Lemony roast chicken couscous

Lemony roast chicken couscous

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(15 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins


Serves 4 generously (easily halved)
Quick, cheap and packed full of vitamin C and iron

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal537
  • fat22g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs41g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre1g
  • protein45g
  • salt0.6g
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  • 4 ready-cooked skinless chicken breasts, sliced
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon



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

  • 3 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…

  • 300g couscous



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

  • 400ml hot chicken stock
  • 250g pack of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 50g toasted pine nuts, almonds or walnuts
  • large handful of mint leaves



    There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…


  1. Place the chicken in a shallow dish. Whisk together lemon zest and juice, and olive oil, season, if you want, then pour over the chicken. Cover and leave to marinate for 10 mins in the fridge.

  2. Meanwhile, put the couscous in a bowl and pour over the hot stock. Leave until the stock is absorbed, about 10 mins. Fluff up with a fork, cool for a few mins. Fold in the tomatoes, nuts and half the mint, then season to taste. Drain the lemony marinade from the chicken and mix two-thirds of it in with the couscous.

  3. Pile the chicken on top of the couscous, drizzle over the remaining juices and top with the rest of the mint.

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8th May, 2017
I use parsley instead in mint and add pomegranate to the couscous and chopped apricots. Great way to use up leftover roast chicken and fills 3 kids a 2 adults lunch boxes.
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9th Apr, 2012
Really good as a main dish and as left overs for the next day - yummy!
20th Jun, 2011
Delicious meal, flling but light! I cooked it while on holiday and we ate it outside on a warm summer's night. I used Ainsley Harriott cous cous with lemon and coriander so I didn't add extra lemon to the cous cous. Tasted great.
9th Mar, 2011
I made this last night. I changed the ingredients a little bit though, adding onion, garlic a pinch of chilli flakes and some grated ginger. I also toasted some cashews as we didn't have any almonds or pine nuts at home. The dish was phenomenal. It was incredibly quick and filling. I only made a small portion from the leftovers of a chicken roast the day before and i was stuffed afterward. The flavours and textures were pleasing. I'll certainly be making it again and I would definately recommend it to anyone with some leftover chicken and couscous.
31st Aug, 2009
It wasn't exceptional by any means, but it's tasty enough. I think next time I'll make it I'll add some medeteranian elements like grilled peppers, feta and garlic!
5th Aug, 2009
I did this on a Monday so used left over chicken from Sunday roast shredded. It was really easy and tastes great, filling too. I thought it was even better the next day for packed lunch. I also added some sliced spring onions and quite a bit of pepper to take the tang off the lemon which seemed to work. I probably only used around 10 leaves after reading the previous comment which was plenty and cut the mint up very finely. I may try with coriander instead of mint next time.
8th May, 2009
This is very nice, although I would hold out on the mint leaves a bit. It's a very strong flavour and when you get a full leaf in your mouth it overpowers the lemon. I shredded up just a few leaves and mixed them into the couscous and sprinkled a tiny bit on top.
21st Apr, 2009
I really liked this recipe! It was healthy and filling. Just what we were looking for. I didn't find it too lemonly at all.
18th Mar, 2009
Not bad, but although I reduced the amount of lemon (after reading all the above comments) it still tasted too lemony for me
15th Feb, 2009
Love this dish, so easy and lots of interesting textures. Add lots of fresh herbs and nuts.


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