Chicken with lemon & courgette couscous

Chicken with lemon & courgette couscous

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(106 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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abcdefghijord
12th Dec, 2013
Made this tonight, I read a few comments about the courgette releasing too much liquid when fried, so I squeezed all the liquid out before frying. I also added two cloves of garlic and dried chilli flakes to the pan then added to couscous. I grated the lemon zest into the couscous too, as well as half a lemon. My OH loved it! I did serve it with fine green beans however, as I only had 100g of couscous.
KTMAC
17th Jul, 2013
Very tasty. Would make again.
peachybitz1
8th Jul, 2013
I didn't bother with the chicken at all..made the couscous with a herb stock pot, added courgette and mushrooms and chorizio! Yummalicious! Will definitely be having this again. I also reduced the amount made as I'm single and I still have enough for three meals!
christellissima
5th May, 2013
4.05
nice and easy... refreshing for the beginning of summer. I could have put more lemon. Will do it again my guest were happy.
tinkerpooh42
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.
ravagnani
5th Apr, 2013
5.05
lovely recipe! I have added some green beans to the couscous and made a lime butter with fresh chilli for the chicken
rbarkhuysen
27th Jan, 2013
5.05
Delicious. Added some chilli flakes to the couscous. Will be making again soon!
frumpyfroggy
20th Aug, 2012
5.05
I used half a knorr herb and olive oil stock cube. The couscous was delicious. Will definately be making again.
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LibrarianGoddess
19th Aug, 2012
4.05
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.
ninegrandstudent
19th Aug, 2012
4.05
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! http://ninegrandstudent.wordpress.com/

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