Moroccan chicken with lemon couscous

Moroccan chicken with lemon couscous

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(56 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins


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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  • 250g couscous



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

  • zest and juice 1 lemon



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

  • 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



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

  • 1 tsp ground cumin



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

  • 400g can chopped tomatoes



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

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


  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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Louise Dunks's picture
Louise Dunks
25th Jun, 2020
The finished dish seemed to have more liquid than in the picture, but it was tasty. I didn't prepare couscous, I bought a Mediterranean version in a packet which went well with the finished dish, just used half a lemon to put in with the chicken and prepared the couscous as packet instructions. Very easy recipe and would have again!
14th Mar, 2019
Made this for the first time tonight. It had much more liquid than the picture despite being simmered for longer than the stated time. Nonetheless, it was very tasty and wife and I both enjoyed it. Will definitely make again.
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Jill Chambers
1st May, 2018
I added some sultanas and broken Mandarin segments made the sauce lovely and fruity sooo looking forward to dinner now .jillybakes plumstead
22nd Jun, 2017
Fantastic! The dish was delicious, especially provided how low in fats it was and I'll definitely make it again soon. I saw some comments about it not being as "dry" as the picture. I drained the vegetables before adding them to the meal, I'm not sure if this was the correct way but I was very satisfied with the result, so you might want to do it too.
12th Jan, 2017
Not much taste to it really, this may be a good food for children? It felt bland but recipe was easy to follow
23rd Aug, 2016
Surprisingly tasteless. There are better chicken/couscous recipes on here. Won't be making this again.
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
30th May, 2016
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.
27th Mar, 2014
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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25th Feb, 2014
Fantastic dish that is simple to make and tastes awesome.


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JonathonO's picture
25th Feb, 2014
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
20th Jan, 2014
use a better quality chicken for less water in the great
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