Lemon chicken couscous recipe.

I don’t know why…but I had always thought couscous was a nightmare to cook. Never mind I had never cooked it before. Maybe it’s because good couscous can be so amazingly fluffy and light….which got me to assume that it’d take a lot of skills to produce good couscous.

How wrong was I! Recently, I bought a packet of couscous just cause it was on sale and I’m so glad I did because I finally found out that cooking couscous is easy. In fact, it seems even easier than cooking rice or pasta!

# – Delicious lemon chicken couscous.

Don’t believe me? Read on….

The ingredients:

  • 200 grams of chicken fillet, chopped
    (Marinade the chopped chicken fillet with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, salt, some cooking oil and a dash of cornflour for 30 minutes)
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon zest
  • 50 grams of butter
  • 120 grams of instant couscous
  • 100 ml of water
  • 1 handful of raisins
  • 1 tablespoon of salt

# – First, marinade the chicken in lemon juice, salt, cooking oil and some cornflour for 30 minutes.

# – Then, heat up a well greased griddle and lay all the marinaded chicken meat on it for a few minutes.

# – Turn to cook the other side. Also for a few minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

# – Boil the water in a pan. Add in butter and the salt.

# – When water has started bubbling, turn off the heat and pour the couscous in.

# – Also chuck in the handful of raisins.

# – As well as the lemon zest.

# – Now turn on the lowest heat and gently stir the couscous till it’s not longer wet and the couscous seem fluffy.

# – At this point, add in the grilled chicken made earlier. Mix them up nicely.

# – Before serving, pour some lemon juice all over the couscous.

# – Lemon chicken couscous, DONE!

The couscous was fluffy and light with a nice lemony tang to it, made interesting by the burst of sweetness from the raisins. The meat was tender and deliciously flavoured by the lemon marinade…making this dish a real winner.

Since we’re here, do you know that couscous is also a healthier alternative to pasta or rice? According to Wiki, it has a superior vitamin profile to pasta, containing twice as much riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, and folate, and containing four times as much thiamine and pantothenic acid!

I don’t even know what pantothenic acid does but hey, hook me up!

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12 Responses to Lemon chicken couscous recipe.

  1. Chee Ching July 4, 2011 at 6:02 pm #

    SUPER HUNGERZ NOW! D:

  2. missyblurkit July 4, 2011 at 6:04 pm #

    try steaming the couscous. its fluffier that way. then after that just chuck your chicken etc into it. i make something similar to your but i add in some cashew nuts.

    • Kimberlycun July 4, 2011 at 6:11 pm #

      ooh thanks for the tip! i’m gonna try that next time. and the cashew nuts…brilliant!

  3. ShaolinTiger July 4, 2011 at 6:05 pm #

    Oh man this was REAL GOOD! I want more!

    • Kimberlycun July 4, 2011 at 6:10 pm #

      yeah, i was surprised by how delicious it was too hehe

  4. yvonne July 4, 2011 at 7:44 pm #

    Sweetie, you always make cooking so easy and fuss free. Thankyou for sharing. Regards :-)

  5. whytevee July 4, 2011 at 8:39 pm #

    the couscous looks so fluffy! my first was soggy horror..then i found out a really easy way to cook couscous..instead of dumping it into the stock and let it cook on low heat, try this- pour the stock onto the instant couscous in a big bowl, stir it to mix well and then cover the bowl..the couscous will plump up in a few minutes..then just fluff it up with chopsticks or a spoon..works like a dream! and thanks for the recipe..sounds so good~!

  6. KY July 5, 2011 at 3:23 pm #

    note to self: gotta get a griddle

  7. smoochie July 27, 2011 at 1:52 pm #

    dear kim, can I know where to get the instant couscous? I tried Tesco, but I couldnt find it.

    thanks & regards..

    • Kimberlycun July 27, 2011 at 3:23 pm #

      Try jaya grocer or mercato or cold storage…the more expat friendly shops should have it. Good luck!

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