Chicken with lemon & courgette couscous

Chicken with lemon & courgette couscous

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(135 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 cucurbit, 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…

  • 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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4th Jun, 2020
Currently one of my favourite recipes! It's quick and easy to make, healthy & delicious! And it's a win with my kiddos too, and they are only 3 & 4 so that is high praise! Rxxx
8th Aug, 2018
I gave this 5* because as well as being tasty, it was so easy and uses obvious store cupboard ingredients. I included garlic with frying the chicken as well as lemon. I used Bulgaria wheat which is quick and has a slightly chewy texture which was lovely with this. I also used my spiralizer for the courgettes which gives another good texture. Thanks for a great, simple recipe idea
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Andrew Maufe
13th Jul, 2018
Seasoned with turmeric and caraway, fresh basil, delicious
15th Jan, 2018
Really enjoyed this and it's quick and easy to make. The flavours are subtle and delicious as they are, I think, so I didn't alter the recipe at all.
26th Oct, 2017
Had this for dinner tonight. I added chili flakes, garlic and half a sautéed red onion along with the courgette to the couscous. I also sprinkled the chicken with some fajita seasoning before frying. Delicious!
22nd Sep, 2017
This dish is so easy and so quick! Looking at the rest of the comments I used a peeler to cut the courgettes into ribbons rather than grated it (far less messy). The only other change I made was using less stock as I felt that 400 ml of stock to 200g of cous cous would have made it far to wet, so halved the amount. Also made sure that everything was very well seasoned. This took me about 20 minutes to both prep and cook and it was really tasty, so will definitely be having it again.
13th Jul, 2017
Simple and tasty. I used cauliflower cous cous for the first time instead of normal cous cous and stir fried it along with the courgette (and added garlic and chilli as others have suggested). Worked really well and will do it again.
28th Oct, 2015
Delicious and easy Left me hungry sooner than I liked though
9th Sep, 2015
I sliced courgettes into strips rather than grated them to avoid the soggy results others mentioned. Also cooked it up with garlic, a chili and red onion. Extra lemon juice was added to the cous cous dish. I also sprinkled Moroccan seasoning on the chicken which I oven baked on a bed of cherry tomatoes. And extra lemon juice on this too. Simple and delicious. The family loved it!
30th Mar, 2015
I marinated the chicken in a little olive oil, 1 chopped garlic clove, some dried thyme and seasoning. I also fried another clove of garlic with the courgettes to add to the couscous. So easy and very tasty! My picky husband even liked it!


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24th Mar, 2015
I didn't add any extras to the couscous, but instead diced the chicken and rubbed in some cajun seasoning. I found this worked really well with the flavours from the couscous and really transformed the dish. Will be making this again!
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