Chicken cous cous recipe for a tasty week night dinner

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Try out this quick and easy recipe that's full of healthy veggies...

Quick Chicken Cous Cous recipe
If you lead a busy lifestyle it's not always easy to find time for a healthy evening meal. During pregnancy your body is working extra hard, growing your baby and preparing your body for motherhood so it's important to eat well and provide your body with the fuel it needs.

Here's a recipe for a quick and easy weekday dinner to keep you going. Couscous is cheap and simple to prepare,and it goes well with lots of different flavours

Serves: 4 adults


  • 200g couscous
  • 450ml reduced salt vegetable or chicken stock
  • 250g skinless, boneless roast chicken breasts torn into pieces
  • 100g sweetcorn
  • 2 tomatoes chopped
  • ¼ cucumber chopped
  • 1 tbsp lemon (just a squeeze will do)
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper


Put the couscous into a large mixing bowl and cover with the hot stock. Leave for 10-15 minutes to swell and cool, then stir with a fork to fluff up the grains.

Add the chicken, sweetcorn, tomatoes and cucumber. Season with a squeeze of lemon juice and some ground black pepper. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

Tip 1: Make fruity chicken couscous by replacing the sweetcorn, tomatoes and cucumber with chopped apple, seedless grapes and raisins or chopped ready-to-eat dried apricots.

Tip 2: Another time, try using bulgar wheat instead of couscous. Just prepare it in the same way.


20 mins

For more healthy but tasty recipes check out the Meal Mixer on the NHS Change4Life website.

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