Chicken with lemon & courgette couscous

Chicken with lemon & courgette couscous

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(98 ratings)

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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5th May, 2013
nice and easy... refreshing for the beginning of summer. I could have put more lemon. Will do it again my guest were happy.
24th Apr, 2013
Quick, easy recipe with few ingredients so great for a mid week dinner. It was tasty, fresh & filling. Also a great way to make a chicken breast feed 2 as we try to eat less meat as we only buy free range which is obviously more expensive. Really enjoyed cooking & eating this meal & didn't change anything.
5th Apr, 2013
lovely recipe! I have added some green beans to the couscous and made a lime butter with fresh chilli for the chicken
27th Jan, 2013
Delicious. Added some chilli flakes to the couscous. Will be making again soon!
20th Aug, 2012
I used half a knorr herb and olive oil stock cube. The couscous was delicious. Will definately be making again.
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19th Aug, 2012
I liked this a lot and didn't find it bland ... Although the fact that I added a chilli and some feta to the couscous might have helped there :) It went down well with the Boy too, so I'll definitely be making it again.
19th Aug, 2012
Just made the couscous as a side for pork fillet with a Greek-style coating (Ainsley Harriot). Was extremely delicious and very filling (quartered the ingredients to serve one and there's plenty left for lunch!). Am only giving four stars as I feel 'seasoning' needs to be expanded. I added chilli and paprika flakes, which worked very well. Just ordinary seasoning would be too bland in my opinion. But this is definitely something I will make again - hopefully its just as good cold!
5th Aug, 2012
I added a small chilli and garlic when frying the courgette after reading the comments about it being bland. It worked really well and as it's such a quick and easy recipe I'll definitely make it again.
2nd Aug, 2012
I added a preserved lemon and a garlic clove to the courgettes while frying and cut the oil to one teaspoon. I cooked the courgettes long enough for the water to evaporate. The chicken was cut up into bite size chunks and coated in a spoonful of harissa before frying. Delicious, very quick to make and uses up the courgette glut!.
3rd Jul, 2012
Added some mint to the cous cous and cooked the chicken breasts in the oven with some cherry tomatoes which added a bit of extra flavour to the dish. Very nice healthy dinner.


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