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Recipe Of The Week - Lemony Chicken With Fruity Couscous


The distinct contrast between sweet and sour makes this a winner in our book. A must try, especially in the warm weather and takes less than 30 minutes!


Serves 2


  • 2 preserved lemons, halved with flesh and pips discarded
  • 1 fresh thyme sprig, leaves picked
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 chicken breasts, cut in half lengthways
  • 100g couscous
  • 2 red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 100g spring green, thick stalks removed and shredded
  • 30g pine nuts, toasted
  • 4 date, stoned and finely chopped
  • 3 dried apricot, roughly chopped
  • 25g fresh parsley, roughly chopped
  • 25g fresh mint, roughly chopped


  1. Blend the preserved lemon rind, thyme and garlic until almost smooth. Place in a bowl with 1 tbsp olive oil and ½ tbsp. honey and mix to combine. Place chicken breast pieces in the bowl and gently coat with the marinade before placing in a heavy based frying pan over a medium-high heat. Gently fry until cooked through, adjusting the heat if necessary.
  2. Ensure the chicken juices are clear and there is no pink meat visible. Once finished, place the chicken onto a board to rest. Pour the cooking juices into a small bowl and put to the side.
  3. Boil a large pan of water before adding the couscous, cook for 7 minutes.
  4. At the same time, add the sliced pepper and spring greens to a large wok with a splash of olive oil and stir-fry for 7 minutes also. Add a splash of water to create steam and speed up the cooking process.
  5. Take the wok off the heat and drain the boiled couscous into a colander. Put the couscous under cold running water and drain well. Add the couscous, peppers and spring greens to a large bowl and combine with the toasted pine nuts, dates, dried apricots and fresh parsley and mint. Place on a large serving dish.
  6. Sliced the chicken piece into chunky pieces and place on top of the couscous.
  7. Combine the remaining olive oil, honey with the leftover cooking juices from earlier and drizzle over the chicken.
  8. Dig in and enjoy! 

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