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

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

platta's picture
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Fantastic. So easy and so tasty. Will definately be doing this one again.

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

mattisokay's picture
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Absolutely delicious and easy to make for one - I used Knorr vegetable stock granules (1tsp) with 50g plain couscous, 1 courgette, half a lemon and 1 chicken breast. Tasted brilliant, filled me up and only took about 40min from start to final swallow!

manfas's picture
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This went down very well. I did have to squeeze a lot of water out of the courgettes so next time I might use that to make the stock. I also added garlic. I'll definitely make this again.

harrietlikesyou's picture
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would have been nicer if i could have worked out how to get the courgettes to have a bit of crunch...

kg6812's picture
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So yummy and quick to make! I added some garlic to the courgettes for a bit of extra flavour. I will definitely make this again

eleanormayo's picture
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Disappointing really, I think I expected it to be tastier, but was just a bit bland. Fine if you just want some 'fuel' midweek, but am not sure I will bother doing again.

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