?

finleyalan's picture
5

One of the quickest and best mid week recipes. Dont overcook the corgettes or they go mushy. the more lemon the better !

arc01160's picture
5

Very nice - I added red pepper and spring onion to the cous cous - just to get more veggies in and more colour - lovely

ibizafan's picture
5

This is amazing and really easy, it is lovely and lemony and good for summer as it is light but tasty.

chipchop81's picture
5

Quick, easy and very tasty!

amjones's picture
4

Simple, tasty midweek meal - that also makes me feel virtuous as its low in fat!

charlottevw's picture
4

A great quick, easy and tasty midweek meal. We added some leftover toasted pine nuts we had to the couscous to give it a little crunch. We'll cook again.

Lizan's picture
3

Chicken was lovely but I also struggled to get any crunch in the courgette. Couscous v bland, greatly improved leftovers by adding leek and yellow pepper. Would make again.

srenabp's picture
5

Very jummy and easy to make! I used some ground coriander to season the couscous (well, I actually used bulgur), and I loved the result.

morning_butterfly's picture
4

I actually only made the couscous and served it with meatballs. I added a can of chickpeas to the couscous and a roasted red pepper. It tasted yummy. I will definitely be making courgette cous cous instead of the plain old boring version from now on!

louiserutherford's picture
5

Great, simple recipe. This is my eldest son's favourite meal.

platta's picture
5

Fantastic. So easy and so tasty. Will definately be doing this one again.

atinalaw's picture
5

I used some cooked chicken instead of the fillets and it worked a treat. I also added some fresh coriander. A speedy tasty dinner, will definitely make it again!

louisereid1's picture

Cooked a green chilli with the courgette and it gave it a real kick. Tasty and quick meal, will definitely make it again.

dewrain's picture
5

Quick, simple, easy, tasty and effective. What more can you ask for out of a meal after coming home from a very long day!

rachael_kaye's picture
4

Absolutely beautiful meal, really easy to prepare, only one draw back the cous cous can go cold quite quickly but apart form that it was a very tasty dish!

clairevhammond's picture

I added a red chilli and garlic to the courgettes when frying and some coriander in the couscous at the last minute. Yummy, will definitely be doing it again!

smc6781's picture
3

I thought having lemon juice on the cous cous as well as the chicken would be a bit too much lemon, so I added paprika instead - which worked really well.
To save time and messing about with hammering the chicken I just chopped up the chicken breast and stirfryed it up with the lemon juice. I also added some black pepper to the chicken at the end.
With these extra flavours this dish works well, it would have been very bland without. I will definitely be making it again as a quick and easy midweek meal.

emmahay's picture
5

this is such a simple recipe and so delicious. Its become a favourite in our house very quickly, and is very handy now that we've got a glut of homegrown courgettes. I cheat slightly and use the lemon flavour cous cous available at various supermarkets

theresajane's picture
5

I added 3 cloves of roasted garlic to the cousous. It was quick easy and tasty for a midweek meal

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