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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12th Jan, 2012
Really quick, healthy, filling and tasty! Done!
17th Nov, 2011
Added red chillies and garlic - delicious and quick, will be making lots more
7th Nov, 2011
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!
13th Oct, 2011
Delicious, healthy, simple, one of our favourite midweek meals now.
9th Oct, 2011
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.
30th Sep, 2011
very nice and easy.allso agood way of useing my courgette's up
30th Sep, 2011
very nice and easy.allso agood way of useing my courgette's up
18th Aug, 2011
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!
16th Aug, 2011
This was very tasty, the courgette works so well with the couscous. This is now a firm family favorite :)
29th Jul, 2011
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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