July 19


Chicken with Lemon and Herb Couscous – Fit Recipe

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Couscous is a versatile side dish and can be used to absorb and enhance the other flavours in a dish. Served with flavourful chicken, the lemon and herb couscous acts as fresh, light accompaniment.


If you're not that familiar with couscous, it's super easy to make. It doesn't require 'cooking' as such, more just soaking in boiling water until it plumps up.

It's a wonderful addition to grilled chicken or fish but you can use it in lots of ways. Try it with a deep, rich lamb stew and it'll soak up all the delicious juices!


400g chicken breast fillets
3 tbsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 unwaxed lemons
1 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
1 tsp smoked paprika
225g couscous
1 red capsicum, deseeded and sliced
1 yellow capsicum, deseeded and sliced

Serves 4

Chicken with Lemon Herb Couscous Fit Recipe with Macros and MyFitnessPal barcode

Chicken with Lemon & Herb Couscous Method

  • Place the chicken breasts in a large, clean plastic food bag. Seal then beat them with a rolling pin to flatten out. Aim for about 1-2cm thickness
  • Place 2 tablespoons of the oil, the garlic, zest and juice of the 2 lemons, the thyme and paprika in a shallow dish. Add the chicken and turn to coat evenly. Cover and place in the fridge to marinate for 3 to 4 hours.
  • Heat a large, heavy-based frying pan until very hot. Add the chicken with the marinade and cook for 6 or 7 minutes each side until thoroughly cooked. Remove from the pan and wrap in foil to keep warm and rest.
  • Meanwhile, cook the couscous according to the pack instructions.
  • Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil and stir-fry the peppers until just starting to soften. Remove and mix with the couscous. Serve with the chicken.

Chicken with Lemon & Herb Couscous Macros

(per serve)

450 kcal


% of calories










Chicken Lemon Herb Couscous Macros Nutrition


You could of course use any herbs of your choice. Rosemary would be a good match with the chicken, although I would also swap the smoked paprika for the sweet version to round out the flavour.

Here I've kept the couscous fairly plain and simple with lemon and herb to complement the flavourful marinade of the chicken. Instead, you might light to make the couscous using any stock of your choice instead of plain boiling water. You may also like to add a handful or two of nuts and dried fruits (raisins & sultanas) to give a more north-African vibe. These would change the macros a little and would add more calories to the dish.

Be sure to leave me a comment below letting me know how you got on with the chicken with lemon and herb couscous recipe. If you want a printable PDF version, just click the orange button above or click here.

If you're keen on tracking your macros - the PDF has MyFitnessPal barcode for easy logging and tracking.

Happy snacking!

Paul Stokes Perth Personal Trainer Sports Nutritionist Group Fitness Instructor Massage Therapist

About the author

Paul Stokes

Paul Stokes BSc (Hons) is a Certified Personal Trainer, Accredited Sports Nutritionist, qualified Exercise to Music Instructor, Precision Nutrition coach, Massage Therapist and teaches 8 of the Les Mills Group Exercise programs.

He currently works in the Oil & Gas industry as a Wellness Coach, imparting his vast knowledge and experience to improve the quality of life of several hundred offshore workers.

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