Chicken with lemon & courgette couscous

Chicken with lemon & courgette couscous

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(109 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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27th Apr, 2012
Made this twice now, lovely light summer dish. Also add peas to the Couscous to give it a bit more veg.
24th Apr, 2012
cooked the chicken with a little harissa and this was deliciuos.
10th Apr, 2012
Oh what a let down, very bland and plain.But the cous cous went well with the summer in winter chicken so all was not lost.
4th Apr, 2012
We had this tonight and it was lovely. I have to admit I exchanged two of the courgettes for an onion and a carrot for a bit of variety (and also as courgettes are a little more expensive!) and grated them and cooked them as the courgettes would have been. I also added a tsp cumin to the couscous and a couple of cloves of garlic to the veg as it was frying. Yummy
15th Mar, 2012
Tried this tonight, added some onion to the courgette and garlic when frying chicken. Really quick and very tasty
3rd Mar, 2012
This was great. really flavoursome chicken, and the couscous was nice with it. Very filling meal for low fat, low cal:-)
2nd Mar, 2012
Light, tasty, quick and easy.
26th Feb, 2012
I really like this as a quick midweek meal, with loads of black pepper in the couscous. Usually make extra and have the couscous with some salad and feta cheese for lunch the next day.
23rd Feb, 2012
I cooked this last night, but made a few adjustments as otherwise could be a bit bland- i did the harissa spiced chicken from other healthy chicken recipe, and added some thinly slice leek cooked with courgette and before serving some thinly slice red pepper, and juice of 1 lemon and then juiced a lime over the chicken and couscous on the plate! bloomin delicious! very taste other half loved it! think it would have been too bland if i hadn't made those changes.
15th Jan, 2012
Found this dish a bit dry.


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