Lemon chicken and cous cous

Poor me I’m still on holidays in Morocco but in the meantime this is a Moroccan inspired recipe for lemon chicken and cous cous. Serve as a light dinner for two or try eating one serving for a solo dinner and use the leftovers as a lovely lunchtime salad the next day.

There is no denying that this is a quick and healthy meal but for me it was a little too goody two shoes and bland. It may need something extra to spice it up. Perhaps I will discover what is missing in my cooking course in Marrakech….

2 chicken breasts (or use leftover roast chicken)
Zest and juice of half a lemon
150g cous cous
200ml hot chicken stock
125g halfed cherry tomatoes
30g pine nuts
Handful of ripped mint
Olive oil
Salt and pepper

1. Bring a pot of water to the boil and poach the chicken breasts (should take about 8 minutes). Once cooked set aside until cool and then shred. If you have some leftover roast chicken use this instead as a great time saver and admirably thrifty use of leftovers.

2. Whisk together the lemon zest, juice, and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and then pour over the chicken. Cover and leave to marinate for 10 minutes in the fridge.

3. Put a splash of olive oil in a small saucepan and toast the pine nuts until a golden brown.

4. Place the cous cous in a bowl and pour over the hot stock. Leave for about 5 minutes or until the stock is absorbed then fluff up with a fork. Mix in the tomatoes, pinenuts and half the mint.

5. Top the cous cous with the chicken, drizzling over the remaining juices and sprinkle with the rest of the mint.

Serves 2. Adapted from a recipe in Runner’s World – sometimes you find recipes in the most unusual places. More on why I even have a copy or am reading it soon.

If you liked this you may enjoy reading about another good way to use leftover roast chicken in a Pumpkin Risotto with Chicken and Fetta.


  1. garlic, chili, spices

  2. Looking forward to hearing your recommendations on Moroccan food. Funnily enough, our honeymoon is going to be in Marrakesh. I’ve been before, but the future Mrs Aitch hasn’t. I’m looking forward to the street food in that market square, the name of which I’ve temporarily forgotten…

  3. Hope you’re having an excellent holiday, I made a meal inspired by Morocco this week and can’t wait to hear about your food adventures there

  4. Anon – All three could be a bit much?

    Greasy Spoon – Marrakesh will be a great place for a honeymoon. The square I think you are talking about is Djemaa al Fna and I agree it is brilliant.

    Boo – thanks very much. Did you post about your Morocco inspired meal?

  5. Hi, I am planning on making this dish for my school catering “master chef” competition along with nigella lawsons instant chocolate mousse. I am practising it this tuesday to make sure it all will go well 😀

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