No-cook chicken couscous

No-cook chicken couscous

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(19 ratings)

Takes 15-25 minutes


Serves 2
A super-healthy dish that's ready in minutes and just as good hot or cold. It counts as one of your 5-a-day

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal315
  • fat8g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs32g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre3g
  • protein31g
  • salt0.5g
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  • 100g plain couscous



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

  • 100g frozen peas



    A type of legume, peas grow inside long, plump pods. As is the case with all types of legume,…

  • 200ml boiling hot stock, chicken or vegetable
  • 200g packet cooked chicken fillets
  • 1 large tomato, chopped



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

  • 1 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…

  • squeeze of lemon juice, about a teaspoonful


  1. Tip the couscous into a heatproof bowl with the peas. Pour over the hot stock, cover with a plate to keep the heat in, and soak for 5 minutes.

  2. Tear the chicken into good bite-sized strips, then toss half of it on top of the soaked couscous. Mix in with the chopped tomato, then moisten and flavour with the olive oil and lemon juice. Season to your taste – you probably won’t need to add any salt, just some pepper. Divide between two plates and top with the rest of the chicken strips. Drizzle over a little extra olive oil and it’s all ready to serve.

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19th Jun, 2014
Used quorn chicken Instead of actual chicken to make it vegetarian and animal-friendly :)
19th Feb, 2013
So quick and easy to make, i used chicken tikka in one batch and plain chicken in the other for the kids but was too bland compared to the chicken tikka, i used sunblush tomatoes too. Was delicious
2nd Jan, 2013
Very quick and easy. We added some pieces of feta since we had run out of peas!
9th Oct, 2012
Very tasty, quick and easy if you want a meal in a hurry. Tasty too.
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2nd Jun, 2012
I used bulghar wheat insted of the couscous and it worked very good. Really easy and quick and as it says, you can season it to your taste. Thank you ;)
5th Mar, 2012
It's some sort of link!
21st Jan, 2012
Brilliant recipe, left the peas and changed to sweetcorn and debated about changing the tomato but the tomato really added taste. May add a few red peppers next time but so simple, easily could be stored and have as lunch the next day too!
17th Jan, 2012
This was great as a quick and easy lunch or dinner. I used chicken tikka fillets rather than plain which gave the dish a great flavour
1st Aug, 2011
I didnt think there was alot of flavour to this dish but i added a good shake of chilli powder and it was perfect!
12th Jan, 2011
Very nice, I also added some red pepper, raisins and sweetcorn as I had some handy and used leftover roast chicken rather than a packet.


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