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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gfnatalie's picture
26th Jan, 2012
Hi Liz/ Spronny/ Sandra. Apologies but the method section was missing a detail- the other half of the marinade is poured on the couscous as a dressing. This has now been amended. Thanks for spotting it and hope you enjoy/ed this recipe anyway. Thanks, BBC Good Food web team
21st Jan, 2012
Really yummy, I too was puzzled with what to do with the other half of the marinade, so I decided to stir it into the couscous mixture at the end and it worked! Gave it a bit more flavour.
21st Jan, 2012
Loved this recipe. I always get stuck for ideas for cous cous, so I was looking forward to trying this variation. Made it with salmon instead of chicken, and substituted the sultanas for chopped dried apricots, yummy!
18th Jan, 2012
I'm going to make this tonight and I am also wondering why only use half of the marinade....?
17th Jan, 2012
Quick and easy recipe that the whole family enjoyed..including a picky teenager! Only thing I would ask..what do i do with the other half of the marinade? Why only use half?? Would definately make again.
17th Jan, 2012
super easy, super tasty and super healthy.
15th Jan, 2012
Great recipe! Full of flavour and weight watchers friendly!


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