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!