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)

mattisokay's picture

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

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

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

kg6812's picture

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

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.

vicwiggers's picture

Very yummy and easy to make! Will be making again!

svvp34's picture

surprisingly tasty, quick too, added some peppers and spring onions to the couscous aswell which worked nicely. Used turkey steaks instead of chicken.

sline88's picture

Very nice. I had cous cous, so didn't have to use polenta :) Still, I might try it with polenta one day... maybe.

debra154's picture

this was lovely, especially the cous cous.....low fat too!

starlinguk's picture

I ran out of couscous and had to use polenta instead. It was lovely!


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