Moroccan chicken with lemon couscous

Moroccan chicken with lemon couscous

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 4
Fragrant, tender chicken with zesty lemon couscous makes a healthy Moroccan meal in minutes

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal344
  • fat4g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs39g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre2g
  • protein41g
  • salt0.44g
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  • 250g couscous



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

  • zest and juice 1 lemon



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

  • 1 tsp 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…

  • 1 tbsp clear honey
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, sliced into large strips
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon



    A fragrant spice which comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree. When dried, it curls into…

  • 1 tsp ground cumin



    An aromatic spice native to eastern Mediteranean countries and Upper Egypt. This warm,…

  • 400g can chopped tomatoes



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 150ml chicken stock
  • 200g fine green beans, trimmed


  1. Put the couscous, half the lemon zest and half the juice in a medium bowl and pour over 400ml boiling water. Cover with cling film and leave to soak while you cook the chicken.

  2. Heat oil in a large non-stick frying pan, drizzle honey and some seasoning over the chicken and fry over a medium heat for 5-6 mins, until golden.

  3. Mix in the spices, followed by the tomatoes, stock, beans and remaining lemon zest and juice. Bring to the boil and simmer, uncovered, for 8-10 mins or until the beans are tender. Fork through the couscous to fluff it up, then serve with the chicken.

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Comments (43)

colabunny's picture

Surprisingly tasteless. There are better chicken/couscous recipes on here. Won't be making this again.

lurvlyloz's picture

I really enjoyed this. I added the stock to a 1/4 of a tin of water. I added 2 fresh chillis to spice it up. Made it with veg in the cous cous. Would definitely make again

thegreatjackson's picture

Like many others reviewing the recipe, it turned out nothing like the picture. Very watery and rather tasteless. Would not recommend- the recipe needs some serious adjustments.

amanda.whitfield's picture

Really tasty and was so quick to make. I added loads of extra cumin and a bit extra honey (extra tbsp max). Nice and healthy!

JonathonO's picture

Fantastic dish that is simple to make and tastes awesome.

danielasjorge's picture

A little TOO lemony for me. Only putting about a teaspoon of lemon juice on cous cous is more than enough.

sutty's picture

I agree that it looked nothing like the picture as it was not as dry, however I thought it was lovely. I added broad beans as well as green beans and served it with mango chutney- scrummy :-)

higginsn's picture

Thought I'd give this a try as I had some green beans to use up. Very average dish

cazzawatto's picture

Really easy to make and very tasty. Low calorie food shouldn't taste this good!

wendy_darling's picture

I took note of the other positive comments and used ras el hanout, reduced the sauce right down and served with mint yoghurt. Really quick, easy and tasty

lydiapaiva's picture

Not much flavour.

aimees1509's picture

I was very concerned after following the recipe that it was very saucy but used some of the sauce to make the cous cous, which worked wonderfully!

Also added some chillis to add a touch more spice.

Easy to follow recipe.

sphocas's picture

It was really delicios! I doubled the spices, however, and I added diced apricots to the couscous. I found that the sweetness of the apricots went very well with the lemon. All in all, a delicious meal!

frenchie3572's picture

I found that recipe so easy to follow! I added a touch of Harissa to give it a little kick and it tasted fantastic :)

natlee89's picture

Came out very runny, not nice at all. Would not make again. Didn't seem to have much flavour either.

cjsansom's picture

Unlike other comments, mine came out exactly like the photo! In fact I added more stock rather than reduced it ... Good for a mid-week, family meal. Husband suggested adding more cumin next time.

sammendez1's picture

Didn't love the cous cous - it was pretty bland, the packets are much better and are always very low in fat etc.
The chicken and beans were lovely though, great flavour.

ummyusef's picture

Very nice :) I wasn't too sure about all that lemon with tomato and honey but it worked very well together.

helenrandall's picture

Why dont the recipes ever come out looking the same as the photos on this website? I followed the instructions exactly as I didn't see the comments about how runny the sauce was - it actually looked more like a soup! Also, the colour of the sauce was more red than brown. Tasted ok but was rather annoyed it didn't look as nice as the photo.


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Tips (2)

JonathonO's picture

Some of us that have made this recipe tend to find it is not as dry as it is in the picture which was the same for me (but still tasted awesome).

Couple of tips to get around this:
Put less chopped tomatoes in the dish
Increase honey content slightly so that the spices bind with the chicken and other ingredients a little more
Add cornflour to the chicken stock to thicken it
Put dry couscous (don't make it separately) in the pan along with the tomatoes so it soaks up some of the juices

Scaff-jh's picture

use a better quality chicken for less water in the great