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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17th Jan, 2014
Tried this tonight it was delicious! Added Chilli flakes and Garlic to the couscous mix as suggest below. Made half the recipe to feed 2 and there was still some left for lunch tomorrow... thumbs up!
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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.
17th Jul, 2013
Very tasty. Would make again.
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!
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.


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