Lemon chicken with fruity olive couscous

Lemon chicken with fruity olive couscous

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 8 mins


Serves 4
A low-fat dish of grilled citrus chicken with fresh salad that can be whipped up for a quick supper

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal460
  • fat11g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs49g
  • sugars15g
  • fibre4g
  • protein39g
  • salt2.1g
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  • 4 skinless chicken breasts
  • juice 2 lemons



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

  • 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…

  • 1 tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed

For the couscous

  • 200g couscous



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

  • 85g sultana
  • 250ml hot chicken stock
  • 85g pitted green olive
  • 400g can chickpeas, drained
  • 2 tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley


  1. Butterfly the chicken breasts by cutting through the thickest part of the breast, stopping 1cm before the edge, then opening out like a book. Whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, chilli flakes and garlic. Pour half over the chicken and marinate for 15 mins.

  2. Meanwhile, put the couscous and sultanas in a bowl, then pour over the stock. Cover the bowl with cling film and leave for 5 mins.

  3. Heat a griddle or non-stick frying pan, remove the chicken from the marinade and cook for 4 mins on each side until golden and cooked through.

  4. Fluff up the couscous with a fork and stir in the olives, chickpeas, parsley and the other half of the marinade. Season and serve with the chicken.

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davect's picture
15th Oct, 2014
Quick and easy as well as very tasty. I would probably add more chicken stock to the couscous and sultanas next time since it was a little dry.
25th Aug, 2014
Pretty easy to cook but chicken was a bit test-less.
16th Feb, 2014
Made this for the first time using the recipe from the magazine rather than online - which tells you to pour half the marinade over the chicken...but doesn't tell you what to do with the other half. See this has been corrected here so guessing it will taste more flavoursome next time!
6th Aug, 2013
Added extra liquid to make softer cous cous. Easy as promised and tasty
5th May, 2013
Perhaps I did something wrong... the couscous was nice although cold with the chickpeas not heated. The whole thing was too dry... how much lemon juice do you expect from two lemons? is marinading for 15 minutes long enough? The chicken didn't have enough lemon taste for us.
12th Dec, 2012
I cheat a bit and use a pack of lemon and coriander couscous! But delicious, easy and everyone loves this recipe.
25th Nov, 2012
This is a great dinner! I served it to my guest the other day and it was a success! Not being a fan of sultanas I left them out, but added some pine nuts and served the chicken with a youghurt dressing. I will definitely do this again soon!
14th Nov, 2012
Love everything about this recipe, super tasty and healthy to boot. Sometimes use turkey breasts instead of chicken and that works well too.
5th Aug, 2012
Absolutely delicious! The cooking time was perfect and the chicken was tender and moist. I didn't have any olives or chickpeas and I'm not a fan of sultanas so I made the couscous without them. Still tasted lovely though. I think you definitely need some kind of veg with this. This is going into my binder!
1st Aug, 2012
Made this last night and it was delicious! Admittedly I didn't have olives and I added cherry toms, beetroot and cucumber instead but it was the dressing that made it, and the chicken was so tasty and moist, my husband loved it.


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29th Nov, 2014
Great recipe, all the family love it. The kids especially. We leave out the olives and add cucumber cut into cubes and cherry tomatoes cut in half to the couscous. That feels a bit more like we are getting some vegetables in there. Also, the marinade/sauce is not enough so we make it 1.5x so that the couscous has lots of flavour and is not too dry. All round a great dish that we have made at least half a dozen times. Highly recommend.
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