Chicken with lemon & courgette couscous

Chicken with lemon & courgette couscous

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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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missmediabuff
12th Jan, 2012
4.05
Really quick, healthy, filling and tasty! Done!
dyeoman
17th Nov, 2011
5.05
Added red chillies and garlic - delicious and quick, will be making lots more
yvonnelove
7th Nov, 2011
5.05
Really enjoyed this recipe. I followed the advice of others and added garlic & onion to the courgettes. Also used "spicy" couscous in case it was bland otherwise and it worked well. I'm not that keen on frying chicken so I used the griddle instead and it was delicious! Great for a quick & easy mid-week dinner - will make again!
littlegreendragon13
13th Oct, 2011
5.05
Delicious, healthy, simple, one of our favourite midweek meals now.
staceyb85
9th Oct, 2011
3.05
this is nice for a midweek healthy boost, but it's nothing special. i added a moroccan spice mmix to the chicken, think it would have been bland otherwise. the cous cous would have been nicer if the courgette had been crunchy.
dorothyfinch
30th Sep, 2011
4.05
very nice and easy.allso agood way of useing my courgette's up
dorothyfinch
30th Sep, 2011
4.05
very nice and easy.allso agood way of useing my courgette's up
felicitycornish
18th Aug, 2011
4.05
I made this and really enjoyed it with some changes. As per other people's comments, I added onion and garlic to the courgettes when cooking them. I also added lemon zest and spring onion when I mixed the courgettes into the couscous, and some lemon juice. I put ground coriander in the couscous too. The spring onions really made a difference as they added a bit of crunch and the flavour fitted really well! I also decided to chop up and fry the chicken and I made a lemon sauce to go with it - adapted from one of Delia's recipes - basically a white sauce but instead of using milk, boil a couple of slices of lemon in some water for 5 mins and then use the lemon water to make the sauce. it was really delicious!
docskeg
16th Aug, 2011
5.05
This was very tasty, the courgette works so well with the couscous. This is now a firm family favorite :)
merx666
29th Jul, 2011
4.05
This has become a favourite as I almost always have the ingredients. I also don't bother hammering the chicken breast, preferring instead to slice it into two thin fillets. The couscous can get a little samey by the end though!

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