Moroccan chicken with lemon couscous

Moroccan chicken with lemon couscous

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins

Easy

Serves 4
Fragrant, tender chicken with zesty lemon couscous makes a healthy Moroccan meal in minutes

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal344
  • fat4g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs39g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre2g
  • protein41g
  • salt0.44g
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Ingredients

  • 250g couscous
    Couscous

    Couscous

    koos-koos

    Consisting of many tiny granules made from steamed and dried durum wheat, couscous has become a…

  • zest and juice 1 lemon
    Lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 1 tsp 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…

  • 1 tbsp clear honey
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, sliced into large strips
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
    Cinnamon

    Cinnamon

    sin-ah-mun

    A fragrant spice which comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree. When dried, it curls into…

  • 1 tsp ground cumin
    Cumin

    Cumin

    q-min

    An aromatic spice native to eastern Mediteranean countries and Upper Egypt. This warm,…

  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
    Tomato

    Tomato

    toe-mart-oh

    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 150ml chicken stock
  • 200g fine green beans, trimmed

Method

  1. Put the couscous, half the lemon zest and half the juice in a medium bowl and pour over 400ml boiling water. Cover with cling film and leave to soak while you cook the chicken.

  2. Heat oil in a large non-stick frying pan, drizzle honey and some seasoning over the chicken and fry over a medium heat for 5-6 mins, until golden.

  3. Mix in the spices, followed by the tomatoes, stock, beans and remaining lemon zest and juice. Bring to the boil and simmer, uncovered, for 8-10 mins or until the beans are tender. Fork through the couscous to fluff it up, then serve with the chicken.

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Bee96luv
12th Jan, 2017
1.3
Not much taste to it really, this may be a good food for children? It felt bland but recipe was easy to follow
colabunny
23rd Aug, 2016
Surprisingly tasteless. There are better chicken/couscous recipes on here. Won't be making this again.
Twinklebum99
26th Jul, 2016
I really enjoyed this. I added the stock to a 1/4 of a tin of water. I added 2 fresh chillis to spice it up. Made it with veg in the cous cous. Would definitely make again
thegreatjackson
30th May, 2016
0.05
Like many others reviewing the recipe, it turned out nothing like the picture. Very watery and rather tasteless. Would not recommend- the recipe needs some serious adjustments.
amanda.whitfield
27th Mar, 2014
3.8
Really tasty and was so quick to make. I added loads of extra cumin and a bit extra honey (extra tbsp max). Nice and healthy!
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JonathonO
25th Feb, 2014
4.05
Fantastic dish that is simple to make and tastes awesome.
danielasjorge
1st Aug, 2013
A little TOO lemony for me. Only putting about a teaspoon of lemon juice on cous cous is more than enough.
sutty
31st Aug, 2012
4.05
I agree that it looked nothing like the picture as it was not as dry, however I thought it was lovely. I added broad beans as well as green beans and served it with mango chutney- scrummy :-)
higginsn
20th Apr, 2012
3.05
Thought I'd give this a try as I had some green beans to use up. Very average dish
cazzawatto
22nd Feb, 2012
5.05
Really easy to make and very tasty. Low calorie food shouldn't taste this good!

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JonathonO
25th Feb, 2014
4.05
Some of us that have made this recipe tend to find it is not as dry as it is in the picture which was the same for me (but still tasted awesome). Couple of tips to get around this: Put less chopped tomatoes in the dish Increase honey content slightly so that the spices bind with the chicken and other ingredients a little more Add cornflour to the chicken stock to thicken it Put dry couscous (don't make it separately) in the pan along with the tomatoes so it soaks up some of the juices
Scaff-jh
20th Jan, 2014
use a better quality chicken for less water in the sauce.works great